Sony teases the Xperia Pro at its flagship phone launch
With its in-house alternatives to typical flagship specs such as a 90-hertz refresh rate and super-high-res camera sensors (which were leaked extensively ahead of its debut) the Xperia 1 II may or may not be of interest to those looking for a Snapdragon 865-powered phone this year. However, Sony may have managed to retain some mystique in its new solutions after all, by bringing up the prospect of the Xperia Pro at its latest press conference.
As this device is still in development, there are no images of it at present. However, Sony asserts that, when it is ready, it will have a display and camera qualities to match those of the new 1 II. They will be joined by an HDMI port, which suggest a slightly less than mobile form-factor. However, the OEM has also indicated that it intends this Pro device to act as a companion for high-end camera equipment, even up to the broadcast grade of the same.
Sony's reasoning makes some sense here: after all, YouTubers often use iPhones or comparable flagships as viewfinders hooked up to their DSLRs. This, then, may be an even more professional solution. The Xperia Pro is also mmWave (and sub-6GHz) 5G-compatible, due to the Japanese electronic giant's 4-way antenna technology.
This feature is intended to help the user retain the integrity of their transmissions to other locations (e.g. a server or cloud). Therefore, it is apparent that Sony sees this as a use-case for the new mobile-data standards in question. To date, the Xperia Pro lacks such things as a launch date or recommended pricing.