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

Isaac Cain
October 28, 2017

Both the smartphones feature similar hardware and only differs in the RAM and internal storage department.

In terms of photography, the Sony Xperia R1 sports a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera unit with hybrid autofocus, Exmor RS image sensor, 8x digital zoom and an LED Flash module. The phone will be available across all Sony Center and major mobile stores in India.

Last month, one of Sony's older flagship smartphones, namely the Xperia XZ was on sale at Amazon for $400. Both devices will ship with Android Nougat out of the box, with a planned upgrade to Android Oreo. These phones support two Nano SIM cards and have a dedicated MicroSD card slot available, which can be used simultaneously with both the SIMs.

The Sony Xperia R1 and R1 Plus smartphones from Sony are not going to sell like hotcakes. On the front lies an 8MP camera. The phones will be powered by a 2620 mAh non-removable battery. Both the smartphone feature Sony's loop surface design with a 2.5D curved glass. Other connectivity features include 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. These come powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Octa-Core SoC coupled with 2GB or 3GB of RAM, depending upon which model you buy. Sensors on the smartphone include a Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Ambient Light Sensor.

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It's backed by a 2600 mAh battery and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Sony Xperia R1 Plus packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The R1 Plus and R1 are dual SIM (4G) smartphones.

The devices measure 146 × 73.2 × 8.89 mm and weighs 154 grams. The UDC is said help users download web pages up to 50 per cent faster, thanks to an improved data transmission.

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