Sony Xperia Pro costs $2,500 with external monitor features

Sony’s line of smartphones hasn’t been particularly successful, especially in the US, but now the company is trying something new. The Sony Xperia Pro is a phone designed for professionals, and it costs $2,500.

Arriving only in the US at the moment, the Sony Xperia Pro isn’t your average Android smartphone. Under the hood, it offers a fairly unexciting package – Snapdragon 865, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, Android 10, and support for sub6 and mmWave 5G connections.

The real story here is what this device can do for film professionals. The display is a 6.5-inch 21:9 4K HDR OLED panel. Of course, it runs Android like a normal Sony phone would, but the display also has a special “creator mode” that can be used with an integrated HDMI port on the side of the phone. This port can be used to turn the phone into an external monitor for suitable cameras such as Sony’s Alpha line. From there, the 5G connection can be used to live stream camera footage. It’s these two features that Sony says make the Xperia Pro worth the $1,300 premium over its already pricey Xperia 1 II.

The rest of the package includes a trio of 12MP rear cameras to handle standard, telephoto and wide-angle shots. There’s also an 8MP selfie camera and USB-C for the 4,000mAh battery.

Honestly, the idea behind the Xperia Pro isn’t bad, especially considering Sony’s excellent mirrorless cameras, but the $2,500 price tag is a real tough sell, even for professionals. After all, you could buy a Galaxy Z Fold 2 for less money and just WiFi use the phone as an external monitor, just with an even bigger screen. The only big plus here is the input that allows live streaming, which a review of MrMobile dots would cost over $2000 using much clumsier hardware otherwise.

Currently, there is no release date for this device and Sony has no plans to release the Pro outside of the United States.

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Edward N. Arrington