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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.

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.

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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