Xiaomi recently announced that Redmi in itself will be separated into another standalone brand under the Xiaomi Corporation. One of the phones officiated after that announcement is the Redmi Go, a low-end smartphone that is powered by Android Go.
The Xiaomi Redmi series of smartphones are focused on being the best in performance for an unbelievably low price. It pioneered the way through and recently, and they are now venturing to an even more niche market. So far, the only other company that makes Android Go smartphones is Nokia.
SIRIM’s database reveals that the codename M1903C3GG is the Xiaomi Redmi Go, and it passed SIRIM certification just a few days ago.
The Xiaomi Redmi Go has this list of specs:
- 5-inch 720p display (16:9 aspect ratio) IPS LCD
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset (fabricated with 28nm process)
- 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4GHz
- Adreno 308 GPU
- 8MP f/2.0 rear-facing camera
- 5MP f/2.2 selfie camera
- 1GB LPDDR3 RAM
- Up to 16GB of eMMC 5.1 internal storage
- 3,000mAh battery
- Android Go
- Dedicated 2x nano SIM + single microSD card slots
Obviously, Android Go smartphones are meant for the lower end of the market so don’t expect much from it. However, you can expect timely updates and security patches since these updates are provided from Google directly.
From the specs alone, the 3,000mAh might be a little tough to fulfill a full day’s worth of usage since the Snapdragon 425 is a pretty power hungry chipset.
Since the Redmi Go has already passed SIRIM certification, we expect it to be available for sale very soon.
As for the price of the Redmi Go, we expect it to be around the RM400 mark. We still do not know when Xiaomi Malaysia will start selling the Redmi Go yet.
Xiaomi’s Redmi series of smartphones faced real competition from ASUS with the ZenFone Max series, the suddenly entry of Realme 2 Pro, the HONOR 10 Lite, and also an unexpected contender – the Samsung Galaxy M20.
Perhaps other manufacturers will tap into the Android Go market segment of smartphones in the near future?