Sony launches Xperia PRO-I, world’s first smartphone with 1-inch image sensor

Japanese technology giant Sony has launched the Xperia PRO-I. It is the world’s first smartphone with a 1-inch image sensor according to its maker.

Sony Xperia PRO-I. (Photo: Sony)

To be exact, the Xperia PRO-I uses the same 1-inch Exmor RS image sensor found in the award-winning Sony RX100 VII prosumer compact camera. It comes with 315 phase-detection autofocusing (AF) points as well as Real-time Eye-AF for humans and animals.

In addition, the PRO-I features Sony’s Bionz X image processor to deliver fast processing and great image quality. This processor is also found in Sony’s alpha cameras.

The PRO-I smartphone comes from a rich heritage of Sony’s alpha cameras. (Photo: Sony)

The PRO-I also includes a dedicated shutter button that uses the same shutter switch module as Sony’s RX100 series cameras. It even uses similar button strokes to operate AF and shutter release.

The dedicated shutter release button of PRO-I lets you easily take photos even when wearing gloves. (Photo: Sony)

Apart from the main 1-inch 12-megapixel (MP) wide-angle camera, the PRO-I’s rear quad-camera system consists of a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 12MP telephoto camera and a 0.3MP depth-sensing camera. Plus, there is a 8MP front-facing camera for your selfie needs.

Not to mention, the PRO-I features a 6.5-inch 4K OLED display. It comes with a refresh rate of 120Hz for smooth video playback. The Android smartphone even includes Dolby Atmos for great audio experience. And it is one of the rare flagship smartphones that still comes with a 3.5mm audio jack.

You can watch and edit footage easily on the Xperia PRO-I. (Photo: Sony)

Powering all that features mentioned above is Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chip with 12GB of system memory. Furthermore, PRO-I comes with 512GB storage and expandable up to 1TB via microSD card.

The Sony Xperia PRO-I is priced at S$2,299 (without contract) and will be available from Dec 9 onwards. You can pre-order the PRO-I here from today till Dec 5 (end date subjected to change). Pre-orders come with free gifts such as a pair of Sony WF-1000XM4 true wireless earbuds.

Trevor Tan

Started out with dreams to become a street photographer, Trevor Tan somehow became a tech journalist with over 16 years of consumer tech experience. Maybe he plays too much video games and buys too many new gadgets.
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