Xiaomi has dominated the budget phone niche around the world and has increased their market share in India considerably over the past few years thanks to their affordable handsets. They are now market leaders with 28% of the market share.
They now hope to improve their sales of budget phones further with the launch of the Redmi Go, their first phone using the slimmed-down Android Go OS. This phone will be launching in Europe too, so great for people on a tight budget.
Xiaomi has not revealed all the details concerning some of the specs and pricing of the Redmi Go. It will be positioned below one of the current best budget phones on the market, the Redmi 6A which you can buy from GearBest for £87.
As you would expect for a phone this price, the specification and design is basic but functional. The phone features as 5-inch HD display with 720p resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio with absolutely no sign of a notch.
The exact processor has not been revealed yet but they have announced it is a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. This is expected to be the Snapdragon 427 chipset.
The phone is expected to feature 1GB of RAM and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage that should be expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.
It has a 3,000mAh which isn't great for most flagship phones but the low powered chipset and low resolution screen means this should have great battery life.
Xiaomi has confirmed in the tweet that the phone sports an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP selfie snapper on the front.
Connectivity-wise, we can expect the phone to feature 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and microUSB.
Android Go is a lightweight version of Android designed for low powered phones and comes with Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Gmail Go, and more, all of which are optimised for these devices.
The Xiaomi Redmi Go will go on sale in February at a price of £70/€80 in Europe.