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Sony Xperia PRO-I Smartphone (2021)

MSRP 1800 USDNEX score 74%

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Product Overview

Sony Xperia PRO-I is the 2021 revision of the Xperia PRO from last year. A flagship, camera-focused smartphone, the Xperia PRO-I boasts an industry-leading quad camera setup, including a 1-inch sensor for its main camera, the largest found in any smartphone to-date.
Beyond the camera, the Xperia PRO-I is no slouch, either: It uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 5G mobile platform with 5G dual stand-by. On the front, we find a 6.5-inch OLED display with one of the highest pixel density (643ppi) on the market (though it is not an improvement from last year.
Several areas where the Xperia PRO-I did improve include a smaller size, Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, a larger 4500mAh battery, and fast charging support up to 30W.
The main selling point of the Xperia PRO-I is certainly its cameras. Besides the aforementioned 1-inch sensor for the main camera, Sony also upgraded the telephoto unit to a 1/2.9" unit, though the ultra-wide camera remains unchanged. Notably, the Xperia PRO-I now can record 4K video at 120fps and FHD at 240fps.
Lat but not least, Sony is not going the "courage" route and retains a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Water- and dust-resistant
  • Bright 4K OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate
  • 1"-Type sensor with 2x optical zoom
  • Headphone jack
Cons
  • Not as good as the Xperia 1 III as a phone

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 74% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent dynamic range
  • Very good video quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • No IP rating
  • No wireless charging
  • Not for everyone
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • No 4K120 video editing
  • No ND filters
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C 3.1 Gen1 + HDMI micro (Type D) + 3.5mm Headphone jack
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
4500 mAh
Camera | Front
8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm, 24mm, 1/4", 1.12µm
Camera | Rear | Depth
0.3 MP, TOF 3D
Camera | Rear | Telephoto
12 MP, f/2.4, 50mm, 1/2.9", PDAF, 2x optical zoom, OIS
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
12 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm, 1/2.55", Dual Pixel PDAF
Camera | Rear | Wide
12 MP, f/2.0-4.0, 24mm, 1.0", 2.4µm, PDAF, OIS (315 PDAF points, 90% frame coverage)
Colors
Frosted Black
Material
Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame
Speakers
Stereo

Dimensions

Bezels
76.0% screen-to-body ratio
Size | Depth
8.9 mm / 0.35 inch
Size | Height
166 mm / 6.54 inch
Size | Width
72 mm / 2.83 inch
Weight
211 g / 7.80 oz

Display

Aspect Ratio
21:9
Display Color Depth
10-bit (1B colors)
Display Diagonal
6.5 inch
Display Type
OLED
Gamut
100% DCI-P3
Pixel Density
643 ppi
Refresh Rate
120Hz
Resolution
3840 x 1644

Function

Bluetooth Profiles
A2DP, aptX HD, LE
Chipset
Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
Fast Charging
30W, 50% in 30 min
GPS
A-GNSS (GPS + GLONASS)
Graphics
Adreno 660
Operating System
Android 11
Processor
Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
Sensor
Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum
SIM
2x Nano 5G
Video Codecs
H.264, H.265
Video Recording | Front
FHD 30fps, 5-axis gyro-EIS
Video Recording | Rear
4K 120fps / FHD 240fps, 5-axis gyro-EIS, OIS
Weather Resistance
IP65/IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Wireless Charging
Yes

Performance

Memory | Capacity
12 GB
Storage
512 GB UFS 3 + microSD

Production

Availability
2021-12
Debut
2021-10-26

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

gsmarena[1]

Sentiment Score 60%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
The ZV-1 is also (sort-of) a proper camera with a proper 1"-type sensor and a proper 24-70mm equiv. zoom lens. Lanyard eyelet at the left bottom of the phone lets you attach a strap so you can ensure the phone won't drop to its death. We couldn't find a way to edit videos on the phone beyond a simple trimming function.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good video quality
  • Very good battery life
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • No ND filters
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • No 4K120 video editing

gsmarena[2]

Sentiment Score 84%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
The 12MP ultrawide camera saves impressive photos and they are among the best we've seen. The images look as organic as the ones coming from the main camera, do fit a lot in the frame, and offer an excellent dynamic range, sharpness, and particularly good color saturation. The Xperia Pro-I will be launching this December for €1799.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superb low-light photos
  • Excellent dynamic range
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Not for everyone

techradar[3]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Sony Xperia Pro-I is a capable camera phone for photography. All three cameras are available for video capture across all three apps. We found 5G connectivity to work well, with the strength and reliability of the signal being comparable with other handsets of this type. The Pro runs Android 11, which isn’t the newest version of Google’s OS.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Top-tier camera performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP rating

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony Xperia Pro-I as a video camera. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_pro_i_for_video-review-2340p5.php. 2021-10-29. Retrieved 2021-10-29.
2. ^ Sony Xperia Pro-I hands-on review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_pro_i_hands_on-review-2338p4.php. 2021-10-26. Retrieved 2021-10-27.
3. ^ Sony Xperia Pro-I review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-xperia-pro-i. 2021-12-20. Retrieved 2021-12-20.

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