Mi Redmi Go at Rs 4,499: Is It Really Good?

Last updated on June 15th, 2019

Xiaomi’s new offering – the Redmi Go, is one of the cheapest smartphones in India right now. The sale starts tomorrow on Flipkart.

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If you don’t know about the Android Go edition – let me tell you that…

We know that the entry-level Android smartphones usually struggle to give a smooth user experience. So, Google developed the ‘Android (Go edition)‘ along with some new Go edition apps exclusively for entry-level smartphones.

So, in a nutshell, Android Go is designed to work with low hardware requirements.

In this article, we shall take a look at what Mi Redmi Go offers and if it’s good enough for what it is worth at 4,499 INR

Key Specifications of Mi Redmi Go

  • 5.0-inch HD Display (720p)
  • 8 MP Primary Camera (1080p video recording)+ 5 MP Front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM support + SD Card Slot
  • Snapdragon 425 Quad-core Processor
  • 1 GB RAM with 8 / 16 GB Internal Storage options
  • 3000 mAh Battery
  • Android Oreo (Go edition)

Here’s What I Think About The Mi Redmi Go

I’ve seen some people compare it with the Asus Zenfone Lite L1 (which offers a slightly better processor and more RAM for performance).

However, that is definitely not a fair comparison. Here’s why:

The Asus Zenfone Lite L1 does not run Android Go edition – so considering that, 2 GB RAM isn’t a great deal.

In this case, the Mi Redmi Go does run on Android Go edition. So we know that it has been tailored to work with low-end hardware configurations.

Yes, 1 GB of RAM sounds really terrible on paper. But, with the Android Go edition on board, you can certainly be confident.

In either case, this is not a smartphone for a power user. You would want to get this only if your requirements include basic messaging tasks for work or personal usage, having an Android device to click decent pictures, and a basic HD display to enjoy watching YouTube.

And, with a 3000 mAh battery – it will easily get you through the day.

However, you need to make sure that you use the Go editions (or the lite versions) of the applications to get the best smooth experience on Mi Redmi Go.

If you end up installing the original app (and not the lite edition), you will definitely notice horrible performance. So, make sure that you install the Go editions for the apps you want to use.

Wrapping Up

For 4,499 INR, it sounds very good to me. This could be the perfect pick for people who just need to utilize the basic facilities of a smartphone without spending a lot.

What do you think about it? Planning to get one for yourself? Or thinking to gift it to your parents/grandparents who don’t require the latest smartphone features?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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