It can happen that fast: At the end of January, Sony still said they had no plans to market the Xperia Pro in Europe, and now it is to be available in the UK, Germany and Northern Europe from next Monday.
The Xperia PRO is said by Sony to be the first smartphone with a dedicated HDMI input. It can therefore be used as a preview monitor and a 5G live streaming box. It is based on a Snapdragon 865 processor with a 4,000 mAh battery and has a 6.5-inch OLED display with an unusual 21:9 aspect ratio, which "only" offers the typical 4K resolution horizontally (3840 x 1644 pixels). The display thus corresponds to a 21:9 CinemaWide aspect ratio and supports the BT.2020 colour space, without specifically mentioning the percentage coverage of the same.
For filming, three 12-megapixel wide-angle, telephoto and ultra-wide-angle cameras are installed on the back. However, Sony naturally proactively promotes the connection of their Alpha cameras via the HDMI input. With compatible third-party live streaming apps, the Xperia PRO can stream video content from the HDMI input (up to 4K60p) to an RTMP stream server or directly to social media platforms.
At the same time, the Xperia PRO is also said to be able to be used as a 6.5" (16.5 cm) 4K OLED monitor via the pre-installed "External Monitor" function. The External Monitor feature has a screen lock function, screen brightness adjustment, zoom functions, adjustable grid lines and other features.
The internal cameras also offer a number of interesting features. These include look colour presets, 21:9 movie recording, 4K HDR in 24p, 30p, 60p and 120fps slow motion.
The Xperia PRO is IP65/68 water and dust resistant and features Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front. It will be available for pre-order from today for 2,499 euros and will be on the shelves from 10 May.