The Sony Xperia 1 that launched this summer is a premium phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor triple rear cameras, and stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos audio, among other things.

But its stand-out feature is the display: a 6.5 inch, 3840 x 1644 pixel HDR OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio.

Now Sony is launching a new Sony Xperia 1 Professional Edition with a few tweaks designed for photographers, video producers, and gamers. It’s launching exclusively in Japan (for now, at least), where it’s available for 143,000 yen, or about $1315 US.

That’s about $340 more than the price of a standard Sony Xperia 1 in Japan (105,600 yen). So what do you get for the extra money?

  • Display that’s been calibrated for the the D65 color temperature based on a Sony Master series reference monitor
  • Support for pairing the phone with a camera so you can transfer photos and videos, using your phone for on-the-spot checking and/or backup and tagging
  • Support for wired networking when you connect an Ethernet adapter to the USB-C port
  • Dual SIM support

And honestly that’s about it. A few default settings are different (the home screen rotates on the Professional Edition, but not on the standard Xperia 1), but for the most part this is pretty much a more expensive version of the same phone.

That said, it’s still probably makes more sense for professional photographers to add this phone to their toolkit than some other photo-centric smartphones we’ve seen in the past few years.

via GSM Arena

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4 replies on “Sony unveils Xperia 1 Professional Edition smartphone aimed at multimedia pros”

  1. I’d honestly say that the ROG Phone II is possibly the most ideal phone on the market.

    It has multiple USB ports, and with a hub, can support display port and USB otg while charging.

    120 Hz display. Tons of storage.

    I’d say the downside is the lack of a microsd slot, although I believe you can calibrate the colors. Well that and it’s expensive.

  2. 340 pixels in width or height is not enough to judge a photo or video, so it makes the phone completely useless. Not to mention the aspect ratio.

  3. “Support for pairing the phone with a camera” isn’t exactly a feature unique to this device, given that Nikon’s SnapBridge app exists and works with any phone on android 5 or newer.
    It could have a more unique, low latency, high speed connection though.

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