Xiaomi's sub-brand Redmi has launched its much-awaited budget smartphone, Redmi Go, at Rs. 4,499 in India today.
It features an HD display, long-lasting battery, basic-level internals, dedicated expandable storage, and a front-and-rear camera.
The phone, which comes as the company's first ever Android Go-based handset, will go on sale from March 22 via Mi India e-store and Flipkart.
To begin with, what is Android Go
The Android Go operating system (OS) by Google is an optimized version of the latest Android Oreo OS which is specially designed for low-configuration smartphones.
It runs the Lite version of several Google apps, which load faster, use less data, and take up less space.
Android Go is everything Google needs to reach more customers and expand into newer markets.
Design and camera
Xiaomi Redmi Go: At a glance
Redmi Go sports prominent bezels up front while the back looks clean with a single rear camera.
It offers 5-inch HD (720 x 1280 pixels) touchscreen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 296ppi.
In the camera department, the phone offers an 8MP (f/2.0) rear camera capable of recording videos at 1080p and a 5MP (f/2.2) selfie camera.
The smartphone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition)
The Redmi Go is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory which is expandable up to 128GB via micro-SD card.
The smartphone packs a 3,000mAh battery and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition).
Notably, Android Go operating system is optimized for low-end budget phones with 1GB of RAM or less
Redmi Go: Connectivity options and sensor details
In terms of connectivity options, the Redmi Go supports dual-SIMs with 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Hotspot.
The smartphone comes equipped with GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Further, Redmi Go offers all standard sensors such as an accelerometer, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor. However, it lacks a fingerprint scanner.
The smartphone will go on sale from March 22
Redmi Go, launched at a pocket-friendly price of Rs. 4,499, comes in two colors- black and blue. The smartphone will be available for purchase from March 22 via Mi India e-store, Flipkart and Mi home stores across the country.