Sony Xperia PRO-I Smartphone

The Sony Xperia PRO introduced last year just came onto the market earlier this year, but already, Sony has revealed a new version of the Xperia PRO, called Sony Xperia PRO-I.

Sony Xperia PRO-I Smartphone

However, unlike the PRO, the Sony Xperia PRO-I smartphone is targeted at content creators aka influencers and strangely enough, it is significantly cheaper than the PRO despite having top-end specifications like Qualcomm’s flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 888 5G, and packing 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of UFS storage. The internal storage can be expanded up to a terabyte via microSDXC.

The real highlight here isn’t the chip; it is the imaging capabilities offered up by a 1.0-type Exmor RS sensor which is paired to a 24 mm ZEISS Tessar Optics and advanced image processing, BIONZ X for mobile, that enables it to record eye-watering 4K 120p videos.

Sony Xperia PRO-I Smartphone

Basically, it has the imaging prowess of a digital camera but with an ultra-slim profile of just 8.9 mm thin. The Sony Xperia PRO-I is the world’s first smartphone to rock a 1.0-type image sensor with Phase Detection AF, btw. Also, the 1.0 type Exmor RS sensor is the same sensor found in the RX100 VII camera but optimized for smartphones.

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The rear camera is a tri-camera comprising of three 12 MP sensors while the front is an 8 MP item. Here are some of the imaging highlights straight from the horse’s mouth:

•   315 phase-detection AF points that cover 90% of the frame, allowing users to continue to capture subjects at high speed with high accuracy – even in scenes where focusing is difficult
•   Advanced AF capabilities to support “Real-time Eye AF” and “Real-time tracking” that keeps track of moving objects with high accuracy, using AI
•   ZEISS® Tessar Optics with T* anti-reflective coating and dual aperture F2.0/F4.0 for outstanding low light performance, high dynamic range, and beautiful bokeh
•   World´s first 4K video recording at 120fps High frame rate in a smartphone and includes a built-in strap-hole and a dedicated shutter button for easy, quick control
•   New Videography Pro feature combining creative flexibility with ease of use
•   First Xperia to support Eye AF and Object Tracking during video shooting
•   High-quality video performance and crystal-clear audio recording
Sony Xperia PRO-I Smartphone

Other notables include a 120 Hz 6.5-inch 4K (3,840 x 1,644 pixels) HDR OLED display, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, IPX5/IPX8 rating for water resistance, IP6X rating for dustproof, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, USB 3.2 Gen 2, and high-quality audio features, including Dolby Atmos, 3.5mm audio jack, Full-stage Stereo Speakers, and 360 Reality Audio.

The new Sony Xperia PRO-I will be available unlocked starting December 2021 for US$1,799.99. Meanwhile, you may learn more HERE.

Sony Xperia PRO-I Smartphone

All images courtesy of Sony Electronics.