Sony intros new Xperia R1 and R1 Plus models for India

by XB on 28th October 2017

in Featured Content, Xperia R1

Sony Mobile India has announced two new entry level smartphones exclusively for the Indian market, the Xperia R1 (G2199) and Xperia R1 Plus (G2299). The handsets share a number of similar specs, including a 5.2-inch HD 720p display and are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset with 2,620 mAh battery.

Through the Snapdragon 430 chipset, the phones feature Uplink Data Compression (UDC), which Sony says improve data transmission, allowing you to download web pages up to 50% faster. It works by compressing all uplink traffic so that the same information can be uploaded with fewer bits from the phone to the tower.

Both phones use Sony’s loop surface design with 2.5d curved glass, as seen in all other recent Xperia models. Camera specs include a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera. Both handsets are dual SIM, and will launch with Android Nougat, but Sony is promising an update to Android Oreo too. Other shared features include GPS, Bluetooth 4.2, Cat 4 LTE 4G support, microSD memory card support, FM radio and USB Type-C.

The only differences between each model is that the Sony Xperia R1 has 16GB UFS internal storage and 2GB RAM, while the Xperia R1 Plus has 32GB UFS internal storage and 3GB RAM.

Both models have dimensions of 146 x 73.2 x 8.89 mm, and weighs 154 grams. Each handset will be available in two colours (black and silver). The Xperia R1 will cost Rs. 13,990, while the Xperia R1 Plus will cost Rs. 15,990. They will be released on 10 November through Sony Center stores across India, and Flipkart.

Xperia R1 and R1 Plus White Paper

Thanks Diogo, dunno some guy, Geesha, KF, Maerzad, Moises, Mukul, Nikhil and Varun!

  • Hideg Jenő Péter

    I want this for my mother!
    But only india exclusive?

  • (C):stem

    I thought Sony was going to ditch the low range line.

  • Subham Dey

    Right now only india exclusive

  • Subham Dey

    Good ph given the Price..
    But no fingerprint scanner is a real shame..
    slightly overpriced also..
    They need reduce price a little bit and need to market properly.
    Then it will be massive seller!

  • Keshav Burtony

    Back looks a lot like the original Xperia z..

  • Subham Dey

    Can u tell me the model numbers?

  • So0o

    I dont understand why Sony make the same design for flaships… And for midle-low phone they make very Nice and very cool design… Small bezel… Edge to edge…etc

  • Moisés

    It would be great for my mother too.
    R1 is better than E5 and XA 2016.
    X is good, but the hybrid slot is a weak point.

    Hope to see it on ebay in the future.

  • mUSICA

    same hea was plang to get the xperia xa1 but this fone looks good for the price

  • Moisés

    Moto G5, Moto X4 and Moto Z2 Force look almost the same.
    Many Samsung phones look alike, probably A 2018 will have the same design of S.
    Many chinese phones are clones of Iphone or Galaxy..

    Usually only LG have different designs..

    E4, C4 and Z4/Z3+ were very different. Besides the Z phones, only M phones looked nice.
    E, T and C were very ugly.

    I think XA1+ ( blue) and XA1 Ultra ( black) are very good looking.

  • Phil Gym

    the same boring old dated ugly boxy uninspiring design over and over again…

  • Phil Gym

    Samsung made drastical design change from S5 to S6, and from S7 to S8. Sony makes the most boring looking phones right now

  • So0o

    Yes exacly… Xa1+ And ultra is midle phone… Why they dont make the same design For zx premium…. Like the xa1 ultra?? Or a new flagship?

  • dragonsneeze

    What’s up with the THICK bodies and small batteries?

  • Moisés

    To keep low cost.
    It is the same battery of L1

  • Moisés

    Loop is from 2016.

  • dragonsneeze

    You call it drastic, I call it desperate. From regular S5 to S7 only thing changed was the material. The edge thing is another story.

  • Moisés

    S5 to S6 is just plastic x glass.
    S6 and S7 look almost the same.

  • Moisés

    XA1+ has more side bezels than XA1 to use power as FPS.
    It would like too a mix of XA1 and XZP.

    Next flagship is rumored to have 80% of screen, but gladly having 16:9 and front speakers.

  • dragonsneeze

    So ypu’re saying there’s room but they don’t ocuupy it.

  • Moisés

    It has same height of Z3+ and Z3.

    Z3 = 7.3mm / 3100 mAh
    Z3+ = 6.9 mm / 2930 mAh

    That is why midranges are found with bigger batteries than flagships.

    Samsung A7 2017, Sony XA1+, Moto Z Play, Asus Zen3Zoom, LG X Power.
    These phones compared to flagships have cheaper screen, cpu, gpu, construction, software, cameras..

    There is more $ to pack bigger battery and keep good profits.

  • Vinny Conforto

    Every Xperia phone looks the same uninspiring

  • Xperian

    And Sony marketing these models on Amazon, Flipkart else where for pre-orders and everything. Y not the flagship models? Why Sony why? Bravo marketing team(facepalm)

  • Francis Troy Fabrigas

    Can’t deny. These Xperia OmniBalance design still looks classy and unique, like no other manufacturer has this kind of look.

    Sure, boring. But I prefer an ugly design that works over a beautiful design that breaks.

  • iia3ezu

    It is highly annoying to see manufacturers think that only poor/cheap people who buy cheap phones deserve FM radio, while expensive flagship phones do not get FM radio.

    It’s not just Sony, the entire smartphone industry does this. Good luck to you if you want FM radio combined with an excellent camera, or the latest Snapdragon 8XX chip.

    This is not a technical issue. This is a discriminatory practice. It must stop.

  • SM

    it’s good that sony has come back to low end section here in India with a budgeted series of smartphone with reasonable price but in order to compete properly here in India with the other chinese brands they’ve to
    1. Offer more price per performance (PPP) module smartphone
    2. price should be not only reasonable, bt rather would have been competitive, as people here mostly concern about pricetag rather than brandnam & specification.

    Being a loyal SONY user for last 12 yrs+, I really hope to see my favourite brand to regain its position here in my country in smartphone segment

  • Kwstakhs

    Moises you can’t compare Xperia X to this one(R1)

  • azzido

    FM Radio!

  • azzido

    Not sure of using oled screens in future xperias. Imagine these have many issues like LG panels: bad pixels, overburning or evenly backlight. Lifetime is also shorter than lcd. Shamesung has glorious PINKY amoled that is not able to display white color correctly :D

    Do you really think Sony is able to get rid of all these issues with jdi?

    For the moment I prefer they excel lcd (increase contrast, brightness, focus on dark and low power consumption) or use any other (laser?) panels to have benefit over competition rather than just copy their solutions with all the known issues.

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    i think they should lower the price a bit because its kinda pale comparison against xiaomi or samsung J. in low budget segment, buyer tend to pay best bang for the bucks

    xperia R should be 175usd

    xperia R1 plus should be 199usd

    this can help boost sony mobile sale

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    they said that early last year but they change strategies again…..remember when they said only focus on mid range with X family and people become angry. so sony release X1 premium as flagship.

    i thought L1 is decent enough…..

  • Doom Lord

    No FP scanner. Battery is just 2600mAh. SD 430 processor. I can live without scanner but certainly need a bigger battery. Minimum 3000mAh. And India specific. No one is going to buy. People expect everything under the sun for 10k. Sony will have a real hard time selling this phone.

  • Actman

    For RS 15,990 you get an old lock screen and an old clock widget? Good luck SONY.

  • Geralt

    LED till now surely have issues with colors fading out and all. As Sony was the first to use it (in Sony’s mp3 players ~2007) and quit using it (Sony PS Vita) because of the limitations, but the tech is now very much improved and m sure Sony JDI has ironed out the little remaining issues. And we’ll see a new batch of it fitted in Xperias in 2018 :)

  • Objectif

    Sony has annonced they made new design for it’s phone on 2018. Not before.

    So I hope they continue with radio fm. It missed on newest Sony smartphone.

  • comme des garcons

    Xperia phones will never get attention unless Sony comes up with a new design. They look just boring now

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  • comme des garcons

    Sony seems to have lost its way

  • Toh Ler Kang

    i’m drunk when Sony said it is using TFT display instead of IPS and I guess this phone is entirely made up of plastics. At this price i don’t think it will attract the public

    Opss it’s polycarbonate

  • skrug

    IPS is a type of TFT

  • hansip

    Wow an ufs equipped low end device? Color me surprised

  • theskig

    I think it’s better to buy an old Z3 than this… You can still find some of them online.

  • Pixelado

    I dont know about you, but for that money, you can get an “old but gold” flagship such as the Z2/Z3. They might not pack the latest tricks such as upstream compression, but hey, they’re time-tested performers.

  • dbjungle

    IDK what Sony is thinking. This price is DOA. Sony could easily fix this by just making 3 or 4 models a year and selling their phones at more realistic prices. The biggest reason Sony’s phone’s don’t sell is because no one knows about them, and when you find out about it your first reaction is “it costs how much?!”.

  • deekbee

    I’ve got a range of phones with OLED screens that haven’t had any of these issues – my old L930 is 3 years old, no problems. My older Nokia 808 has absolutely no problems.

    My Nokia N8 was in active use for 4 years, powered it up a few weeks back. Screen was absolutely fine.

    So these are all older OLED screens that are all running without any problems.

    The only OLED screen that I have on a device that has a problem is from Sony Ericsson – the MBW-150 watch, the screen on that faded in just over a year – that was one of the earlier production OLEDs.

  • azzido

    Are you kidding me? Go read about pink issue of galaxy S8s, aboul Oled issues of ALL current LG panels (including V30) . Recently issue of oled Google Pixel device (burned screen) was discovered. Do you call it old devices???

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