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

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

Sony says the phones will be manufactured in India. The Sony Xperia R1 is priced at Rs. 12,990, whereas the R1 Plus retails for Rs. 14,990.

Sony Xperia R1 and R1 Plus have been launched globally in India first and these smartphones will be available across all Sony Center and major mobile stores across India starting November 10. Pre-registration on Amazon starts October 27.

There is nothing much to talk about the Xperia R1 Plus as it's just an upgrade model of Xperia R1 with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB inbuilt storage.

Apart from all these, Sony is touting that the new Xperia R1 Plus and R1 also come loaded with Uplink Data Compression (UDC) that supports fast upload and browsing. Rest of the specs remain the same. The phone comes with a 5.20-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels. Unfortunately, unlike some of Sony's more expensive devices, there aren't any front-facing speakers to be seen here.

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The Xperia R1 line-up is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon1 430 chipset. Dubbed as Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus, these devices will carry forward the Japanese smartphone brand segment in the global market.

Coming to the optics, the Xperia R1 camera is with 13 mega pixel image sensor on the back, made by Sony itself. The pre-orders are live and you can book the Xperia R1 for Rs 13,000 and R1 Plus for Rs 15,000. Talking about its front camera, the Xperia R1 includes an 8-megapixel camera with 76-degree wide-angle lens for capturing selfies and making video calls.

For connectivity, these phones offer options of 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C. This is a dual SIM smartphone, and there's a dedicated slot for microSD card. Dimensionally, it measures 146 x 73.2 x 8.89 mm and weighs 154 grams.