Android Go was developed by Google to be offered on smartphones very limited technically. Xiaomi uses it to create the cheapest smartphone.
Xiaomi is primarily known for its broken prices in the smartphone market, although the brand could soon raise its prices. Using Android Go, the Chinese firm has pushed this principle a little further and formalizes the Redmi Go in India. A cheap smartphone, with a data sheet at the height of the price.
To reach its price, the Redmi Go pushes all the sliders to a minimum. Here is his technical sheet.
5 inch 1280 x 720 pixel screen
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
1 GB of RAM
8GB of storage (micro SD player up to 128GB)
8 megapixel camera f / 2.0
5 megapixel front camera
3000 mAh battery
Android Oreo (Go Edition)
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
4G LTE bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 (with 20 and 28 depending on the markets)
140.4 x 70.1 x 8.35 mm for 181 grams
As you can see, Xiaomi has really done the minimum with this smartphone. The technology used for the screen is not specified, so we can assume that it's good old TN, technology that has now almost disappeared in favor of the IPS LCD.
Difficult not to be afraid about the performance of the device when we see the characteristics that we find today rather on connected objects, not smartphones. One thinks in particular to the 8 GB of storage which should quickly be saturated, as well as the simple GB of RAM.
In India, Xiaomi announced that the smartphone would be marketed for 4,499 Indian rupees or 57 euros HT. This is one of the lowest prices on the market for the launch of a 4G LTE smartphone. A very interesting price, but we still wonder if the sacrifices were not too big to reach it.
As a reminder, this smartphone should also land in Europe. The proposed rate would be under 80 euros.
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