Deal | Sony Xperia PRO-I hits attractive lowest price level on Amazon as leaker offers PRO-I 2 expectations
The excellent Sony Xperia PRO-I smartphone is currently being offered on Amazon (and Sony US) for its lowest price ever: US$999.99. For the uninitiated, asking almost US$1,000 for a 2021 phone is exactly why Sony and its Xperia line have almost vanished from smartphone sales charts. But the Xperia PRO-I was never meant to rival best-sellers from Samsung and Apple; it was made by a company that is world-renowned for its imaging knowhow for those willing to pay up for a phone with a 1-inch image sensor. In addition, it’s worth remembering that the Sony Xperia PRO-I was released with the truly eye-watering launch price of US$1,799.99.
While there have been some whispers that such a price cut could indicate the imminent arrival of the Sony Xperia PRO-I 2 (or Mark 2), it appears that this discount is only for customers in the US at the moment. If Sony was about to unleash a successor onto the market, it seems likely that the Xperia PRO-I price in key markets such as the UK would also be slashed. According to CamelCamelCamel, the Xperia PRO-I has neared this US$999.99 mark a couple of times in the past but has rapidly shot back up to around US$1,099.99 or higher shortly afterwards. This is the lowest price recorded on that price-checker site and is likely not going to last long.
In the meantime, the leaker ZACKBUKS has been sharing some expectations for the long-awaited successor, which could end up being simply called the Xperia PRO-I 2 (and hopefully not the potentially confusing PRO-I II). The tipster states “variable aperture 1-inch main camera + full-focal light variable telephoto + 4K60 front + CineVlog 4K” as features likely to be included, which is hardly shocking when you consider the impressive specs of the 2021 Xperia PRO-I. 16 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor would seem like the most obvious key upgrades for a 2023 Xperia PRO-I model, along with professional-grade camera software and an astonishing price point.
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