The Xperia Pro is the first smartphone from Sony with 5G technology to be launched in the United States.
Sony is targeting through the device professional users, who hope to use the HDMI input to convert the phone to an external camera screen and a 5G connection to quickly download footage or live broadcast.
Sony says: It does not currently plan to launch Xperia Pro in Europe.
Aside from HDMI inputs and 5G support in the US, the Xperia Pro is very similar to last year’s Xperia 1 II.
The phone works with a Snapdragon 865 processor with a 4000 mAh battery, and on the back is the same 12-megapixel wide camera, the telephoto camera, and the ultra-wide camera, with an 8-megapixel front camera.
The phone comes with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of expandable storage space.
The Xperia Pro also includes a 6.5-inch HDR OLED screen with an aspect ratio of 21: 9, which Sony describes as 4K, but in fact it has a lower resolution than 4K resolution of 3840 x 1644 pixels.
The Xperia 1 II sells for $ 1,200, and the Xperia Pro is more than twice its price, but Sony says its support for fifth-generation networks and HDMI inputs may be incredibly useful to professional users.
There is an HDMI port located at the bottom of the phone where the Xperia 1 II has a USB-C port, and the new device’s USB-C port is still at the bottom, but has been moved to the left.
Sony says: The phone is capable of streaming 4K HDR video at 60 frames per second, and should work with any camera that has an HDMI output.
In practical terms, this means that you can connect the phone to the camera’s HDMI output, and use its larger screen to get a clearer view of whatever is being photographed.
You can tap to enlarge the image on the screen or overlay gridlines to aid in framing.
The Xperia Pro can broadcast screenshots from its HDMI inputs directly to YouTube, and it supports StreamLabs and StreamYard for streaming to other platforms like Twitch and Facebook Live.
The phone supports both Sub-6GHz and mmWave, and Sony claims it has a distinctive antenna array with four unique directions to increase reception.
There is also a built-in network app that displays your upload and download speeds in real time, and can help you find the best position to get the signal.
The camera connection also extends to photo sharing, as the wired USB connection between the Alpha 7S III camera and the Xperia Pro enables faster image transfer.
Other notable features include a 3.5mm headphone jack, a dedicated shortcut button, IP68 water and dust resistance, stereo speakers, and Android 10.
Since the thrill of this phone began early last year, Sony has confirmed that it is a device for professional users, and its price of 2,500 dollars makes this more clear than ever.