Sony’s mid-range Xperia R1, Xperia R1 Plus get launched in India

Sony Xperia R1

Sony has launched 2 new phones for the Indian market called the Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus. The pair is aimed at the mid-range market sector and set to be manufactured in the country as part of the brand’s Make In India push.

The Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus are mostly identical in every which way except for storage. The former packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM, while the latter gets an upgrade to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM. The price tags reflect this difference, with the first getting a best buy rate of Rs 12990 and the second going for Rs 14990.

Sony’s touting the duo’s support for Uplink Data Compression (UDC) which it claims helps download web pages up to 50% faster. It’s also guaranteeing an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo, a big advantage given the prevalent trend of not providing OS updates to budget phones.

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The Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus also have the benefit of a unique loop surface design to help set it apart from others. Both smartphone boast of a 13MP Exmor sensor that comes with an ISO of up to 3200, predictive hybrid autofocus, and 12 capturing modes that users can utilize at different moments of time before or after snapping a picture.

Specifications of the Sony Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus:

– OS: Android 7.0 Nougat (upgradable to Oreo)
– Display: 5.2-inch TFT, 720 x 1280 pixels
– CPU: Snapdragon 430
– Memory: 16GB/32GB, expandable till 128GB
– RAM: 2GB/3GB
– Camera: 13MP rear, 8MP front
– Battery: 2620mAh
– Weight: 154g
– Size: 146 x 73.2 x 8.89mm
– Connectivity: dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GLONASS, GPS, USB Type-C

The Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus are set to hit Sony outlets, physical retailers, Flipkart, and Amazon India on November 10. It’s supposed to go up for pre- registrations on Amazon bundled with a special launch offer soon.