Along with Alpha 1, Sony has also announced the Xperia Pro, which they claim is the world’s first smartphone with dedicated HDMI input.
It is something that people have wanted to see for a long time and finally we have a phone with an HDMI input. If only Apple would do this with their phones. Being able to use a smartphone as a screen makes a lot of sense. Yes, you have been able to monitor images before on a smartphone, but only wirelessly or through a myriad of conversion boxes.
Having a hard-wired 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 demonstrated at IBC 2019, where Sony showed an Xperia 1 connected directly to a Sony VENICE.
Having an HDMI input allows users to improve their workflow by connecting the phone to a Sony Alpha camera or any other HDMI device. Not only does this let you use the Xperia Pro as a monitor, but it also allows you to enable a 5G data link so you can send video in real time. To do this, you need a compatible third-party live streaming application.
Xperia PRO’s 6.5-inch 4K OLED display lets you monitor images via the pre-installed External monitor host application software.
This software has a screen lock function, screen brightness adjustment, zoom functions, adjustable grid lines and more.
Video & Still Images
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 number of manual controls, and it has the ability to record up to 20 fps at 60 times per second. Second autofocus / autoexposure calculations and RAW support.
Based on the expertise of Sony’s digital cinema camera engineers, the Xperia PRO offers video recording presets, 21: 9 movie recording, 4K HDR in 24, 30, 60 and 120 fps slow motion and an intelligent wind filter. The 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED screen has a 21: 9 CinemaWide aspect ratio and supports the BT.2020 color space.
5G mmWave & 5G Sub-6
Xperia Pro supports 5G mmWave and 5G Sub-6 for fast data transfer, and the phone is designed to optimize signal reception.
The Xperia PRO has a 360-degree antenna design that covers all four sides of the device. This 360-degree antenna produces the most efficient way to record high-frequency 5G mmWave signals. In addition, the low dielectric constant material used in the chassis of the Xperia PRO allows radio waves to pass through more easily. Together, these technologies help ensure 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 the signal direction, communication method, and communication speed of the device to help on-site camera operators find the best place for live transmissions. This function displays the current signal reception, indicates the direction of the 5G signal being received, and provides communication flow and histogram. A shortcut button is located on the side of the Xperia PRO, which can be assigned to launch a frequently used feature including the Network Visualizer.
Xperia PRO combines water and dust resistance class IP65 / 68. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front for protection.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Mobile Platform and Snapdragon X55 5G Modem RF system allow users to play, capture, cross-check and connect at 5G speeds with multiple gigabits. Performance has been improved from a 25% faster CPU and GPU than on the previous Xperia model.
The phone has a 4,000 mAh battery and is compatible with the optional UCH32C quick charger. It also has two technologies that keep the battery healthy longer. Battery care prevents the phone from overcharging, while Xperia Adaptive Charging monitors the phone when it is charged to ensure that the battery is not overworked.
Price and availability
The new Xperia PRO 5G can be purchased and shipped to customers on January 26, 2021 and will be sold for approx. $ 2,499.99 USD. Customers can purchase the Xperia PRO from a select group of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.