Sony has launched two mid-range devices - Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus in India. The Xperia R1 is priced at Rs. 12,990 and the R1 Plus is priced at Rs. 14,990. Both the devices will be available for purchase from offline retail outlets as well as online stores like Flipkart and Amazon starting from November 10.
Both Xperia R1 and R1 Plus features a 5.2-inch LCD display covered by 2.5D Glass, and the only difference between them lies in the amount of RAM and internal storage. While the R1 comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage, the R1 Plus has 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Both of them have faster UFS Flash for internal memory and have support for microSD expansion up to 128GB.
Under the hood, Xperia R1/R1 Plus is powered by octa-core Snapdragon 430 SoC coupled Adreno 505 GPU. They run Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box with an update to Android Oreo promised in the near future. Both handsets are powered by a 2620mAh battery which charges via USB Type-C.
Xperia R1/R1 Plus comes equipped with a 13MP Exmor sensor on the rear along with an LED flash. The 8MP sensor on the front handles selfie duties. Both cameras have Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, 12 different shooting modes and face detection support.
Both devices feature Dual SIM capabilities along with 4G VoLTE, 3G, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, FM Radio and 3.5mm headphone jack. They measure 146 x 73.2 x 8.89 mm and weighs 154 grams.
The handsets will be available in two color variants - Silver and Black.
INR 10,000 - INR 20,000 is the hottest segment in Indian smartphone market. In this price range, there are devices which can blow Sony's new phones out of the water - both from a pure performance standpoint as well as on a value for money perspective. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Moto G5 Plus/ G5S Plus, Mi A1, Honor 6X, Honor 9i are just some of them. Note that Xperia R1 doesn't even have a fingerprint scanner.
In a nutshell, I'll recommend you to stay away from Xperia R1/R1 Plus, not because they are bad phones, they are not bad phones by any means - but you can get much more at that price point. That being said, if you are so accustomed to Sony or their User Interface (which is not far from Stock Android), you can take a look at the Xperia R1.
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