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Sony Xperia Pro smartphone for content creators costs more than 13-inch MacBook Pro

Sony Xperia Pro is the company's latest flagship smartphone and world's first to feature HDMI connectivity. The phone has other functions that benefit content creators.

Pavni Jain | January 27, 2021 | Updated 20:43 IST
Sony Xperia Pro smartphone


  • Sony Xperia Pro is a flagship offering for content creators.
  • Sony Xperia Pro is world's first smartphone to feature HDMI connectivity.
  • The Xperia Pro can be connected to a camera and transfer data using 5G network.

Sony launched its new smartphone, the Xperia Pro, on Tuesday evening along with the Alpha 1 full-frame mirrorless camera during an online event. The Xperia Pro is a flagship offering for content creators and debuts as the world's first smartphone to feature HDMI connectivity. The smartphone comes with a plethora of features including 4K HDR OLED display, quad rear camera setup and advanced photography updates. But, all of this comes at a premium. The new smartphone is priced at $2500 in the United States which makes it more expensive than most gadgets including the 13-inch Macbook Pro.

Sony Xperia Pro features and specs

Before we deep dive into the price of the smartphone, let's take a look at its features. The Xperia Pro is not a traditional smartphone to perform daily tasks. The phone has been designed keeping digital content creators in mind who prefer instantaneous connectivity. It features an HDMI-in port which allows users to connect the phone directly to a professional camera and transfer data using 5G network. Sony says that the microHDMI input is capable of accepting 4K HDR signals at up to 60p. This means the smartphone can be used as a 4K monitor too.

No points for guessing that it features a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display and can be used as both - a video monitor as well as a video streaming device. As a live streaming device, the phone can transfer 4K video at up to 131Mbps bandwidth. Since the company focuses on delivering high-quality footage, the display refresh rate is limited to 60Hz.

Sony Xperia Pro borrows AF technology from the company's latest Alpha 1 camera. The phone features real-time eye autofocus for both humans and animals. The Xperia Pro is capable of 20FPS continuous shooting without compromising AF and AE per frame.

For the cameras, the phone holds a rectangular camera module at the back. It features four rear cameras with the following specifications: a 12-megapixel wide camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a 3D time-of-flight (ToF) camera. This ToF camera, was originally introduced in the Xperia 1 Mark II, helps improve AF performance especially in low light scenarios. There is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera to click selfies on the phone.

The smartphone is powered by 7-nanometer based Snapdragon 865 SoC. The phone runs on Android 10. Available in black colour variant, the Xperia Pro equips a 4,000mAh battery with 21W charging speeds. Other features include a headphone jack and a dual-SIM connectivity. For the configuration, the phone arrives with 512GB of internal space and 12GB of RAM.

Worth the price?

Now, the question is despite offering all that is it necessary for the content creators to spend on a smartphone like this. In India, you don't have an option as the phone won't be launched here. However, in the United States, the Xperia Pro (at $2500) costs way more than a 13-inch MacBook Pro ($1,299 for 256GB storage). While the laptop can't shoot cool videos, it is an important part of a vlogger's kit and is used to edit videos and upload media. The users can certainly do with a good camera smartphone and couple it with a MacBook for content creation.

However, it's the ability to use Xperia Pro as a live streaming device that should grab some eyeballs. The phone can livestream on YouTube directly from any camera with HDMI output.

The smartphone is certainly a feat of engineering and yes, $2500 is not too much for hard-core professionals. However, this establishes a fact that Xperia Pro is a niche product within a niche market. Thus, it will be interesting to see if Sony is able to match the expected sales projection for the smartphone.

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