Along with Alpha 1, Sony also announced the Xperia Pro, which they say is the world’s first smartphone with a special HDMI input.
This is something that people have been wanting to see for a long time and finally, we have a phone with an HDMI input. If only Apple would do that with its phones. The ability to use a smartphone as a monitor makes a lot of sense. Yes, so far you have been able to view images on a smartphone, but only wirelessly or through countless conversion boxes.
Having a cable solution makes a lot of sense, as most modern smartphones have very bright and color-accurate screens. This makes them very suitable for use with smaller cameras.
We first saw this being demonstrated at IBC 2019, where Sony showed the Xperia 1 connected directly to Sony VENICE.
Having an HDMI input allows users to improve their workflow by connecting the phone to a Sony Alpha camera or other HDMI device. This not only allows you to use the Xperia Pro as a monitor, but also allows you to activate a 5G data connection so you can stream video in real time. To do this, you must have a compatible third-party live streaming application.
Xperia PRO’s high-quality 6.5-inch 4K OLED monitor lets you monitor images through pre-installed External monitor host application software.
This software has a screen lock function, screen brightness adjustment, scaling options, adjustable network lines and more.
Videos and styles
Xperia PRO uses the same imaging technology as the Xperia 1 II. According to Sony, the phone was developed with the help of Alpha camera engineers. Xperia PRO integrates technology such as real-time AF on both humans and animals. It also has an interface with a variety of manual controls and has the ability to capture up to 20 frames per second with 60 times per second calculations for autofocus / auto exposure and RAW support.
Based on the experience of Sony’s Digital Cinema Camera engineers, the Xperia PRO for video offers preset color management settings, 21: 9 movie recording, 4K HDR at 24, 30, 60 and 120fps slow motion and a smart wind filter. The 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display features a 21: 9 CinemaWide aspect ratio and supports the BT.2020 color space.
5G mmWave and 5G Sub-6
Xperia Pro supports 5G mmWave and 5G Sub-6 for high-speed data transfer, and the phone is designed to optimize signal reception.
Xperia PRO has a 360-degree antenna design that covers all four sides of the device. This 360-degree antenna creates the most efficient way to capture high-frequency 5G mmWave signals. In addition, the low dielectric constant material used in the Xperia PRO chassis allows radio waves to pass more easily. Together, these technologies help provide an optimized 5G signal strength connection, no matter how the user holds the device or where it is located.
The Network Visualizer feature, developed for Xperia PRO, provides easy-to-understand visualization of signal direction, communication method, and device communication speed to help on-site camera operators find the best place for live broadcasts. This function shows the current signal reception, indicates the direction of the received 5G signal and provides communication bandwidth and histogram. A shortcut button is located on the side of the Xperia PRO, which can be assigned to launch a commonly used feature, including Network Visualizer.
Xperia PRO combines water and dust resistance IP65 / 68. There is Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection on the front.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G mobile platform and the Snapdragon X55 5G Modem-RF system allow users to play, capture, cross-perform and connect at multi-gigabit 5G speeds. Performance has been improved by 25% faster processor and graphics processor than the previous Xperia model.
The phone has a 4000 mAh battery and is compatible with the optional UCH32C fast charger. It also has two technologies to keep the battery healthy longer. Battery Care protects the phone from recharging while Xperia Adaptive Charging monitors the phone as it charges to make sure the battery is not overloaded.
Price and availability
The new Xperia PRO 5G will be available for purchase and shipping to customers on January 26, 2021 and will sell for about $ 2,499.99 USD. Customers can purchase the Xperia PRO from a select group of Sony authorized dealers in North America.