Interesting news from the Xiaomi phone stable: their upcoming Redmi Go phone won't run the company's MIUI version of Android like the others.
Instead, the Redmi Go will apparently run Android 8.1 Oreo Go, the lower-end version of Oreo for less capable phones. That's particularly interesting because Xiaomi is known for relying on the revenue stream its software subscriptions bring in, and those services likely wouldn't be available on Go.
Xiaomi Philippines posted a teaser on Facebook:
And a publication also based in the Philippines, Revü, managed to screenshot the specs when the product page went up on an online shop too early:
"5-inch LCD display, 1,280 x 720 resolution (16:9)
Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
Adreno 308 GPU
MicroSD, up to 128GB
8-megapixel rear camera
5-megapixel front camera
Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition)"
Those specs explain the use of Android Go: the phone has just 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It's also running the lower-end Snapdragon 425 chipset, but does include a decently generous 8MP and 5MP camera combination as well as a 3,000mAh battery. With a 5-inch, lower-res screen, that should last you a good while.
We don't yet know if we'll see the Redmi Go on these shores, but anyone hoping for a low-cost, longer-lasting Android should be watching with interest. [Techradar]