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Redmi Go review:  Small 5 "HD Smartphone in retro look

Redmi Go review: Small 5 "HD Smartphone in retro look

By  Daniel Camilo 2019-05-28 871 1

Xiaomi has also released the low-priced Redmi Go with its brand Redmi. Small, compact and under 100 euros, we want to take a closer look.

Redmi GO image


Redmi Go, sounds a bit like To Go, so "on the go". Presumably Redmi thought of it with the compact size of 5 ". First of all, the Redmi Go is absolutely minimalistic, you feel visually almost 6 years back and get a light retro feeling. The device was kindly provided to us in the Global Version by the CECT-Shop. Thanks a lot for this.

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The design of the packaging is again very simple, just Xiaomi. White box, front model name, rear specifications. As accessories we have an EU power supply, a micro-USB charging cable, a Simslot opener, and a manual.

Design and workmanship

The design of the Redmi Go is simply minimalist, no notch, no fingerprint sensor, a camera lens. No frills, a little reminiscent of the Redmi 2. The relatively wide display edge and the capacitive buttons then complete the retro look.


The back really looks very much like the first models, just a shiny plastic back, LED flash and a camera lens. Below then, strangely, the Mi logo, not as expected, that Redmi logo. Maybe some old case backs have been used here?


When walking around the Redmi Go we have almost the usual suspects. On the right side you will find the power button and the volume rocker. Unchanged, and very well incorporated into the case. Completely according to Xiaomi standard. On the opposite side it is a little different. This time we have 2 slots. 1 for the SD card (up to 128GB) and one for up to 2 Sim cards. Looks very unusual, but has the same function as the new hybrid slots. On the bottom there is the mono speaker and the micro-USB port. The top then houses the 3.5mm jack connection.


When walking around the Redmi Go we have almost the usual suspects. On the right side you will find the power button and the volume rocker. Unchanged, and very well incorporated into the case. Completely according to Xiaomi standard. On the opposite side it is a little different. This time we have 2 slots. 1 for the SD card (up to 128GB) and one for up to 2 Sim cards. Looks very unusual, but has the same function as the new hybrid slots. On the bottom there is the mono speaker and the micro-USB port. The top then houses the 3.5mm jack connection.

Operation and software

The Redmi Go comes in the delivery state with the Android 8.1 Go. Android Go has been specially developed for less powerful devices. It is based on Android 8.1 and is standardized with many apps in the Light variants, such as. Youtube Go, Facebook Lite or the Mint Browser. Due to the low specs of the Redmi Go, I think there will be no MIUI version here. Google services are all there and work great too. Since this is the Global Version, we also have the German language available.


An Appdrawer you have in this version also, and you have tried to take as many features from the Android stick as possible. The preinstalled apps were actually all running smoothly. There will also be an update to Android 9 Go in the near future.

Power

In the Redmi Go we have a Snapdragon 425 MSM8917 with 4 Cortex A53 cores a 1.4 Ghz. There are also 1GB DDR3 RAM and 8GB eMMC memory. In terms of performance, of course, we are moving at a low level here. So low that Antutu has already refused service in the first place. Unfortunately, I could not do a test on what it was, I do not know. In the Geekbench test, we received a whopping 627 single core and 1694 multicore points, both of which are below the Nexus 5. In the Slingshot Test the Redmi Go scored 54 points.


Current games were not working properly, PUBG directly refused the service. Let's play Need for Speed smoothly at the lowest detail rate, and small games in between such as Temple Run also ran flawlessly.

Network and voice quality

The voice quality of the Redmi Go during a call is top. My counterpart could understand me very well, no problems. Since the Redmi Go was available in the Global Version for testing, also Band 20 is available.

Network standards:

>WCDMA 850/1900 / 2100MHz

GSM 850/900/1800 / 1900MHz

FDD LTE: Bl / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12 / B17 / B20

Connectivity

With the WLAN the Redmi Go offers as already the Redmi 7 in the standard 802.11 b / g / n with 2.4GHz. Otherwise, Wifi-Direct is still supported. GPS comes standard GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS and Beidou. The first fix took about 32 seconds for a relatively long time, but after that everything went smoothly.

Camera

The camera of the Redmi Go Xiaomi is also very spartan. Here we have a simple CMOS sensor with 8 megapixels and a f / 2 aperture as the main camera. and a 5 MP selfie camera with a f / 2.2 aperture installed in the front. Video footage goes to the main camera with 2 MP. By default it supports HDR, Auto Focus, and for the front camera the AI ​​Beauty mode. Neither Panorama nor Portrait, no Time-Lapse or Slow-Mo are available. As I said, very simple.


Nevertheless, the camera delivers very good results in standard mode. The photos have a good sharpness and the contrast is usually correct, even in less than optimal lighting conditions. Of course you can not compare them with cameras from the Mi 9 or the Note 7, but still very well suited for snapshots. Here you can convince yourself.

Battery life

The Redmi Go has a 3,000 mAh battery. Here is the runtime definitely good that the device comes with such Spartan equipment. In active running time test I come to a running time of just under 1.5 days at a DoT of about 6 hours. That's really good for 3000 mAh. Since we do not have any QC on the Redmi Go, charging takes about 10% to 100% around the 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Conclusion Redmi Go

We start directly with the sentence, for whom is the Redmi Go suitable? On the one hand, for anyone who wants a smart phone with the essential features, and would like to stay as compact as possible. For beginners, it is also perfect, as well as a second hand. The 5 "display is perfect for the little things in size, the device in all its dimensions is even perfect for the pocket. Visually it takes me a bit into the beginnings of Xiaomi, because you can actually be nostalgic easily. The camera delivers good pictures in the price range below 100 euros and yes the SoC does what he can, that's not really optimal. But also here is said, we are not talking about a high-end device, but move with the almost 80 euros, which costs the Redmi Go, in the low budget area. Even the battery life is very good, which is actually almost always the case with Xiaomi. In summary, a compact smartphone in retro look, as a good second hand or for the beginner.

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