first Android Go

Today, Xiaomi announced the launch of Redmi Go which is the company’s first Android Go phone. It is the new ultra-budget smartphone which is aimed at developing markets. As the name suggests the device will be running on Andriod Go which is the lightweight version of Android that promises to offer a smooth experience with lower hardware specs.

The Redmi Go has a price range under $100 and runs on a stripped-down version of Android called Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition. It is a bit surprising to see Xiaomi not going with the latest Go version which is the Android 9.0 Pie Go. The budget phone is made to be used by people with limited internet connectivity and offer pre-installed versions of Google apps like Gmail Go and YouTube Go that are focused on saving space and data.

Talking about the specs, it has a 720p and a five-inch display screen. Redmi Go comes with a polycarbonate construction all around and for the record, there’s no fingerprint scanner. The front side is mostly bezel, having a resolution of 1280×720 pixels and without a notch, the aspect ratio is a standard 16:9.

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It features an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie camera, it also supports HDR and LED flash and gives you a pretty good battery life present with a 3,000mAh battery capacity. WinFuture reports that it runs on a Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and offers 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD.

It features a hybrid SIM slot which means you can either use it as a dual SIM configuration or one SIM plus a microSD card. The Xiaomi Redmi first Andriod Go has been launched only in Europe with a price tag of $90, availability in other countries is still unknown and not discussed by the company yet.

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