Xiaomi announced the phone on Twitter earlier today, posting a picture that seems to confirm the design shared by leaker Ishan Agarwal last week. Furthermore, Xiaomi notes that the device has a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Snapdragon chipset clocked at 1.4Ghz, a 3,000mAh battery, an 8MP main camera, and a 5MP selfie snapper.
— Mi (@xiaomi) January 29, 2019
In other words, Agarwal’s leak contained more information than the official Xiaomi post. The leak suggested the device would ship with a Snapdragon 425 chipset (a quad-core chip that indeed tops out at 1.4Ghz), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, and (of course) Android Go based on Android 8.1.
It seems like you’re essentially getting a Xiaomi Redmi 2 with a few tweaks. The older phone also offered 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, and an 8MP main camera. But the Redmi 2 differs by using an older quad-core chipset (Snapdragon 410), a 2,200mAh battery and a 2MP selfie camera. Furthermore, the Redmi Go seems to offer a slightly bigger screen, albeit at the same resolution as the old device.
Probably the biggest Redmi Go mystery is the price tag, as Xiaomi is well-known for offering incredible value for money. According to WinFuture, the low-end smartphone will be available in Europe for under 80 euros (~$91). This makes it cheaper than several big-name rivals, like the $100 Nokia 1 and the ~$90 Samsung Galaxy J2 Core.
What do you think of the Redmi Go? Would you buy this if you were in the market for a low-end phone?