Every year we hear news of the poor health of Sony’s mobile division. And every year, the manufacturer’s response is the same: to offer a new smartphone even more expensive than the previous one.
After a Sony Xperia 1 III sold for a whopping 1,199 euros, the Japanese present the Xperia PRO-I, offered – hold on tight – at 1,799 euros.
A photophone like no other
So what makes Sony so confident with its new mobile? Apparently, we are dealing with a pure Xperia. But, like most of its competitors, Sony is betting all-in on the photo with its Xperia PRO-I.
In this case, the manufacturer seems to have the means for its ambitions, and for good reason: its smartphone has the largest sensor ever integrated into a phone in recent years. This is the 1 “Exmor RS, which photographers reading this article might not be unfamiliar with. The reason is simple, it is actually the sensor built into the Sony RX100 VII compact camera. .
The press release shared by Sony also looks more like a technical sheet of a camera than that of a smartphone. With its 12 megapixels, it offers photosites of 2.4 µm (like the Pixel 6 Pro) and, this is a first, a phase detection autofocus on 315 points (90% of the surface of the sensor covered). It also has a (stabilized) dual aperture ƒ / 2.0 and ƒ / 4.0 lens.
To go with it, we will also find a 12 megapixel ultra-wide-angle (1 / 2.5 “; ƒ / 2.2) and a 2x telephoto lens (1 / 2.9”; ƒ / 2.4). At the front, we will always count on a very small 8 megapixel sensor (1 / 4.0 “; ƒ / 2.0), which, for the price requested by Sony, leaves a very bitter taste in the mouth.
Built for vloggers, the press release tells us, the Xperia PRO-I is also capable of filming in 4K up to 120 fps. Eye AF object tracking is also appearing in video.
A smartphone otherwise agreed
We understand that the Xperia PRO-I wants to stand out thanks to its main sensor, co-developed with Zeiss. But what about the rest of its spec sheet? Unfortunately, nothing is so noticeable.
This is a smartphone that takes the age-old aesthetic of the Xperia. It stretches its OLED panel over 6.5 inches (still in 21: 9) and offers a refresh rate of 120 Hz (a priori not adaptive). The screen is still defined as “4K”, but this definition is actually only used in compatible scenarios. Most of the time, we stay on FHD +.
The smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 888 platform, with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512 GB of UFS storage. A 4,500 mAh battery completes the picture and will be rechargeable at 30 W with the supplied block. Finally, to complete the owner’s tour, the Xperia PRO-I still has a jack, a dedicated shutter button, is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus and certified IP65 / IP68 to resist splashing, dust and immersion.
Sony Xperia PRO-I price and availability
Announced yesterday, the Sony Xperia PRO-I release date in France in early December at a single price of 1,799 euros. It is therefore the most expensive “classic” (understand: non-foldable) smartphone launched this year. But, to try to pass the pill, Sony clears itself by asserting that with such a smartphone, we replace both his bigot, his camera and his camcorder.
In short, a smartphone is really not for everyone.
Source: press release