The Sony Xperia PRO edges closer to release with the publication of US firmware ↺
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Sony may be preparing to release its initial third-generation smartphone since its Xperia reboot in 2019, but it has not forgotten about the Xperia PRO. Sony announced the Xperia PRO in February 2020 alongside the Xperia 1 II, billing it as a professional version of the latter with an HDMI input for connecting it to a professional camera. The company went quiet on the Xperia PRO since though, with no announcement of a release date or a price in the intervening eleven months.
However, Sony is seemingly on the verge of finally releasing the Xperia PRO in one way or another. As the screenshot from XperiFirm shows, Sony has now published the first firmware for the Xperia PRO, also known as the XG-AQ62 dual. The firmware, called 58.0.A.9.116-R3A relates to the US model, seemingly confirming that the company still only plans to release the Xperia PRO in one region. According to the Xperia Blog, Sony has based 58.0.A.9.116-R3A on Android 10 with the September 2020 security patch.
Typically, a firmware publication precedes a device release by a few weeks, but Sony has yet to announce anything publicly. We would still expect Sony to charge extortionate amounts of money for the Xperia PRO though because of its status as a professional device, even if it is already a year old.