Xperia PRO-I US release date gives Sony camera time to shine


Despite everything, Sony’s mobile business continues to grow and, in fact, sometimes records good numbers for the company’s finances. It doesn’t have a large market share for sales of smart mobile devices, at least not enough to rank in the top ten in the world, but it does generate some interest every now and then with its unique designs or proposals. Along with that ever-unique 21: 9 display format, the Xperia PRO-I continues this tradition by appealing to vloggers and videographers, who won’t have to wait long to finally get their hands on one.

When it comes to basic smartphone specs, the Xperia PRO-I definitely ticks all the right boxes. There’s the Snapdragon 888 5G processor, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. This 6.5-inch 4K OLED display supports a 120Hz refresh rate, and that odd aspect ratio Sony always insists is best for consuming and creating cinematic videos. The real claim to fame he wants to make, however, is about the cameras and, in particular, how he promises to improve the video recording experience.

The main 12 MP sensor might seem underwhelming when it comes to pixel count, but it’s definitely selling it short. It is touted as the first 1.0-inch Exmor RS sensor to be integrated into a smartphone, and it pairs with a dedicated BIONZ X image processor to deliver the same image quality as many Sony cameras. It also has a double aperture lens with Tessar optics and T * anti-reflective coating.

However, hardware isn’t all there is for quality pictures and videos. Sony makes sure that there is a whole ecosystem to support this video creation use case that it offers. In addition to adding a Videography Pro mode to match the usual Pro Camera mode, the company is also launching accessories that make it easier to use the phone’s main camera to create a better quality video. The most unique is the Vlog Monitor, as we saw with the international launch of XPERIA Pro I, which places a small screen on the back of the phone for use with a tripod or monopod.

In typical Sony fashion, the Xperia PRO-I gets a higher price tag than its peers. At $ 1,799.99, the phone isn’t an easy buy, especially when there are more affordable options with equally decent cameras. In the US, the Sony Xperia PRO-I will launch on December 10, with no sign of the Vlog Monitor accessory. Like any other Sony phone, you won’t find it from carriers or local stores, but you can buy it from Amazon, where it’s available for pre-order now.


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