While R1 has 16GB internal storage along with 2GB RAM, R1 Plus packs 32GB of storage and 3GB RAM.
Sony launched two smartphones, the Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus, in India on October 27, 2017. The Japanese consumer electronics major has not unveiled these mid-segment Android smartphones, which will be ‘Made in India,’ in any other country as yet. Kenichiro Hibi, the Managing Director of Sony India, said in a statement, “Customer interest is exceedingly high in the smartphone category in India, particularly the mid-segment and we would like to leverage this demand with the launch of our mid-segment smartphones, Xperia R1 Plus and R1, exclusively for India.” He went on to add, “Sony India has always been committed to the Indian market and supports the country’s direction such as ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’ initiatives. Sony India would like to contribute to India business development in multiple aspects.”
The Xperia R1 Plus and Xperia R1 can be purchased from Sony Centres and major mobile stores across India from November 10, 2017. These handsets will also be available on major e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Flipkart in India. Pre-registration on Amazon has commenced from October 27, 2017. And, pre-registered customers can avail of a special offer.
Both the smartphones will be available in two colours, black and silver. The Xperia R1 Plus costs Rs. 14,990, whereas Xperia R1 is priced at Rs. 12,990. Going by Sony’s listing of the smartphones with their MRP, the Xperia R1 Plus and Xperia R1 will cost Rs. 15,990 and Rs. 13,990 respectively.
Both the Xperia R1 and R1 Plus have similar specs and are different only in terms of RAM and storage. While R1 has 16GB internal storage along with 2GB RAM, R1 Plus packs 32GB of storage and 3GB RAM. The 32GB storage can be expanded up to 128GB with the help of a microSD card slot. The handsets sport a 5.2-inch HD Display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Moreover, they incorporate the company’s loop surface design, which offers protection by way of a 2.5D curved glass. Both the smartphones are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430.
The Xperia R1 and R1 Plus handsets come with dual-sim functionality and are supported by a 2620mAh battery. These smartphones weigh 154Kg and measure 146 x 73.2 x 8.89mm. Currently, both the phones run on Android N out-of-the-box. However, it will be possible to upgrade both handsets to Android Oreo 8.0 according to Sony.
As for cameras, the dual-SIM devices come with an 8-megapixel front camera with a wide angle of 76-degrees. The 13-megapixel rear camera offers autofocus, LED flash and an Exmor Sony sensor. Connectivity options in both the smartphones include GPRS/ EDGE, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C, 3G, 4G Broadcast Ready with support for LTE Cat, GPS, Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology, and FM radio. Both the Xperia R1 Plus and R1 support Uplink Data Compression or UDC and the latest network capabilities like the VoLTE. The UDC enables up to 50% faster uploading of web pages due to better data transmission with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430.