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Sony Xperia Pro – finally a phone that you can use as an external monitor

Along with Alpha 1, Sony also announced the Xperia Pro, which they say is the world’s first smartphone with a special HDMI input.

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.

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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.