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

Along with Alpha 1, Sony has also announced the Xperia Pro, which they claim is the world’s first smartphone with dedicated HDMI input.

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.

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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.