Shortly after Sony showed his first 5G phone in early 2020, he teased an even better-performing Pro model that the company quickly stopped talking about for the rest of the year. After a long silence, the Xperia Pro has finally resurfaced, with a few crucial details: It is on sale in the United States and it will cost $ 2,500.
If that price didn’t make it immediately obvious, the Xperia Pro isn’t for you or me. Although Sony concedes that some people with deep pockets can still buy one, the company’s latest smartphone is aimed at video professionals working in the field, especially those who could use its mmWave 5G connection to broadcast events or quickly route files to clients.
Sony’s concept is enticing, especially now that broadcasters are experimenting with more PTZ setups. Do you remember that cameraman on the sidelines of a Seahawks / Washington game? Whoever uses a Sony A7R IV on what people jokingly called a “poor man’s steadicam”? This is the kind of situation where Sony thinks its 5G smartphone can shine – cameramen can use the Xperia both as an external wired 4K HDMI monitor and as a mobile hotspot to send a live video feed straight to the phone. platform of their choice. And to prove it, the company conducted field trials with NBC Sports where the Xperia was tethered to Sony broadcast cameras, and during periods of live coverage of the Berlin Marathon.
The glaring problem with Sony’s idea is that mmWave 5G is notoriously hard to find – it’s largely limited to dense metropolitan areas, so local news crews likely won’t use it to cover breaking events. in the suburbs. Still, Sony has equipped the Xperia Pro with a few tweaks and additions to get the most out of these super-fast data connections. Unlike the standard Xperia 1 ii, the Pro model contains a four-way beamforming antenna to improve network performance and comes with a handy network power viewer that shows users where the most stable signal can be found. . (Think of it like 5G radar and you’re on your way.)
Other than those pro-specific tips, the Xperia Pro is basically just a bellows-type Xperia 1 ii – it still uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 chipset with 12GB of RAM and houses a 4,000mAh battery. And while Sony might prefer people to use its 6.5-inch 4K OLED display to frame photos with another camera, the Pro’s triple rear camera setup is no slouch. There are three 12-megapixel sensors on the rear, set to shoot at focal length equivalents of 16, 24, and 70mm, all aided by Zeiss’s T * lens coating, optical image stabilization and focus. phase detection automatic focus. Better yet, the Xperia’s cameras can be set to record 20 fps bursts with continuous autofocus, resulting in stills that are nearly more impressive than the Pro’s 10-bit video.