It’s been almost a year and finally, Sony is about to be ready to release the Xperia Pro. Sony announced it in February 2020, along with the Xperia 1 II. However, the Xperia 1 II came the market a few months later. Until now, we didn’t hear anything meaningful about the Xperia Pro. Finally, it’s about to change, because various firmware files appear on Sony servers and they are for the Xperia Pro. This is a good indication that the phone model will be available on the market. It should be available in the United States and various countries. There will be support for 5G connectivity with mmWave band. This technology is becoming a mainstream in 2021, which could improve market reception. Design-wise, there’s a dedicated shortcut button and you can launch any app with it. The antenna has 360-degree coverage, which should be great for its usability. The micro HDMI connector makes the Xperia Pro compatible with various external devices. Just like the previous Xperia 1 II, it will have back finish and relatively sturdy body.
It’s quite interesting to know that Sony will unveil the Xperia 1 III as well, which is a bit unfavourable Xperia Pro with its last year’s technology. Back to the firmware, it seems to have Android 10 integration. The security patch update is September 2020. If the Xperia Pro has premium pricing, it will be rather disappointing. The original firmware for Xperia Pro is XG-AQ62 dual, while the firmware for US-version device is 58.0.A.9.116-R3A. At the moment, there are still no firmware versions for other regions.
The Sony Xperia 1 II is a typical flagship of early 2020 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. However, it appealed many users with 6.5-inch OLED display with 4k resolution. This ensures an exceptionally crisp display with 643ppi of pixel density. The display and the back of the device has Gorilla Glass 6 for enhanced protection against scratches. There’s a quad-camera arrangement on the back with 12MP primary, 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto (3x optical zoom) and 0.3MP ToF with HDR and Zeiss optics. The front-facing module 8MP camera also with HDR feature. There are two variants available, 8GB RAM/256GB storage and 12GB RAM/256GB storage. The Li-Po 4000mAh battery supports 11W wireless charging and quick 25W wired charging. Starting from $888, it’s a decent upper mid-range smartphone model for early 2020 with powerful hardware and great display resolution. However, it’s standard 60Hz refresh rate is quite a letdown for the display, but the 21:9 aspect ratio makes it comfortable for media-consumption. However, Sony released Xperia 5 II later that has 120Hz refresh rate, but with significantly lower resolution 6.1-inch Full HD OLED display with 449ppi of pixel density. The ToF sensor is missing, leaving a triple-camera module on the back. It’s still has the same Snapdragon 865 chipset inside.
As mentioned in its official page, Xperia Pro isn’t a ground-breaking model. Internally, it still has the rather outdated Snapdragon 865, while the competing models already have Snapdragon 865+ and Snapdragon 888.