Sony has launched two new smartphones in the Indian market, the Xperia R1 and the Xperia R1 Plus.
These are compact, budget Android phones that Sony claims are “designed for Indian lifestyle” and “designed to excite the new India”. India is a price conscious market, and the Japanese electronics giant slowly acknowledging the fact.
After releasing no significant budget smartphones for a few quarters, So Sony has now introduced Xperia R1 and R1 Plus in India. With the duo, Sony promises of bringing attractive design at an affordable price. The company claims that these phones will be manufactured in India.
The Xperia R1 has a 5.2-inch, TFT LCD with 720p resolution. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. In terms of imaging, the phone has a 13-megapixel camera on the back with Sony’s Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, which uses object tracking and motion prediction to focus on moving objects. On the front is an 8-megapixel camera that also has the same focusing system.
Other features include a 2,620mAh battery, dual SIM support, USB-C connectivity, FM radio. Sony Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus run on Android Nougat.
The R1 Plus is nearly identical to the R1 but has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage instead.
The Xperia R1 is priced at INR 13,990 ($215) and the R1 Plus at INR 15,990 ($245). Both phones will be available in Black and Silver.
The R1 Plus and the R1 are dual SIM (4G) smartphones. The phone will be available across all Sony Center and major mobile stores in India. You can also pick one from Amazon or Flipkart. The pre-orders are live and you can book the Xperia R1 for Rs 13,000 and R1 Plus for Rs 15,000.