Sony Xperia Pro 1: the 1800 euro smartphone that challenges the SLR

Sony Xperia Pro 1 is official, and it has the incredible: it costs a lot, but it is the first smartphone in the world with a one-inch sensor

When Sony several days announced an Xperia event scheduled for October 26, many frowned. The rumors up to that time dozed, so it was not clear what the Japanese company had in mind. Until yesterday, when a rumor has spoken of a smartphone with an SLR camera.

His name is Sony Xperia Pro 1, and yes, the camera that the oriental designers have included on the new product of the highest range has the incredible: in fact it was a "transplant" on the smartphone of the sensor which is equipped with the Sony RX100 VII, the compact camera for excellence in the list of Sony. So Xperia Pro 1 is the first smartphone in the world to be able to boast a one-inch sensor, moreover embellished by Zeiss optics and variable aperture - f/2.0 or f/4.0 - which gives way to get each time the best compromise between definition and amount of light that reaches the sensor.

The incredible possibilities offered by Sony Xperia Pro 1

Next to the colossal main sensor there are two others with the same 12-megapixel resolution, an ultra wide-angle and a telephoto with 2x zoom. Videos can be recorded at 4K resolution up to 120 frames per second. However, we know that technical quality does not necessarily translate into high image quality if the software is not top-notch. So Sony Xperia Pro 1 can rely on an interface further enriched with adjustments and settings than the previous model and is capable of shooting in RAW, as well as a number of tricks that make it the ideal product for those who need to shoot high-level mobile.

Sony Xperia Pro 1 in fact has a physical shutter button, a hole for the straps (wrist or neck) and especially an accessory dedicated to those who shoot a lot of videos on the move. It is a 3.5-inch monitor in 720p that allows you to connect a handle and a microphone through the 3.5 audio jack, so that the smartphone becomes in a moment a "real" camera through which to shoot and film. However, the smartphone integrates a dedicated high-end microphone.

The specifications of Sony Xperia Pro 1

On the technical side, Sony Xperia Pro 1 can only be a high-end smartphone. There's Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 chip, 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of expandable storage, a 6.5-inch 120 Hz HDR OLED screen with Ultra HD 4K resolution (like TVs), certification against water and dust, a 4,500 mAh battery with 30-watt fast charging and wireless.

Sony Xperia Pro 1, price and availability

The aspect that crippled sales of its predecessor was the price. Sony Xperia Pro 1 is not cheap at all, but it costs significantly less than its predecessor by offering more. So, even if the price in absolute is not low, it is convenient in relation to what it offers.

It will arrive in early December at 1,799 euros, but initially will be distributed in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Netherlands and northern Europe) but not in Italy. However Sony has left open a glimmer: in 2022 the availability will be extended to other European countries.