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The Sony Xperia PRO launches for a ludicrous price

The Xperia PRO has a launch price of US$2,499.99. (Image source: Sony)
The Xperia PRO has a launch price of US$2,499.99. (Image source: Sony)
Sony has finally announced the Xperia PRO's price, and it is absurd when compared to the going-rate of modern flagship smartphones. Comparing the Xperia PRO against professional-grade camera monitors puts the smartphone in a better light, but it is still effectively just an Xperia 1 II with an HDMI input.

Sony has launched the Xperia PRO, the smartphone that it unveiled alongside the Xperia 1 II almost a year ago. The publication of firmware for the Xperia PRO suggested that its official launch was close, but Sony is still yet to confirm when the device will be purchasable.

However, Sony has now confirmed that Sony will charge US$2,499.99 for the Xperia PRO, or over double the launch price of the Xperia 1 II. According to The Verge, Sony 'currently has no plans' to sell the Xperia PRO in Europe. Presumably, this also applies to other markets, which would make the Xperia PRO exclusive to the US.

The Xperia PRO is Sony's first 5G smartphone in the US, although the Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II support 5G connectivity in Europe and beyond. The Xperia PRO also has an HDMI input, allowing it to double as an external camera monitor. All other specifications remain identical to the Xperia 1 II, meaning that the Xperia PRO offers a sub-4K resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, 8 GB of RAM and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Ultimately, the Xperia PRO is a ludicrous smartphone for US$2,499.99. A comparably-sized RED DSMC2 retails for US$2,750 though, putting the Xperia PRO in perspective somewhat. A RED DSMC at that price only has a 7-inch LCD too, which operates natively at 1,920 x 1,136 pixels. Hence, the included 5G modem and 3,840 x 1,644 pixel OLED screen of the Xperia PRO should offer clearer visuals while costing US$250 less. Nonetheless, the Xperia PRO remains almost a year late and with last year's flagship SoC.

(Image source: Sony)


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Alex Alderson, 2021-01-26 (Update: 2021-01-26)