SONY Xperia PRO-I announced with 1.0-inch image sensor

After a few teasers, Sony has finally unveiled its latest addition to its smartphone lineup, the Sony Xperia PRO-I. The brand new device mainly focuses on camera capabilities and features. The company praises the camera, which is also the first 1-inch camera sensor with phase detection autofocus to make it to other regions outside of Japan.

Sony’s promotional video focuses on camera features and overall quality, and we find out that the “I” in the name stands for “Imaging”. It’s not often we see a 1-inch sensor on a smartphone, and it looks like it comes straight from the company’s RX100 VII compact camera, which has been “optimized for a smartphone.” It just means that it uses most of the sensor to create 12MP images. There’s also a variable aperture, which can range from f/2.0 to f/4.0.

Smartphone Sony Xperia PRO I 4

The Sony Xperia PRO-I has another pair of 12 MP camera sensors, a 16mm f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor and a 50mm f/2.4 telephoto sensor. The main camera features real-time eye autofocus for humans, animals, and for photography and videography modes. The sensor can also lock onto subjects thanks to 315 phase detection AF. The camera uses the same Bionz X image signal processor also found in other Xperia devices such as the Xperia 1 III and 5 III.

Smartphone Sony Xperia PRO I 5

As for the rest of the hardware, Sony added two more buttons to control the camera. There’s a two-step shutter key that we’ve come to expect, while the other is a circular shortcut button that can be mapped in Sony’s Videography Pro app. It may offer additional functionality and allow you to change exposure, color balance, and other settings while shooting.

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 888 5G chipset, coupled with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of UFS 3 storage. It has a built-in microSDXC card slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The selfie shooter is an 8MP f/2.0 sensor with 1.12µm.

The display is a 6.5-inch OLED panel with 120Hz support, and it has a resolution of 1644 x 3840 (640 PPI), there’s IP68 water and dust resistance, USB -C and Displayport, plus the usual side-mounted fingerprint sensor. As for charging, a 4,500mAh battery is built-in and supports 30W fast charging.

Sony will start selling the Xperia PRO-I in December in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and the Nordics. It will also be available in the United States for around US$1,800 and will be sold at various authorized Sony dealers across the United States. Pre-orders will begin on October 28 at 10:00 a.m. EDT.

Michael C. Garrison