Xiaomi Redmi Go review
Slender design and streamlined OS
Our Xiaomi Redmi Go review finds a smartphone that is great for anyone looking for a streamlined Android experience. An HD display, sleek design, and Android Go make this Xiaomi phone a great choice for a first Android phone or anyone looking for an affordable smartphone.
The Xiaomi Redmi Go has an HD screen that is compact at 5”. The display has a 16:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 296 pixels per inch or 720x 1,280 pixels.
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The display may not have as high a resolution as some other phones on the market but you still get decent performance. Crisp details and clear and bright colours make the Xiaomi Redmi Go great for gaming, web browsing or searching your social networks.
The Xiaomi Redmi Go has a sleek and compact design with a metallic casing that makes the phone feel like a good quality device. You can choose from either a blue or black version of the phone. The phone is 8.4mm thick and weighs 137g. The super lightweight feel of the phone makes it a breeze to use one-handed
The Xiaomi Redmi Go has a Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. While other more expensive handsets are packing more power, the Redmi Go is using the Android Go version of the OS to optimise the phone performance. This is a streamlined version of Android and uses less power so you get a responsive device that can easily run multiple apps.
Phone Set Up
The Xiaomi Redmi Go keeps things simple so there is no fingerprint sensor but you can use the usual Android security options. Set up the phone with a PIN, password or pattern to unlock the screen and keep your information secure.
The phone has a modest memory at just 8GB or 16GB options. This can be boosted with a microSD card to give you ample space for your photos, videos, and other files. There is a dedicated microSD card slot on the Xiaomi Redmi Go and this can be used with a card of up to 128GB.
The Xiaomi Redmi Go uses the Android Go version of Android Oreo. The OS has been reimagined and built to make the most affordable smartphones perform better.
Some of the advantages of Android Go include:
- More storage
- Better performance
- Data savings
With lighter versions of the apps on board and fewer apps pre-installed, Android Go gives you more storage straight out of the box. The Go versions of your favourite apps have been designed to use less memory and updates are lighter. This improves performance significantly and keeps the phone memory free for your other files.
Some Android Go apps include:
Gallery Go - a fast, light and offline gallery
Google Go - a redesigned browser to make it easy and quick to find what you are looking for
Google Assistant Go - this lighter version now allows phones with 1GB or less to get the digital assistant
Google Play Protect - advanced security features to protect the phone
Loud and clear
The Xiaomi Redmi Go has been designed to give you superb sound whether you are listening to music or making calls or video chats. The speaker is placed at the bottom of the phone for a better hands-free call or music playback experience. The high sensitivity receiver and dual microphones reduce ambient noise and make call quality much clearer.
Camera & Video
The rear camera on the Xiaomi Redmi Go is an 8MP lens. The 4-element lens has an f/2.0 aperture and a single LED flash for illuminating the shot. Some of the camera features include:
- Burst Mode
- Countdown timer
- Manual Mode
- 1080p video recording
There is plenty of software designed to make each photo look its best. Smart scene modes will recognise different types of scenery and adjust settings to suit. You can choose from a number of different real-time filters to add a unique touch to the shot.
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5MP selfie camera
The 5MP selfie camera is great when you want to snap a shot on a night out or want a selfie to share on social media. The 3-element lens has an f/2.2 aperture and you can use the selfie timer to get ready for the photo. The front camera can capture HDR shots and there are a number of different beauty profiles to enhance the image as it's captured.
Up to 10 days standby
The Xiaomi Redmi Go has a 3,000mAH battery on board. This long-lasting battery coupled with the Android Go optimised performance delivers a great battery life. Xiaomi state that the Redmi Go can provide up to:
- 5 hours video playback
- 12 hours of call time
- 78 hours of music playback
- 10 days of standby time
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Written by: Carmel Brown