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Xiaomi to debut $90 budget Android Go phone

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The race for smartphone dominance has taken yet another form. Around the same time that Apple announced that it’s lowering prices for iPhones outside the US on the heels of the first-ever holiday season losses, a budget Android Go phone is also making its debut.

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi announced via Twitter on January 28 the debut of Redmi Go, the first Android Go phone the company has ever produced.

The price? It comes in at under 100 US dollars, most likely around $91.50 or thereabouts. That’s about 80 euros or S$124, an excellent price for an Android phone.

The Redmi Go uses the Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition, a basic version of Android. It has pre-installed, space and data saving versions of popular Google apps Gmail Go and YouTube Go made specifically for those with limited wireless connectivity.

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Here are Xiaomi’s Redmi Go’s specifications:

Display: 5 inches, 720p
Cameras: 5MP selfie camera and 8MP rear camera
Battery: 3,000mAh
Processor: Snapdragon 425 processor with 1GB of RAM
Memory: 8GB of internal storage, with microSD slot

Additionally, the phone is reported to have 2.4GHz Wi-Fi compatibility and Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity.

Xiaomi’s Redmi Go will be available in Europe sometime in February. However, the company has not yet announced whether or not it will be sold in the United States.

In Singapore, Xiaomi received certification from the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) for the phone last December.

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