Redmi Go Gaming Performance Review

Redmi Go Gaming Performance Review

Posted 8 months ago in Gaming.

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Redmi Go, Xiaomi's most affordable smartphone till date, goes on sale for the first time in India on Friday. Redmi Go's specifications include a 5-inch touchscreen display with a 720x1280 resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC, and 1GB of RAM. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) and has a 3,000mAh battery. While Xiaomi is no stranger to the budget smartphone space, and while our Redmi Go review is coming soon, ahead of that we wondered how far Rs. 4,499 would go in terms of gaming performance.
For this story, we avoided the usual casual smartphone games like Candy Crush, Subway Surfer, and Clash of Clans. Reason being, they're designed to run on almost any smartphone. Instead we focused on popular graphics intensive games as they would probably be the most intensive workout of what the Redmi Go has to offer. Here's what we found out.
Yes, you read right. We were able to download PUBG from the Play Store and install it on our Redmi Go unit, but opening it showed off an error message saying it's not supported. A quick check of the PUBG Mobile specifications state that a minimum of 2GB RAM is needed, making the 1GB RAM on the Redmi Go a non-starter.
PUBG Mobile Lite may be a decent substitute if you can get it running as it works on devices with 1GB RAM. However it' s currently available in the Philippines alone and despite using a VPN, spoofing our location, and changing the DNS, we couldn't get it to work. Hopefully, PUBG Mobile Lite releases officially here though there's no India release date yet.That said, we were able to play Knives Out and Rules of Survival though the experience was anything but playable, with both games frequently lagging and crashing. They were far from smooth on the Redmi Go, which wasn't too big a surprise given the modest specifications.
It's not all bad news though. If you're looking to play a realistic looking battle royale game in the mould of PUBG on the Redmi Go, you may want to consider Free Fire. From running into cover to dropping onto its sprawling map or simply aiming in first-person, Free Fire on the Redmi Go was a fun experienceGranted we had to use the lowest graphical settings, which should come as no surprise given this phone's target market (first-time smartphone buyers) and price, but it's a game that ran fine on the Redmi Go with no crashes or lag all while looking serviceable on its 5-inch display.
Next up we tried to play Asphalt 9. The latest entry in Gameloft's long-running racing series isn't available for download for the Redmi Go via the Google Play Store. So we tried the next best thing — Asphalt 8. Using the highest graphics quality option resulted in a surprisingly playable experience while dropping to the medium preset made Asphalt 8 just a bit more fluid.
With that said, we noticed a distinct lack of effects like rain in its Tokyo level or snow in the Iceland track, no matter the choice of visuals. This issue notwithstanding, Asphalt 8 ran well on the Redmi Go and is a solid showcase of what a sub-Rs. 5,000 Android smartphone can do.
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