Xiaomi to release sub-$100 smartphone

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Xiaomi is set to release a sub-$100 Redmi Go, the Chinese company’s first Android Go device.

The screen is a 720p, five-inch affair and the camera comes in at an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie camera.

Hefty battery life should be possible with a 3000mAh battery packed in. WinFuture rumours suggest a Snapdragon 425 processor with 1GB of RAM.

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Back in 2014, Google launched the Android One programme as a way to build cheap, low-end Android phones for emerging markets.

Nowadays that mantle has been taken over by Android Go – a new version of the operating system optimised for lower-performance hardware.

Android One is now “pure Android” with minimal bloatware, and timely security updates.

As an Android Go branded handset, the Redmi Go runs a barebones version of Android called Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition tailored for people with limited internet connectivity.

The programme equips phones with pre-installed versions of Google apps like Gmail Go and YouTube Go which are built to help the user save space and data.

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Xiaomi released its first smartphone in 2011 and became the country’s largest smartphone company in 2014. By 2018, Xiaomi was the world’s fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer and has fallen behind Huawei in its home market of China.

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