Japanese smartphone maker Sony is the latest entrant in the mid-range phone market. Recently, it has announced the launch of its two new mid-range smartphones, namely Xperia R1 Plus and R1, priced at ₹14,990 and ₹12,990 respectively, exclusively for the Indian Market.

Sony is promoting the handsets to support fast upload and browsing via uplink data compression (UDC). Sony also confirms the handsets already updated with Oreo 8.0 version. The smartphones have been exclusively launched in India first and haven’t been unveiled anywhere else yet.

Price and Specifications:

The availability of both the Sony Xperia and Xperia R1 have been confirmed across all Sony centers and major mobile stores all over India and will be commencing from November 10. Also, it will be made available on both Amazon, where pre-registration will start from October 27 and Flipkart. Listed with MRP, the handsets have been priced at ₹15,990 and ₹13,000 respectively.

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Talking of features, both of these smartphones include a premium 13.2 cm (5.2) HD display with simple extruded form. The Sony Xperia R1 Plus packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage while the Xperia R1 packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Both, powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoCrun right now runs on Android Nougat but Android Oreo update is being promised for the handsets. Both the dual-SIM devices sport 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, Exmor Sony sensor, and LED flash. Also, there’s an 8-megapixel front camera on each and is equipped with FM radio. Customers will be spoilt for choices, in choosing between the black and silver colors, launched exclusively for India.

Kenichiro Hibi, Managing Director, Sony India, in this whole aspect, regarded in a statement that, “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 Plusand R1, exclusively for India. Sony India has always been committed to India market and support 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”.