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Sony announces the Xperia Pro smartphone with a dedicated HDMI input for $2,499.99

Sony announced today its newest 5G smartphone with an HDMI input, the first of its kind to include that feature. The Xperia Pro is targeted at professional content creators, enabling them to turn the handset into an external monitor and broadcast a live stream video through its 5G connectivity.

The device is capable of recording a 4K HDR video at up to 60fps and compatible with any camera equipped with an HDMI input, including Sony's Alpha lineup. It can also take slow-motion videos at 120fps. For creators, the Xperia Pro can be connected to the HDMI output of a camera and used as a secondary screen where they can view the video more clearly. They can also adjust the screen brightness, pinch to zoom in or out, and adjust the framing using the grid lines.

Connectivity-wise, the device supports both Sub-6GHz and 5G mmWave. It also features a 360-degree antenna design that Sony says covers all four sides of the phone for better reception. Users can also assign a network visualizer feature to its side-mounted shortcut button in order to look for the best spot to get a signal.

The Xperia Pro comes with a set of hardware specs similar to last year's Xperia 1 II. For example, it is powered by a Snapdragon 865 SoC and it has a 4,000mAh battery with fast charging support. On its back, there's a triple camera setup comprising a 16mm ultra wide-angle lens, 24mm wide-angle lens, and 70mm telephoto lens, all with 12MP sensors. For selfies, it has an 8MP camera on the front.

The device sports a 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display with a 21:9 "CinemaWide" aspect ratio and a resolution of 3840 x 1644. Its screen is protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 6 and the phone has an IP65/68 rating for water resistance.

Sony is rolling out the Xperia Pro initially in North America starting today for $2,499.99. For that price, you get 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage that's expandable up to 1TB with a microSD card.

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