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Sony Xperia Pro 5G Review

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Sony announced its newest Xperia Pro, the world’s first external 4K HDR OLED Monitor, and the live streaming and file transfer solution 5G (mmWave) for your dedicated camera. Sony has equipped the device with four 5G antennas, a retrofit chassis, and the addition of a Micro HDMI port to support these new capabilities. It is intended for professionals, creatives, and creators of content who have to be delivered from as varied a range of locations as soon as possible, if not in real-time.

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Although most hardware remains the same as the Xperia 1 Mark II, the inclusion of the HDMI port means that the world’s first portable 4K1 HDR OLED monitor is coming with the support of a wide array of formats for cameras and video production devices. The Xperia Pro is an intriguing feature combined with a few unique features and others which you can’t simply see together on one device.

We wouldn’t like to mention the camera features of the Xperia Pro at first. Like the rest of the telephone – e.g. the unchanged but rather capable display – the features of the camera remain the same as the Xperia 1 Mark II. Pro uses Alpha 9 cameras’ technology to reach headline capturers like real-time autofocus of humans and animals and 20 fps bursts with uncompromised AF and auto exposure (AE) velocity per frame.

This approach to the Next Level is taken by the Xperia Pro. The iPhone 12 Pro Max or the Galaxy’s S21 Ultra is not meant to compete with. Actually, there’s not really another device like that that has the same features.

The Sony Xperia Pro 5G is turned into a set of professional photographer tools, video shooters, and content creators with its 5,5-inch 4K displays, 5G connectivity, and HDMI input. And it may still be not exactly for you, even if you are one of those people.

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Sony Xperia Pro 5G Specifications

  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • CPU: 1x 2.84 GHz Kryo 585, 3x 2.42 GHz Kryo 585, 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 585
  • GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 650, 587 MHz
  • RAM: 8 GB, 2133 MHz
  • Memory: 512 GB
  • Memory cards: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC
  • Display: 6.5 in, P-OLED, 1644 x 3840 pixels, 24 bit
  • Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-Polymer
  • OS: Android 10
  • Camera: 4032 x 3024 pixels, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 30 fps
  • SIM card: Nano-SIM
  • Wi-Fi: a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac, Dual-band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
  • USB: 3.1, USB Type-C
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • Positioning: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo

4K HDR Video Monitoring and Live Streaming

Xperia Pro 4K HDR Video

Sony Xperia Pro 5G can be used in stills and video capture using dedicated cameras as a high resolution 4K HDR external monitor. The high end OLED display provides a clear, high-contrast, broad color gamut that is well above the LCD or OLED display found in cameras that are mirrorless. For precise focusing adjustments as shown above, the large display can be used in combination with pinch and zoom.

The Sony Xperia Pro 5G can be used both as a video monitor and as a video streaming device when it is connected to a supported camera through Micro HDMI. As a monitor, it offers a 6.5″ 4K true HDR screen (thanks to its OLED panel) and Pinch-to-Zoom feature to ensure a precise focal point adaptation and can also transmit 4K video up to a maximum of 131Mbps as a 4K live streaming device – no words yet on battery life while ongoing live streaming.

Camera Features

Xperia Pro 4K HDR Camera

The Xperia Pro uses its camera array and Xperia 1 Mark II features to demonstrate the technology of the Alpha 9 cameras of the company. The following diagram divides the three main optical modules and lens designs and the flying time module.

In the main 24mm ‘wide’ camera module, the fast read-out speed of the Exmor RS sensor allows 20 fps to break with the calculation of 60 AF/eye AF/AE. Three camera modules offer a wide range of focal lengths: an equivalent of 16mm. F2.2 ultra-wide camera with a 1.4μm (1/2.55″ sensor made of 1.4µm pixels, a 24mm equiv. F1.7 wide camera with a 1/1.7″ (1.8μm) and a 70 mm / 70 mm equiv. F2.4 1/3,4″ sensor telephoto camera. All the cameras feature 12 MP sensors, sporting split cameras which offer a dual-pixel AF with 100% focus point coverage, which is quick to sweep – especially as light levels go down.

Initially labeled as Xperia 1 Mark II, a 3D time-of-flight (ToF) camera helps improve autofocus performance, especially under low light conditions. The iTOF camera sends IR light in grid form – 43,200 points – and measures the length of time it takes to return to the camera after nearby objects are bounced. It is up to five meters operational distance, beyond which items are simply as infinitely measured. In order to speed up focus acquisition, iTOF measurements are combined with dual-pixel measures and PDAF. There is no word on whether the ToF camera is being used or not to upgrade the map of depth generated in bokeh mode by the double pixel sensor.

File Transfer

Xperia Pro can also be used to transmit photos or videos4 via 5G to an FTP server or to another website using the USB-C port of the phone connected to the supported Sony camera.

Video and Audio

On the video capture front, Xperia Pro offers 21:9 24/25/60p 4K HDR modes, both for capturing HDR video by shooting and using HEVC, and 10-bit encoding in BT.2020’s wide color space by combining different exposures per output frame. You can tap your subject in the autofocus of the video in order to focus on it, but we still have to confirm if face or subject tracking is via a simple ‘tap-to-track’ interface, as it is on recent Alpha Series cameras.

Sony has maintained the xperia 1 Mark II headphone jack with 3.5 mm as well as two stereo speakers and playback from Dolby Atmos. Sony claims the same signal, which is that Xperia 1 Mark II won over the Mark I, improves its sound ratio (a ten-fold reduction in noise). A smart wind filter uses noise cancelation technology taken from Sony’s headphone division to digitally remove rumbling and wind noise. The phone is also 360-degree reality audio support.

Sony Xperia Pro 5G Network Visualizer

The integrated network display application can help you determine the best way to place your telephon for a broadcast to find the strongest 5G connection. The practical look of the Xperia Pro is one of the reasons why it has four different 5G antennas. The app shows uploading and downloading speed and which side of the phone has the strongest 5G signal (top, bottom, left or right). The thought is that you’d move your phone to the strongest side.

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FTP Server Support for Photos

Sony Xperia Pro 5G is supported with USB-C tethering in the file transfer protocol or ftp. This was Sony’s first feature on Xperia 5 II and Sony A7SIII launched last year for quick photo file transfers. However, you could have faster speeds with the addition of 5G, in theory.

Carrier Support & Price

Sony partnered with Verizon Wireless for the launch, but the telephone will also be released. When writing, the Xperia Pro is used on other carriers, only 4G support is provided.

The launch price is $2500  and handsets will be available for purchase from today.

Comparison: Sony Xperia Pro 5G Vs. Sony Xperia 1 II, Sony Xperia 5 II

  Sony Xperia Pro Sony Xperia 1 II Sony Xperia 5 II
Display size, resolution 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED; 3,840×1,644 pixels 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED; 3,840×1,644 pixels 6.1-inch FHD+ HDR OLED; 2,520×1,080 pixels
Pixel density 643 ppi 643 ppi 449 ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.7x3x0.4 in 6.5×2.8×0.3 in 6.22×2.68×0.31 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 170.2×76.2×10.16 mm 165.1×71.1×7.62 mm 158x68x8 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 7.9 oz; 225g 6.4 oz; 181g 5.75 oz; 163g
Mobile software Android 10 Android 10 Android 10
Camera 12-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (3x telephoto) 12-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (3x telephoto) 12-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 12-megapixel (3x telephoto)
Front-facing camera 8-megapixel 8-megapixel 8-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K
Processor Snapdragon 865 5G Snapdragon 865 Snapdragon 865
Storage 512GB 256GB 128GB
RAM 12GB 8GB 8GB
Expandable storage Up to 1TB Up to 1TB Up to 1TB
Battery 4,000 mAh 4,000 mAh 4,000 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Right side Right side Right side
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack Yes Yes Yes
Special features 5G sub-6 and mmWave, rated IP 65/68, adaptive battery charging and care, Dolby Atmos, Zeiss lens coatings, time of flight sensor, hardware shutter button, the hardware shortcut button 5G-enabled (not in US), wireless charging, rated IP 65/68, adaptive battery charging and care, Dolby Atmos, Zeiss lens coatings, time of flight sensor, hardware shutter button 5G-enabled (not in US), 120Hz refresh rate display, rated IP 65/68, adaptive battery charging and care, Dolby Atmos, Zeiss lens coatings, time of flight sensor, hardware shutter button, hardware Google Assistant button
Price off-contract (USD) $2,500 $1,200 $950
Price (GBP) Converts to £1,830 £1,099 £799
Price (AUD) Converts to AU$3,250 Converts to AU$1,960 Converts to AU$1,430