Sony has launched a new Xperia phone – but with the ability to act as an external monitor for a camera, 5G connectivity, a mini-HDMI port, and a hefty price tag, the Xperia Pro is very different from a lot of smartphones we have. ‘go see in 2021.
The new phone is aimed directly at serious digital photographers and videographers, doing both the job of an external display to more accurately frame shots and to view larger sized clips, and a modem. portable so that images and footage can be uploaded to the web from just about anywhere.
All of this comes at a hefty price tag of US $ 2,499.99, but Sony’s argument is that it’s still less money than you’d spend on a separate external monitor and a portable modem for business use – and here , you get both devices in one. If this is your business, the Xperia Pro could be a worthwhile investment.
With built-in 5G, you can stream footage directly to YouTube, as well as Twitch and Facebook Live through third-party apps. Sony says the phone has a specially configured 360-degree antenna design to make sure you always get the best possible cell signal from your location.
The HDMI input sits next to a USB-C connector and can accept video streams of up to 60 frames per second in 4K with HDR processing. It should work with any camera that has an HDMI output, although Sony wants to make it a companion device for its own Alpha line.
Once the Sony Xperia Pro is plugged in, it offers a few advantages over the standard viewfinder of the camera to which it is connected: for example, you can zoom in on the action or place grid lines above the frame.
As for the rest of the camera specs, much of it is an adapted version of the Xperia 1 Mark II that we saw launched last year. The phone has a Snapdragon 865 processor, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of on-board storage and a 4000 mAh battery, as well as a 6.5-inch OLED display that Sony advertises as 4K but which in fact has no technical problem. fairly 4K resolution of 3840 x 1644 pixels.
There’s IP68 waterproofing here and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the display, so it should be able to withstand a few bumps and drops. The phone also has its own camera of course: a 12-MP + 12-MP + 12-MP triple lens housing with ultra-wide and 3x optical zoom capabilities.
“Combining the speed of 5G and the connectivity of an HDMI input, Xperia Pro is designed to allow creators to share and distribute content in real time, opening up a new world of possibilities for a professional workflow,” Sony Electronics director Neal Manowitz said in a statement. Press statement.
If you want to spend $ 2,500 on your next kit, the Sony Xperia Pro is available for purchase now, from a “select group of Sony authorized dealers” in North America. The promotional video of Sony’s phone in action can be seen below.
Xperia PRO – empowering photographers to work smarter
Product sheet: Sony Xperia Pro