Xiaomi announces its first Android Go smartphone, Redmi Go

Chinese smartphone brand Xiaomi has announced its first smartphone running Android Go.

Thanks to leaks in the runup to the announcement, we’ve known quite a bit about the Redmi Go and, there are no surprises.

As expected, the Redmi Go packs a 5-inch HD display, 1GB RAM, 8GB onboard storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card, an 8-megapixel main camera backed by a 5-megapixel shooter on the front, a Snapdragon 425 chipset from Qualcomm, a 3,000mAh battery unit and, the Go edition of Android 8.1, Oreo.

Interestingly, the device shuns the trend towards 18:9 displays opting to, instead, stick with the tried and tested 16:9 panels.

While a price tag of Kshs 8,000 or less is being carelessly thrown around, Xiaomi has not officially confirmed the device’s pricing or even availability though, for the latter, markets like India can expect to be first in line.

Given the reception of budget Xiaomi devices locally, like the Redmi 5A in 2017 and the Redmi 6A last year, and the proliferation of Android Go devices, the Redmi Go is outrightly a very good fit for the Kenyan market. Our fingers are crossed that we’ll get to see it here someday. It will be an interesting way to re-introduce the Redmi brand, now that it is its own man at Xiaomi (it is a sub-brand, just like the budget wonder, Pocophone).

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