On paper, the new Redmi Go phone seems a bit weak. Especially compared to the recently introduced Redmi Note 7 (Review) and Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review) smartphones by the company. But also remember that the phone has been launched at less than Rs 5,000. The biggest drawback of phones in this segment is the low resolution screen. These processors also do not have power and 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? Is the Rs 4,499 Redmi Go made for users upgrading from a feature phone to a smartphone? Let’s know …
Redmi Go Design
Redmi Go is a very simple looking phone. But it seems to be more premium than its price. You cannot guess that it is so economical just by looking at it. The body is plastic. The back is curved. It does not turn. Does not make sense of being weak.
The front panel of Redmi Go has a 16: 9 screen. It is equipped with capacitive Android buttons. But the borders are very wide. It will remind you of the old phone. Because to date, budget phones have upgraded to 18: 9 or longer screens. We have no complaints about the design of the phone. But capacitive buttons are not backlit, so it is not easy to find them in the dark.
The screen is 5 inches. Despite having a wide border, Redmi Go is very compact and it is not easy to use with one hand. This phone is light due to the weight of 137 grams. It will appeal to those users who like a small phone.
There are two trays on the left side. One has space for Nano SIM and MicroSD card and the other for Nano-SIM. It is interesting that the expensive phones of Xiaomi also 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 at the bottom. There is also a speaker grill here. There is a 3.5mm headphone jack on the top. There is a 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 synergy between price and design in this phone.
Redmi Go specification and software
Looking at the price, the processor and screen go in favor of Redmi Go. Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor has been used in it, which is quite old. In recent times it has been a part of many phones in the price range of Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000. Such as Infinix Hot 6 Pro, 10.or D2 and Nokia 2.1. Samsung launched Samsung Galaxy J6 + last year for Rs 15,990. The clock speed of the processor given in the handset is 1.4 GHz.
The screen resolution of Redmi Go is 720×1280 pixels. In this price range, you usually get to see displays with 480×854 pixels or 540×960 pixels resolution. The 5-inch screen is extremely sharp. Colors are slightly muted. Viewing angles are excellent.
On the other hand, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of inbuilt storage is a disappointment. Less RAM may be optimized for Android Go UI. But many apps require more RAM. Talking about storage, a separate microSD card slot removes this deficiency. It has support for 128 GB storage. 8 GB of storage takes no time to finish.
3000 mAh battery is provided. Which will play 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 4G network at a time. It has support for Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.1, FM radio and GPS.
There is an 8-megapixel sensor with F / 2.0 aperture on the back side. A 5-megapixel camera with F / 2.2 aperture is provided on the front panel. You will be able to record up to 1080 pixels of video from both cameras.
Xiaomi has provided 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 reduces the consumption of storage in the phone. Google has also optimized many of its apps. You will find apps like YouTube Go, Maps Go, Gmail Go and Assistant Go. But you will get common versions of Chrome and Google Photos.
Redmi Go performance, camera and battery
The hardware of Redmi Go is very basic for common use. The processor is decent, but there is only 1 GB RAM constraint. Sometimes the phone pauses several times even after opening the menu in an app or scrolling in the Google Play Store. Sometimes the app takes longer to load. Overall, the experience of using this phone is similar to other handsets available for less than Rs 5,000.
Go apps have many fun functions. YouTube Go tells you 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.
Out of box our Redmi Go review unit had only 58 per cent of 8 GB of storage available for use. This means that you will not be able to store games with heavy graphics in this phone. By the way, we would suggest all our readers to use MicroSD in this phone.
We have tried to play PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9: Legends in this phone. Both these games were not made for this phone. Asphalt 8: Airborne sure did, but the effects were disabled. But the game was playable. Games with less powerful graphics work well on phones.
Generally, low-cost phones do not have a camera. Redmi Go is also no different. There are not many features in the app. Features HDR and some basic color filters. In manual mode, you will be able to control white balance, ISO, shutter speed and focus. Panorama mode is also not there, Portrait mode is far away.
In the light of day, the pictures we took came just fine, only on the phone screen. The photos were not as vibrant as we expected. After checking full-size on the computer, we found that the colors popped up a bit. But the lack of quality was palpable. Textures look artificial. The edges of the object are not fully defined every time. Details were also lacking. The camera works well in shooting against light. But HDR is not automatic and there are complaints of shutter lag. Low-cost phones launched in recent times also work well in close-up shots. But this is not the case with Redmi Go.
As for the pictures taken in the dark, most of the shots we took were Noisey and Granny. Objects were not properly defined and motion blur was also reported. The good thing is that the object is easily identified in the shot. Even though they don’t look good. You can use pictures taken with Redmi Go’s camera on social media and messaging apps.
Videos are jerky recorded and the focus is not static. Quality is satisfactory in 1080 pixels. Do not rely on Redmi Go to capture the 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 all day. We charged the phone the next morning only. In our HD video loop test the battery lasted for 9 hours 50 minutes.
Redmi Go does not grab attention as much as Xiaomi’s slightly expensive phone. But considering the price, it comes with decent hardware. This is good news for those whose budget is extremely low. We wish that it should have more RAM and storage variants.
The phone does not get too much challenge at this price. But the 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 cell. By spending just 500 rupees more, you get powerful Snapdragon 430 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage and many other features compared to Redmi Go.
In the end, we will say that if you can afford more, then buy Redmi 6A (Review) which will give better performance and will also last longer.