Sony’s $2,500 Xperia Pro Is Xclusively for Creators

Sony's latest smartphone strategy: Charge $2,500 and call it a 'camera accessory' The Xperia Pro is super expensive and super niche

Sony built a $2,500 smartphone for creators and broadcasters

One year after it was teased, the Xperia PRO 5G is finally going on sale in the USA through the Sony online store and B&H. The premium smartphone carries a hefty price tag of $2,499.99. This is the latest smartphone from Sony that appears to be catered towards creative professionals on the go, thanks to its dedicated HDMI input. Connected to certain Sony cameras, users will be able to both use the phone as a viewfinder and quickly upload images and videos, or even livestream footage.

The base hardware is basically the same as the Xperia 1 II, but what sets the Xperia PRO apart is support for 5G mmWave connectivity and its micro HDMI input. The Xperia 1II launched in the United States with 4G only while in Europe, it came with 5G support. This model will subsequently not be launched in Europe, according to Sony. And while Sony might prefer people use its 6.5-inch 4K OLED screen isn't being used to frame up shots with another camera, the Pro's rear triple camera setup is no slouch. It features the same Snapdragon 865 chipset with Qualcomm's X55 modem, and is powered by a 4,000mAh battery. Additionally, the Xperia Pro features ultra-wide and telephoto cameras, both at the same 12MP, along with a 0.3MP time-of-flight sensor.

The HDMI input is located on the bottom of the phone while the USB-C port is shifted to the left to ensure the HDMI port is centered. If your job involves taking photo and video on Sony cameras from remote locations, it might be a good deal for you - but only then. There's also a built-in network visualizer app that can be assigned to its shortcut key to helping you find the best position to get a signal.

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