At an event in New Delhi, India, Xiaomi announced its first Android Go phone, the Redmi Go. This is a low-end device with a 5-inch 7: 8p 16: 9 screen, 1 GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 425 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, a 3,000 mAh battery and 8 GB of expandable internal storage. It runs the Go version of Android 8.1 Oreo, which is optimized for less powerful devices and comes with Google applications designed to use less storage and data.
Redmi Go is not a source of power, but it is not necessary to be – Xiaomi is approaching the prices of special phones here. In Rs. 4,499 (~ $ 65) for a full smartphone, devices like the popular Rs. 2,999 (~ $ 45) JioPhone 2, a QWERTY phone running KaiOS, will look a little less attractive to some consumers. The Redmi Go is also cheaper than its competitors like the Nokia 1.
Yesterday in China Xiaomi also announced the Redmi 7, the last entry in the series of budget sub-brands that Indian customers in particular, have driven to become some of the most popular phones in the world.
The Redmi 7 is essentially a low-end version of the Redmi Note 7 that was launched in January: it has a 720p screen with a 6.26-inch "drop of water" notch, a Snapdragon 632 processor, a 4,000 mAh battery , 2 to 4 GB of RAM, 16 to 64 GB of storage and a 12 megapixel camera with a 2 megapixel depth sensor. There is also a connector for headphones, USB-C and an infrared emitter.
The Redmi 7 will face phones like the Realme 3 of Oppo's secondary brand Sppo-Out, and, as is typical in this series, it will be very competitive in price. A model with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage will cost only 699 yuan (~ $ 105), while the 3GB / 32GB variant slightly undercuts the Realme 3 equivalent to 799 yuan (~ $ 119).