Sony Xperia Pro-I – What if the Sony Xperia 1 III attended to film school and earned a degree? It would become an imaging professional, so there’s no need to be concerned. The Xperia Pro-I would be the result.
Sony has a tendency of releasing phones that no one anticipates or has thought to request. As a result, the Xperia Pro was born. The ultra-expensive Xperia 1 II’s alter ego was designed to serve as an external display for Sony Alpha cameras… and it also happened to be a phone with 5G connection.
The Xperia Pro-I, on the other hand, isn’t a sidekick; it’s the star of the show; the phone is the camera. Sony put a 20MP 1.0″ Type sensor inside the Pro-I, and it’s the first one of this size with phase-detect focusing on a phone, they point out to keep Sharp out of the debate.
What they don’t say outright is that the Pro-I isn’t using all of it – only 12MP, but we’ll get to that later. The key is that the main camera has a lot of skill.
The other cameras aren’t particularly noteworthy, but they round out a decent trio. Instead of being at the extreme end of the ‘ultrawide’ spectrum, there is an autofocusing ultrawide. The dual focal length periscope of the Xperia 1 III has been replaced with a more modest 2x-only device on the Pro-I.
The rest of the internals are nearly identical to those found in the Xperia 1 III. The 120Hz 4K display is carried over to the Pro-I, the Snapdragon 888 handles the calculations (not the plus, not that it matters), and the battery is the same.
When it comes to design, the Pro-I follows its own route, but we’ll get into that on the following page.
Sony Xperia Pro-I Price
Sony Xperia Pro-I specs at a glance:
- Body: 166.0×72.0x8.9mm, 211g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame; IP65/IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins).
- Display: 6.50″ OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, HDR BT.2020, 1644x3840px resolution, 21:9 aspect ratio, 643ppi; Runs at 1096 x 2560 pixels except for select use cases.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680); Adreno 660.
- Memory: 512GB 12GB RAM; UFS 3.X; microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot).
- OS/Software: Android 11.
- Rear camera: Wide (main): 12 MP, f/2.0-4.0, 24mm, 1.0″-type, 2.4µm, PDAF, OIS (315 PDAF points, 90% frame coverage); Telephoto: 12 MP, f/2.4, 50mm, 1/2.9″, PDAF, 2.1x optical zoom, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 12 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm, 1/2.55″, Dual Pixel PDAF; Depth: 0.3 MP, TOF 3D.
- Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4″, 1.12µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera: 4K@24/25/30/60/120fps HDR, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; 5-axis gyro-EIS, OIS; Front camera: 1080p@30fps, 5-axis gyro-EIS.
- Battery: 4500mAh; Fast charging 30W, 50% in 30 min (advertised), USB Power Delivery.
- Misc: Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC; 3.5mm jack; Native Sony Alpha camera support.
Sony Xperia Pro-I unboxing
The Xperia Pro-I comes packaged in a plain white cardboard box that bears no resemblance to the $1800 phone within. The Pro-I lettering on the lid is accented with a spray of gold, but that’s all for the flare. There is no plastic in the package, for what it’s worth.
The contents aren’t lavish either. Aside from the phone, you’re getting a 30W charger and a USB-C cable, and that’s it.
There are a few optional accessories that compliment the Pro-I in its pursuit of camera greatness and may be acquired at an additional cost. A handle, which was previously available and compatible with the company’s existing portfolio of standalone cameras, and a newly-launched vlog monitor, which you can use as a viewfinder to record yourself on the 1.0-inch primary camera, are among them. Here’s a sneak peek at them, but they’ll get their own page eventually.