Sony’s new Xperia PRO is a smartphone unlike any other

Joanna Estrada
January 26, 2021

Apart from these pro-specific tricks, the Xperia Pro is basically just a gussied up Xperia 1 ii - it still uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 chipset with 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a 4,000mAh battery.

That input is key for the Pro's target audience of imaging professionals.

The Xperia Pro will be sold through Verizon in the US, along with partnering retailers including B&H, Amazon, Adorama, and Sony Direct. The main differences here are that, unlike the 1 II, the Pro is certified to operate on mmWave 5G in the United States (on Verizon, anyway), and it sports HDMI input.

Specs-wise, the Xperia Pro features a 6.5-inch OLED display with a tall 21:9 aspect ratio and sub-4K resolution of 3840 x 1644 pixels.

Sony has also built-in a 360-degree antenna into the frame of the phone to help ensure the best possible connection to 5G mmWave networks, which should help users quickly upload large files onto the cloud or onto social media platforms. Maybe a few insane photographers would buy it as accessory for the Sony A1 camera, but otherwise Xperia 1 II is a better solution in every aspect. Hopefully, these features will be added in a future software update. That is definitely a steep price, but it may be worth it if you want an all-in-one video streamer, high-quality on-camera monitor, and flagship smartphone. This is where the Xperia PRO shines, where its dedicated HDMI port means that users can easily mount the phone onto a camera, attach a HDMI cable and connect it together. The price is steep at $2,499 as this is a niche product aimed at professional photographers and content creators.

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