Is the Doogee Y8 the best Redmi Go alternative? Xiaomi Redmi Go vs Doogee Y8 comparison

Intro

Xiaomi made headlines in the past few days with the Redmi Go, a cheap smartphone that comes with Android Go. And by “cheap”, I mean really cheap, with the device being available for purchase for $80-$90. It may be hard to find a smartphone at this price range that can actually be used, but Xiaomi thinks they managed to do this. I, on the other hand, think that is not the case. In this article I will present my opinion related to the Xiaomi Redmi Go and why I don’t think it is not the “best-buy” device everyone is expecting. And to prove this, I will make a comparison between the Xiaomi Redmi Go and the Doogee Y8, another ultra-cheap smartphone that can be found for the same price as the Redmi Go.

Xiaomi Redmi Go vs Doogee Y8 Specification comparison

First, let’s start with the specs for the Xiami Redmi Go. The smartphone has a quad-core Snapdragon 425 CPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128GB. The 5″ screen has an HD resolution (1280*720), with a 296DPI. On the back there is an 8MP camera and on the front a 5MP sensor. There is no fingerprint reader, the 3000mAh battery does not support quick-charge and the device uses the old micro-USB connector. It comes with Android Go, the slimmed-down version of Android that is meant to run on low-end devices.

Moving to the Doogee Y8, we get a Mediatek MT6739 CPU that also has a quad-core configuration, but it is paired with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Even if you don’t like Mediatek, there is a big bump in RAM and storage. This smartphone has a more modern design, with a 6.1″ HD screen that has a waterdrop notch for the selfie camera. Yes, it may not have the slim bezels as high-end devices, but at least it does not look like something released 4 years ago. On the back you get a dual-camera setup that has an 8MP sensor and a 5MP sensor. The front camera is similar to the one of the Redmi Go, having a 5MP sensor. Doggee managed to include a fingerprint reader on the back and a slightly bigger battery, at 3400mAh. Sadly, you still get the old micro-USB connector. The Doogee Y8 also runs stock Android 9, not the GO version.

Below you have a table comparison of the specs of both devices.

 Xiaomi Redmi GODoogee Y8
CPUSnapdragon 425, quad-core, 1.4GHzMediatek MT6739, quad-core, 15.GHz
RAM1GB3GB
Storage8GB (microSD up to 128GB)16GB (microSD up to 128GB)
Screen Size5"6.1"
Screen resolution1280x7201280x600
Back camera8MP8MP + 5MP (dual-camera setup)
Front camera5MP5MP
Battery3000mAh3400mAh
Fingerprint readerNoYes
OSAndroid GOAndroid 9.0 (stock)
Other dual-4G connectivitywaterdrop notch, dual-4G connectivity
Price$80 - $90$70-$80

Xiaomi Redmi Go vs Doogee Y8 Design comparison

Like I said, the Xiaomi Redmi Go has an outdated design. I know that it is a cheap smartphone, but that does not mean it has to be ugly. It has a more traditional smartphone design, with big bezels on top and on the bottom of the screen. It also has a simple, single color back that only has a single camera. It also uses capacitive buttons instead of on-screen ones. I won’t consider this a major issue (it falls down to preferences), but I would say that on-screen ones are more customizable.

The Doogee Y8 has a more modern feel. It has a screen that covers most of the body, a waterdrop notch for the camera and there is also a “phantom purple” version that has a nice gradient on the back. There is still a big chin on the bottom of the screen, but we can’t expect truly edge-to-edge display at $80. This device also uses on-screen keys for navigation.

Xiaomi Redmi Go vs Doogee Y8 Features comparison

The features that each phone has falls down mostly to the operating system. Both run Android 9, however, the Xiaomi Redmi Go has the stripped-down Android GO version of the OS. This greatly reduces the available applications that it can run (without any tinkering). You get MAPS Go, GMAIL GO and other GO Variant applications that are essentially just web-shortcuts. Also, because of the low-end hardware, some more complex apps won’t work even if you sideload them.

The Doogee Y8 has the full version of Android 9. It can run all apps in the Google Play store, you get all the features Android has to offer and have no restrictions, as long as the hardware keeps up. You can argue that maybe the Xiaomi has faster RAM or storage, but when you are limited by the OS itself, there is not much you can do. The only disadvantage that I currently see for the Y8’s software is the fact that there are little to no chances of this device receiving any major updates. Maybe some bug fixes, if we are lucky.

Conclusions

In conclusion, I believe that there is a market for the Xiaomi Redmi GO, but considering the price that it is currently being sold for, there are better alternatives. Yes, you still have to make some compromises, but at this price range, you can’t really complain. The Doogee Y8 is a better Xiaomi Redmi Go alternative that costs just as much, maybe even less, depending on the store.

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