new on paper Redmi Go The phone feels a bit weak. Especially recently introduced by the company Redmi Note 7 ,review) And Redmi Note 7 Pro ,review) compared to smartphones. But also remember that the phone has been launched for less than Rs 5,000. The biggest drawback of the phone in this segment is the low resolution screen. These processors also do not have power and the cameras are of no use. The phones in this range are also very weak in build quality.
Can Xiaomi repeat its feat in the entry-level smartphone segment? what Redmi Go priced at Rs 4,499 Made for the user upgrading from a feature phone to a smartphone? Let’s know…
Redmi Go Design
Redmi Go is a very simple looking phone. But it looks more premium than its price. You cannot guess just by looking at it that it is so affordable. The body is of plastic. The back is curved. It doesn’t turn. Doesn’t give a feeling of being weak.
There is a 16: 9 screen on the front panel of Redmi Go. It is equipped with a capacitive Android button. But the borders are very wide. It will remind you of the old phone. Because in today’s date budget phones have upgraded to 18: 9 or longer screen. We do not have any complaints with the design of the phone. But the capacitive buttons are not backlit, so they are not easy to find in the dark.
The screen is 5 inches. Despite the wide border, the Redmi Go is very compact and it is not easy to use it with one hand. Due to the weight of 137 grams, this phone is light. This will appeal to those users who like small phones.
There are two trays on the left. One has a nano-SIM and microSD card and the other has room for a nano-SIM. It’s funny that even expensive Xiaomi phones come with a hybrid SIM slot. But this phone has a separate microSD card slot. The power and volume buttons are on the right. There is a Micro-USB port on the bottom. There is also a speaker grille here. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top. There is a single camera setup on the back side. There is no notification LED in this phone.
Redmi Go has been launched in Black and Vibrant Blue finish colors. We have got a black unit for review and fingerprints do not fall easily on it. Xiaomi has achieved a great balance between price and design in this phone.
Redmi Go Specifications and Software
Considering the price, the processor and screen go in favor of the Redmi Go. Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor has been used in this, which is quite old. It has been a part of many phones in the price range of Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 in recent times. Such as Infinix Hot 6 Pro, 10.or D2 and Nokia 2.1. Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy J6+ last year for Rs 15,990. The clock speed of the processor given in the handset is 1.4 GHz.
The resolution of the screen of Redmi Go is 720×1280 pixels. In this price range, you generally get to see displays with 480×854 pixels or 540×960 pixels resolution. The 5 inch screen is very sharp. Colors are a bit muted. Viewing angles are excellent.
On the other hand, the 1GB of RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage does disappoint. Low RAM even though it is optimized for Android Go UI. But many apps require more RAM. Talking about storage, the separate microSD card slot makes up for this shortcoming. It has support for 128 GB storage. It takes no time to run out of 8 GB storage.
3000 mAh battery is provided. Who will do well. Because the hardware is not very powerful. There is no support for quick charging. You can use two 4G SIM cards, but only one SIM will run on the 4G network at a time. It has support for Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.1, FM radio and GPS.
On the back side there is an 8-megapixel sensor with F / 2.0 aperture. A 5 megapixel camera with F / 2.2 aperture has been given on the front panel. You will be able to record videos up to 1080 pixels with both cameras.
Xiaomi has given ambient light, accelerometer and proximity sensors in the phone. But there is no gyroscope or compass. There is no fingerprint sensor or face recognition in the phone.
Xiaomi has used Android Go in this phone, but the version is Android 8.1. This means that it runs on less RAM and also consumes less storage on the phone. Google has also optimized many of its apps. You’ll find apps like YouTube Go, Maps Go, Gmail Go, and Assistant Go. But you’ll get the normal versions of Chrome and Google Photos.
Redmi Go Performance, Camera and Battery
The hardware of Redmi Go is very basic for general use. The processor is fine, but only 1GB RAM is the bottleneck. Sometimes the phone pauses even after opening the menu in an app or scrolling in the Google Play Store. Sometimes the app takes too long to load. Overall, the experience of using this phone is similar to other handsets available under Rs. 5,000.
Go apps have tons of fun functions. In YouTube Go, you are told how much data will be consumed to play each video. You can choose the quality of the video according to your need. You can save some videos. Which can be played again and again later.
Out of the box in our Redmi Go review unit, only 58 percent of the 8 GB storage was available for use. This means that you will not be able to store heavy graphics games in this phone. Well, we would suggest all our readers to use microSD in this phone.
We have tried playing PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends in this phone. Both these games are not made for this phone. Asphalt 8: Airborne did run, but effects were disabled. But the game was playable. Games with less powerful graphics run fine on the phone.
Generally, the camera of low priced phones does not have the power. Redmi Go is also no different. Not many features are given in the app. Features HDR and some basic color filters. In manual mode, you’ll be able to control white balance, ISO, shutter speed and focus. There’s also no panorama mode, let alone a portrait mode.
The pictures we took in daylight came out fine, only on the phone’s screen. The photos were not as vibrant as we expected. After checking it at full-size on a computer, we found that the colors popped up a bit more. But the lack of quality was clearly visible. The textures look artificial. The edges of the object didn’t look perfectly defined each time. Details were also lacking. The camera does a decent job of shooting against light. But HDR is not automatic and there are complaints of shutter lag. The low-priced phones launched in recent times also do well in close-up shots. But this is not the case with Redmi Go.
As for photos taken in the dark, most of the shots we took were noisy and grainy. Objects were not well defined and there were complaints about motion blur. The good thing is that the object in the shot is easily recognized. Even if they don’t look good. You can use the pictures taken with the camera of Redmi Go on social media and messaging apps.
Video jerky is recorded and focus is also not stable. The quality is satisfactory at 1080 pixels. Don’t rely on Redmi Go to capture the most important moments of your life on camera. Beautification is available in the front camera. But the quality is very basic.
The 3000 mAh battery easily lasted a whole day. We charged the phone the next morning itself. The battery lasted for 9 hours and 50 minutes in our HD video loop test.
The Redmi Go doesn’t grab as much attention as Xiaomi’s slightly more expensive phones. But considering the price, it comes with decent hardware. This is good news for those people whose budget is very less. We wish it should have been a variant with more RAM and storage.
At this price, the phone does not get much of a challenge. But ZenFone Lite L1 cannot be ignored. It was launched for Rs 6,999. But usually it is available on Flipkart for Rs 4,999 in the sale. By spending just Rs 500 more, you get a powerful Snapdragon 430 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage and many other features as compared to Redmi Go.
In the end, we would say that if you can afford more then buy Redmi 6A (Review) which will give better performance and will last longer.