We’re already aware of the fact that the budget smartphone market is getting more and more aggressive with brands launching devices with competitive pricing every now and then. Not just the budget segment, even the entry-level segment is witnessing heat with the launch of Xiaomi Redmi Go smartphone.
As the name suggests, Redmi Go is the company’s first-ever Android Go smartphone. The device directly competes with the Asus Zenfone Lite L1 which also tends to offer decent specs at an affordable price tag. In this article, we’re going to compare these two worthy entry-level smartphone option.
Xiaomi Redmi Go:
- 5.0-inch IPS LCD HD display, 720 x 1280 pixels, 296 ppi density
- Snapdragon 425 chipset with Adreno 308 GPU
- 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory
- 8MP rear camera with f/2.0 | 5MP front camera with f/2.2
- 3,000 mAh battery
- Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition
Asus Zenfone Lite L1:
- 5.45-inch IPS LCD HD+ display, 720 x 1440 pixels, 295 ppi density
- Snapdragon 430 chipset with Adreno 505 GPU
- 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage
- 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 | 5MP front camera with f/2.4
- 3,000 mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo
Price in India
Before jumping straight in the review, let’s have a look at the prices of both the smartphones in the Indian market. Xiaomi Redmi GO price starts from INR 4,499 with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. Asus Zenfone Lite L1, on the other hand, is priced at INR 5,999 but you can currently get it for INR 4,999 from the Flipkart.
The effecting difference between both smartphones comes to just INR 500. Now, the Redmi Go is available in two different colors namely Black and Blue while the Zenfone Lite L1 is up for grabs in Black and Gold color options.
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Xiaomi Redmi Go comes with a 5.0-inch HD IPS LCD display having a pixel density of 296ppi and a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. Since this is an entry-level smartphone, it comes with a tradition bezel design with a screen-to-body-ratio of 69.1 per cent. Asus Zenfone Lite L1, on the other hand, features a big 5.45-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720×1440 pixels and a pixel density of 295ppi.
Like Redmi Go, the Zenfone Lite L1 also boasts a tradition bezel design but fortunately, the bezels are a little bit slimmer than the Redmi’s offering. The Zenfone Lite L1 flaunts a screen-to-body-ratio of 72.5 per cent.
The Asus Zenfone Lite L1 clearly gets an edge in terms of display department. It has a bigger and much better display with high resolution and slimmer bezels than the Redmi Go.
Since we’re talking about entry-level smartphones here, both the smartphones are made up completely of plastic. To be precise, the Redmi Go and the Zenfone Lite L1 both shares the same design ideology with not big of a change.
Both the devices feel very solid and sturdy in the hand. On top of that, both of them feel very comfortable thanks to the curvy edges and lightweight. In conclusion, you’ll get the same build experience from both of the entry-level smartphones.
Performance and Software
The Redmi Go is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage. For GPU, the smartphone packs Adreno 308. The internal storage, by the way, is expandable to up to 128GB via Micro SD card. The Zenfone Lite L1, on the other hand, runs on much better Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset paired with 2GB of RAM and 16Gb of onboard memory. Even though both the processors are manufactured over the 28nm process, the Snapdragon 430 powered Zenfone Lite L1 manages to deliver much better performance than the Redmi Go. Also, the Lite L1 has more RAM and internal storage which also results in smooth overall performance.
Coming to the software department, Redmi Go runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). If you’re not aware, the Android Go edition is a lightweight operating system with a lighter version of Google apps like Gmail Go, Maps Go and much more. This results in much better software experience which you might not be able to find in the Zenfone Lite L1. The Asus Zenfone Lite L1 uses Android Oreo-based ASUS ZenUI 5 as a software. In terms of software, my point is definitely going to the Redmi Go.
Xiaomi Redmi Go comes with a single camera setup having an 8MP primary sensor with an aperture of f/2.0, Autofocus and LED flash. You can record 1080p videos at 30 frame rate per second. The front, on the other hand, has a 5MP selfie snapper with an aperture of f/2.2. The Zenfone Lite L1 takes the thing to a little bit top notch with its 13MP primary sensor having an f/2.0 aperture. The main camera of Zenfone Lite L1 also supports PDAF which is a nice addition. There is a single 5MP selfie snapper with an aperture of f/2.4. Unlike Redmi Go, the Zenfone Lite L1 features an LED flash on the front.
In terms of specifications, the camera of Zenfone Lite L1 clearly takes a lead here with its much better primary sensor and the addition of LED flash along with the front sensor.
There is nothing much to talk about in terms of the battery life of both smartphones. Asus Zenfone Lite L1, as well as the Redmi Go both, are fueled by a rather small 3,000 mAh battery capacity. This is the entry-level budget we’re talking about here so expecting a fast charging isn’t right.
Now talking about the foremost question – which one is the better entry-level segment option? Although the Redmi Go seems like a very decent value for money choice, the Zenfone Lite L1 comes with far better specs in terms of processor, camera and even memory.
Since the Zenfone Lite L1 is now coming with a reduced price tag of INR 4,999, it definitely becomes the more value for money option out there in this price segment. Although the device does start to give you a little lag every now and then which can be improved with future OTA updates. If you can ignore a little amount of lag, then you’re good to go with the much better Zenfone Lite L1.