Sony had once exited the mid-range smarphone business after getting fed up of stiff competition especially from Chinese makers. However, with Indian cell phone market exploding like anything, every segment is worth attention. Sony is taking a shot at it again with the Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus.
In Sony’s case, it’s better than never as the Japanese phone maker is re-entering the mid-range with the intentions to have some fun in the party.
This was a completely unexpected move as there were no hints. The phones themselves are not exciting enough. For one, they lack a commonly found feature, the fingerprint sensor. At their price points, that’s hard to swallow.
The Sony has straight taken up its flagship design (cough *bezels* cough), shrinked it, toned down the spec sheet and put it on shelf as two phones. Going by the uninspiring specsheet, it seems Sony wasn’t much willing to do this job. Both the Sony R1 and Sony R1 Plus share common specsheet. There’s Snapdragon 430 processor, 16MP/8MP front/rear cameras, 5.2 inch HD display. The difference? The Sony Xperia R1 gets 2GB/16GB RAM/storage while the Xperia R1 Plus gets 3GB/32GB. Both the phones get 2,630 mAh battery.
The Sony R1 will retail at Rs.13,990 (~ US$ 216) while the R1 Plus cost 15,990 (~US $246). There are already major competitors below, above and inbetween these price points. The popular once are Redmi Note 4, Lenovo K8 Note, Moto Gs and Nokia 6.