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Mid-range Sony Xperia R1 and R1 Plus now available in India

The market for budget Android phones has been really strong for a while now, and Sony's latest handsets are targeted at Indian customers looking to upgrade their current device without handing over a ton of money. The two new phones are the Xperia R1 and R1 Plus, and they're both packing a solid punch for their asking price.

There are more similarities than differences between the R1 and R1 Plus, so let's first talk about what sets the two phones apart. The R1 comes equipped with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, but the R1 Plus kicks things up a notch with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage that's also expandable.

Both phones come equipped with the same 5.2-inch TFT LCD display, each with a resolution of 1280 x 720, and because this is a Sony Xperia phone, you'll find sizeable bezels on all sides. Unfortunately, unlike some of Sony's more expensive devices, there aren't any front-facing speakers to be seen here.

You'll find a 13MP camera on the back and an 8MP shooter up front for taking all of your selfies, while under the hood of the two phones lies the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor, 2,620 mAh battery, and Android 7.1 Nougat. Also included is dual-SIM support, FM radio, USB Type-C, and Bluetooth 4.2.

The Xperia R1 and R1 Plus are available in India starting today, featuring price tags of INR 13,990 and INR 15,990 respectively (around $215 and $245 USD)

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Those bezels, we are in 2017 and they keep using this horrible design from 5 years ago. I like sony, i really wish they could make a phone with less bezels, I would be the first to buy one. Feel bad for them.
  • I don't mind the bezels. Been a long time fan of Sony's omni balance design.
    What I do mind is those two phones (particularly the R1) being classified as mid-range. SD430 and 2GB RAM are ENTRY LEVEL specs.
  • I used to make fun of Apple for not changing the design but damn Sony literally uses the same body every time.
  • If you want a phone from the dinosaur age buy a Sony. A little prehistoric with that square look!
  • i wish they would stop limiting these budget handsets to 'developing markets'. i know they would risk stealing sales from more expensive products in some markets, but things like the Xperia XA1 Plus would be ideal for a lot of people, but are only available as a gray import in UK.
  • I dont understand the pricing of SONY. Phones with 626 SoC, FULL HD display, Bigger battery, Dual Cameras are available for the same price.... How does sony even imagine it would make profile by selling a less powerful device. This is a SHAME sony. Your products were good, but you cannot do the same which you did 10 years back.