Samsung is leaving no stone unturned to take on Xiaomi in India. The South Korean smartphone manufacturer aims to compete with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series with its Galaxy M and A series and I must say that with the phones like M30, the company has done a good job. Next, Samsung it seems is aiming to compete with Xiaomi’s Android Go phone: The Redmi Go. On Monday, Samsung India launched the Galaxy A2 Core — a successor to its first-gen Android Go phone aka the Galaxy J2 Core.
The Samsung Galaxy A2 Core has launched in India at a price that is slightly higher than that of the Redmi Go, at Rs 5,290. In comparison, Xiaomi’s Redmi Go phone sells for a much cheaper price of Rs 4,499. As I mentioned in the review of the Redmi Go, this is a “perfect phone for first-time smartphone buyers”. So the question now — is the new Samsung Galaxy A2 Core as good as the Redmi Go? Let’s take a look at the new budget phone from Samsung and how it compares with the Xiaomi phone.
— Let’s talk about the design first. I am yet to try out the Samsung Galaxy A2 Core, but from whatever Samsung has shown so far, the phone looks pretty good for its price. Similar is the case with the Redmi Go. Both the Samsung and Xiaomi Android Go phone comes with plastic build and include pretty thick bezels on the front. This means, don’t expect a great multimedia experience from their screens – especially while watching videos. I used the Redmi Go for quite some time during the review process and love how compact a phone it is. I believe I can say the same about the A2 Core.
This is what I said in the review of Xiaomi’s first ever Android Go phone
“For the price, I loved absolutely everything (almost) about the Redmi Go. Of all the goodness that the Go comes with, most impressive is its design. It is built well and it looks cute I absolutely loved the size of the Redmi Go and how perfectly it fits in my hand and jeans pocket.”
— Interestingly both the Xiaomi and Samsung phone comes with the same screen size but offer different resolution. The Redmi Go comes with a 5-inch HD display with a screen resolution of 720p. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy A2 Core comes with a 5-inch qHD display with 960×540 pixels resolution. We are yet to experience the Samsung phone but for the Redmi Go I believe the display of the Xiaomi phone is quite bright in both indoors and outdoors, and given that it packs more pixels, it likely has a sharper screen as well.
This is what I mentioned in the Redmi Go review
“As far as the display of the Redmi Go is concerned, it is fairly bright in both outdoor and indoor. Under the scorching sun, keeping the brightness level of the Redmi Go to around 60 per cent works perfectly fine. While in indoors a 40 per cent brightness is good enough for me.”
— What about the core hardware? The Redmi Go phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD card up to 128GB. In comparison, Samsung chooses Exynos 7870 for the Galaxy A2 Core. The Samsung phone also comes with 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The phone also comes with microSD card support which enables storage to be expanded up to 256GB.
Talking about the overall performance of the Redmi Go this is what I said in the full review
“On paper, the Redmi Go doesn’t look very powerful, but in real life, the phone handles the daily usage pretty well. I’m also impressed with overall battery backup the Redmi Go offers. The phone can easily last for one full day — even more sometimes — on a single charge, unless you’re playing games for hours.”
I am yet to try the Samsung Galaxy A2 Core, so I will be able to comment on how well the phone manages day-to-day tasks in the full review of the phone in the days to come.
— Not that one will want a Pixel or iPhone level photography from these budget segment phones. So, don’t expect the Redmi Go or Galaxy A2 Core to click detailed pictures. I used the Redmi Go and all I can say about the camera of the phone is that it gets the work done. The Xiaomi phone includes an 8-megapixel sensor on the back and 5-megapixel selfie shooter on the front. In comparison, the Samsung phone sports a 5-megapixel camera on the back as well as on the front.
— Besides the camera, core hardware, screen resolution, battery is another area where the Xiaomi and Samsung phones differ. The Redmi Go comes with a 3000mAh battery, while the Samsung Galaxy A2 Core comes with a smaller 2,600mAh battery.
Samsung or Xiaomi – which Android Go phone should you go for?
Both the brands have very strong consumer base in India, so it is very difficult to come to a conclusion stating which of the two phones is better than the other. But from specs, the Xiaomi Redmi Go surely looks better.
Both the Samsung and Xiaomi phones come with a 5-inch display with thick bezels all around. Both of them look like any other basic smartphone with no complex features onboard. In terms of camera and battery the Redmi phone looks better, at least on paper.
It also looks better when you consider the price. So if that is another factor for you, if you want absolutely the cheapest first smartphone the Redmi Go with its price of 4,499 will save you around Rs 700 compared to the Galaxy A2 Core that has been priced at Rs 5,290.