Sony isn’t neglecting the budget to mid-range smartphone segment, as you might thought. After months of silence, the Japanese mobile manufacturer is back with the launch of the Xperia R1 and R1 Plus. According to the company’s press release, the new smartphones are designed to target specifically the market of India but there is a solid chance that will be offered in the US via third-party sellers, which would be great, as both devices offer solid mid-range specs and attractive look.
Sony has just announced two new cheap Xperia smartphones equipped with a package of decent mid-range specs. Meet the new Xperia R1 and R1 Plus.
In 2016, Sony announced that they change their launching strategy by focusing exclusively on premium and pricey smartphones to ensure better profitability. However, recently Sony seem to retreat from the promise and released two new affordable handsets. Being India exclusive products, the Xperia R1 and R1 Plus will be also manufactured in the country they target. The new strategy shouldn’t come much as a surprise, as it’s not a secret that both Sony and LG struggle to prevail in the mid-range market segment dominated by Chinese smartphone makers. The latest market reports state that China-based Xiaomi experienced a 290 percent sales growth in the India market.
Xperia R1 and R1 Plus specs
Moving back to the phones themselves, the Sony Xperia R1 and R1 Plus sport pretty much identical specs. The only difference may be observed in memory configurations. Both models house the same 5.2-inch HD screen panels, and arrive dressed in a monolithic design common for all already existing Xperia devices. Computing parameters are represented by the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 processor coupled either with 2GB RAM in the case of the standard R1, or 3GB RAM in the case of the R1 Plus version. As for storage, the phones offer 16GB and 32GB of built-in storage, respectively. Both devices feature a SD card slot and accept cards up to 128GB, so you can be sure that you will always have plenty of room to keep your favorite apps and files.
Speaking of the optics, the Xperia R1 and R1 Plus pack a 13MP primary camera with autofocus and LED flash, whereas an 8MP front-facing snapper takes care of selfies. The handsets support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS and speedy LTE connectivity and run Android 7.0 Nougat with the Oreo upgrade on the way. So far, the Oreo update started to spread to the Xperia XZ Premium, while the Xperia XZ1 and XZ 1 Compact are the first Sony-made phones to work on the latest Android.
Availability and pricing
The Xperia R1 and R1 Plus are scheduled to debut on November 10th, will be manufactured in at Sri City facility in Andhra Pradesh and will be distributed across India by all Sony Center, major mobile stores and e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart for something round $260 and $300. Powered by a 2,600 mAh bettery, both models will be available in black and several other color versions.