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Sony Xperia R1 (Plus): $215 gets you this 5.2-inch smartphone with Snapdragon 430 and 13MP-8MP camera


Sony launched a new series recently, and Sony Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus are the first to hit the streets. Will it be too expensive?

The last Sony smartphone to have a similar price is the Xperia L1 which was released a few months back. Here’s the lowdown of the device:

  • 5.5-inch HD IPS capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~267 ppi pixel density
  • Scratch-resistant glass protection
  • Mediatek MT6737T chipset, Quad-core 1.45 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T720MP2 graphics and 2GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture and 24 mm
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Nougat 7.0 OS
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2620 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • April 2017 release date
  • $199 USD price tag

Sony Xperia L1 does a good job being an entry-level smartphone equipped with a 5.5-inch screen, decent protection, decent performance and a good camera that is more than capable for those seeking a basic smartphone for their daily needs. But the price seriously hampers it a little bit.

Will the same fate befall that of Xperia R1?

Let the specs speak for itself as per below:

  • 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~282 ppi density
  • 2.5D curved glass
  • Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 chipset, Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 505 graphics and 2GB/3GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with predictive phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with predictive phase detection autofocus
  • 16GB/32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Nougat 7.1
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2620 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 10th 2017 release date
  • 13,990 Indian Rupee or ~$215 USD for 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and 15,990 Indian Rupee or ~$245 USD for 3GB RAM + 32GB storage

We were surprised that the price was this high for the specs that the Xperia R1 brings to the table.

Starting with a small 5.2-inch IPS screen, it doesn’t help that it only has a High Definition resolution. There’s no protection and fingerprint sensor as well, which further degrades its value. The 2.5D curved glass does make for a firmer grip though.

In terms of performance, you can expect it to perform in the entry level range with the Snapdragon 430 chipset, a decent octa-core processor, average graphics and either 2GB or 3GB RAM. Good enough for your basic apps and a little bit of gaming, anything more and it will suffer.

Camera-wise, the Xperia R1 is actually good with the 13MP-8MP camera setup found on the smartphone. With predictive PDAF found on both cameras, your pictures will look sharp even while capturing fast-moving objects.

Moving on to the storage, 16GB is definitely not enough while 32GB barely makes it these days. Thankfully there’s the expansion slot that can easily add up to a maximum of 256GB of space.

Finally, the 2620 mAh might seem small – but for the specs that it dishes out; it is definitely more than enough to last you for a full day of charge.


Sony Xperia R1 is the smartphone with 2GB RAM + 16GB storage, while Xperia R1 Plus is the one with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage. Whichever version you look at, there’s really not much that you can speak highly of. There’s a whole bunch of other smartphones in this price range, that will put it to shame. Not recommended at all for this price.

Sony Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus is set to be released on November 10th for 13,990 Indian Rupees or ~$215 USD and 15,990 Indian Rupees or ~$245 USD respectively. It is said to be available in Black and Silver colours.

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