Sony announces the mid-range Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus



Sony took the wraps off a couple new devices today in its Xperia R family of smartphones. The Xperia R lineup is focused on producing value-based phones in emerging markets. The brand new Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus will be sold in India and deliver mid-range specs and a familiar Sony design while keeping the price low.

The cheaper of the two devices, The Xperia R1, features a 5.2-inch 720p display. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card. Rounding out the specs are a 2,620 mAh battery, 13 MP main camera, 8 MP front-facing camera, USB type-C port, and dual-SIM support.

The Xperia R1 Plus is almost identical to the Xperia R1 down to the 146 x 73.2 x 8.8mm measurement and 154-gram weight. The only real difference between the two devices is that the Plus will feature 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. Both devices will ship with Android Nougat out of the box, with a planned upgrade to Android Oreo.

The Xperia R1 will be priced at INR 13,990 and the Xperia R1 Plus at INR 15,990. Those translate to $215 and $245 respectively. You’ll be able to grab in them in India from both Amazon and Flipkart on November 10 in either Black or Silver.

What do you think about the new devices? Are you okay with a dialed back look and materials to keep the price down? Let us know in the comments.

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