Sony Xperia PRO-I 512GB 5G Smartphone (Unlocked, Frosted Black)

Sony Xperia PRO-I 512GB 5G Smartphone (Unlocked, Frosted Black)
Key Features
  • GSM / 4G LTE + 5G Sub-6 Compatible
  • North American Variant
  • 12MP 24mm Wide with 1" Exmor RS CMOS
  • Dual f/2.0 & f/4.0 Apertures
Combining truly professional camera hardware with a "go-anywhere" vlog-friendly form factor, the Sony Xperia PRO-I 512GB 5G Smartphone is the answer to elevating your mobile content creation to the next level. The "I" in "PRO-I" stands for "Imaging," which the Xperia PRO-I delivers in abundance. The star of the PRO-I experience is a 24mm wide-angle camera with a large 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor, which incorporates a real iris for dual f/2.0 and f/4.0 apertures and a sharp ZEISS Tessar T* lens made from high-index aspherical optical glass.
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Sony Xperia PRO-I Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2GSM/4G LTE + 5G Wireless Connectivity
  • 3North American Variant / US Compatible 5G
  • 4Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)
  • 5Android 11
  • 6External Monitor
  • 7Additional Photo Features
  • 8Additional Video Features
  • 9Gaming Features
  • 10Display Features
  • 11Additional Features

Combining truly professional camera hardware with a "go-anywhere" vlog-friendly form factor, the Sony Xperia PRO-I 512GB 5G Smartphone is the answer to elevating your mobile content creation to the next level. The "I" in "PRO-I" stands for "Imaging," which the Xperia PRO-I delivers in abundance. The star of the PRO-I experience is a 24mm wide-angle camera with a large 1" Exmor RS CMOS sensor, which incorporates a real iris for dual f/2.0 and f/4.0 apertures and a sharp ZEISS Tessar T* lens made from high-index aspherical optical glass.

Capture crisp, detailed stills with naturally rendered bokeh and exposure control, and record cinematic videos that can be saved natively to memory in 4K at up to 120 fps. Videos of fast-moving subjects are possible thanks to Video Eye AF and object tracking, also at 4K/120p. These are just some features of a triple-camera array that also includes a 3D iTOF depth sensor, a 16mm ultrawide, and a 50mm standard lens. All three lenses offer 12MP resolution and large pixels for exceptional low-light performance.

To further ensure that what you shoot is of extremely high quality, Sony incorporates a BIONZ X processor for dedicated image and video processing. This adds improved noise reduction in any shooting mode and real-time 12-bit raw processing at up to 24 fps. These are just some of the PRO-I's imaging capabilities, which are mirrored by robust hi-end smartphone functionality. Mobile features include a large 6.5" 4K HDR OLED screen for immersive gaming and video streaming, 5G network connectivity for fast broadcasting of content on location, and support for both Hi-Res Audio and Dolby Atmos audio formats for even more realism.

GSM/4G LTE + 5G Wireless Connectivity
This phone is designed to work on select GSM & 5G (Sub-6) networks. 5G is a cellular network data protocol capable of extremely fast data speeds that rival, or surpass, that of wired broadband internet providers. 5G speeds can vary considerably based on location, but on average, should have no problem streaming 4K video. As 5G upgrades over time, mobile AR and VR applications could become possible. The phone is backward compatible with 4G LTE, 3G, and 2G data for locations that do not support 5G.
North American Variant / US Compatible 5G
The Xperia PRO-I is a North American variant. It may be used in other parts of the world; however, 5G access may be limited or unsupported, depending on the network. Please choose your country/carrier above to confirm the network compatibility of this phone.
Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS)
Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) allows you to lower your mobile costs when traveling while staying connected. Once your SIM cards are installed, you will be able to receive phone calls and text messages from either without needing to manually choose which one is active. When you want to make a call or send an SMS message, you can select the correct SIM card. When one SIM card is being used for a phone call, the other will not be active until you hang up. Operator charges may apply.
Android 11
This phone runs Google's Android 11 operating system, which gives you access to the millions of available apps in the Google Play Store, in addition to a host of built-in capabilities. These capabilities consist of an array of new and updated features that are meant to enhance your mobile experience. Below is a small list of highlights that you can enjoy with the release of Android 11.

  • Conversations: Pull down on your screen to manage ongoing conversations from multiple message apps. If there's someone you speak to often, you can prioritize them to show on your lock screen.
  • Bubbles: Continue to use your phone while popping in and out of ongoing chats. A chat bubble floats above your apps and contains pinned conversations you can access with a tap.
  • Screen Recording: Without needing an extra app, you can use this feature to record your screen with or without audio or showing touches you make on the screen.
  • Control Smart Devices: With a long press of the power button, you can see and manage all of your home's connected devices in one place.
  • App Permissions: Pop-ups give you the ability to grant apps one-time permission to specific information and functions. You can also have permission settings auto-reset for unused apps to keep your data secure.
External Monitor
When attached to your camera and used as an external monitor, the Xperia PRO-I offers a host of additional capabilities. You can livestream what your camera sees online, use Wave Form to check the exposure and RGB balance, and use False Color to assist with iris setting selections by ensuring the details for exposure are more noticeable. You also get a trigger function for recording and stopping via a USB Type-C cable, and on-screen statuses that include whether you're recording or not, shutter speed, f-stop, ISO, and EV.
Additional Photo Features
Anti-reflective coatings on all lens surfaces
Rapid focusing in all lighting conditions with the help of the 3D iTOF sensor
315 AF points at 90% viewfinder coverage for fast and accurate focusing
Continuous shooting at 60 fps
Burst shooting up to 20 fps with AF/AE tracking
Anti-distortion shutter for capturing high-speed moving subjects
AI-enhanced super resolution zoom
Selfie Camera Features: HDR photos, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization), portrait selfie, display flash, and hand gesture
Additional Video Features
Optical SteadyShot with FlawlessEye for stable and shake-free videos, even in low light
Video Pro app with a dedicated UI for quick sharing of content on location
Stereo microphones and a mono mic near the main camera for capturing clear speech in videos
Gaming Features
Game Enhancer
Fast 240 Hz touch scanning rate
Internal structure made for fast heat dissipation
PS Remote Play
Compatible with DUALSHOCK 4 controllers
Display Features
Creator mode "powered by CineAlta"
DCI-P3 100%
ITU-R BT.2020 (REC.2020)
Illuminant D65 White point
10-bit tonal gradation
X1 for mobile
Multi-window switch
One hand mode
Additional Features
Dedicated physical shutter button
Dedicated shortcut key that can be configured to open any app
Support for 360 Reality Audio, Hi-Res Audio, Hi-Res Wireless Audio, Dolby Atmos, and LDAC/DSEE
Integrated 3.5mm headphone jack
USB 3.2 Gen 2 Transfer for fast data transfer
Powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset
4500mAh with rapid charging and STAMINA mode
Adaptive charging helps extend battery life up to 3 years
Built-in strap hole
UPC: 095673870227

Sony Xperia PRO-I Specs

Operating SystemAndroid 11
Memory12 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888
CPU2.84 GHz Kryo 680 Single-Core
GPUAdreno 660
Storage Capacity512 GB
Native Resolution3840 x 1644
Refresh Rate120 Hz (at Max Brightness)
Display Colors1.0 Billion
Aspect Ratio21:9
Pixel Density643 ppi
Panel TypeOLED
Screen CoatingGorilla Glass Victus
Input/Output Connectors
Ports1 x USB Type-C (USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone/Microphone
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC [1 TB Maximum]
SIM Card Slots1 x Nano SIM
1 x Nano SIM
GSM 2GGSM, GPRS, EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
GSM 3G/3.5GHSPA+: 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz
4G LTELTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 48, 66, 71 Bands
5G NRn1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78 Bands
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6 (802.11ax); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2 + LE 
FM RadioNo
Camera System
Camera SystemRear
Wide: 12 MP 1"-Type Sensor (2.4 µm Pixels) with a 24mm f/2.0 to 4.0 Lens (85° FoV)
Ultra Wide: 12 MP 1/2.5"-Type Sensor (1.4 µm Pixels) with a 16mm f/2.2 Lens (124° FoV)
Standard: 12 MP 1/2.9"-Type Sensor (1.2 µm Pixels) with a 50mm f/2.4 Lens (48° FoV)
Standard: 8 MP 1/4"-Type Sensor (1.12 µm Pixels) with a f/2.0 Lens (78° FoV)
Focus TypeRear Ultra Wide/Wide/Telephoto: Phase-Detect Autofocus
Computational PhotographyMulti-Frame Depth-of-Field Control (Portrait Mode)

Multi-Frame Dynamic Range Enhancement (HDR)
Video RecordingRear
1080p at up to 60 fps (240 fps in Slow-Mo Mode)
UHD 4K at up to 60 fps (120 fps in Slow-Mo Mode)
1080p at up to 30 fps
Biometric AuthenticationFingerprint (Side)
SensorsAccelerometer, Barometer (Altimeter), Compass, Fingerprint, Gyroscope, Proximity
Water ResistanceSubmersible
IP RatingIP68
Pointing DeviceNone
BatteryInternal Lithium-Ion (4500.0 mAh)
Fast Charging TechnologyUSB Power Delivery up to 30 W
Wireless ChargingNone
Dimensions (W x H x D)2.8 x 6.5 x 0.4" / 72.0 x 166.0 x 8.9 mm
Weight7.4 oz / 211 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.955 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.5 x 3.6 x 2.2"

Sony Xperia PRO-I Reviews

A camera that can call

By Jean-Michel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-06

Love it, photo capabilities are just amazing.

Great phone

By Ming
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-02

It took me a while to get used to Sony's UI. The cameras were great on this phone. The pics are sharper than Huawei P30 Pro. But there's no screen capture shortcut. You have to make it mulit-task screen first, then click capture screen. Not convenient at all. No data download/upload status on the top as well. People buy this phone mostly for camera only. And I prefer on screen finger scan instead of side button. But Sony obvious preferred the side button.

Terrific Camera/Phone

By Christopher
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-04

I am really happy Sony is moving in this direction. I have thoroughly enjoyed taking photos and videos with this phone. The 24 mm lens with large sensor is fantastic. The RAW photos are a bit green/yellow when shooting indoors, but easy to correct in Lightroom. The phone is fast and responds well. The battery could be much better, though. If taking a lot of photos/video, the battery drains fast. Overall, though, a great phone and an even better direction Sony is taking in this.

Excellent hardware but

By Xiaokang
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-01

The high end hardware is great. But the software is terrible. I think it's an camera with phone function.

Best Android Camera

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-23

Sony has put the best image sensor (although cropped from full size) and manual camera / video control into a smartphone. If you're a camera power user and are familiar with alpha cameras then this is the phone to get. Build quality The glass back and front and metal frame feel premium and is grippy. You get to keep your sd cards and headphone jack. Manual video and camera shutter button with integrated lanyard loop into the frame. Screen quality Very nice. Not the brightest but amazing clarity. But beware not nearly everything will run in 4K. Operating system Very vanilla android experience. You either love it or hate it.

Best Smart Camera phone ever

By Calvin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-20

You can feel the quality of this phone when it's in your hand, then the pictures and videos when you start shooting with it, just as easy and familiar as my Sony RX 100 VI Camera but plus a smart phone. No problem connecting to AT&T 5G through Cell Booster they provided for free (got to have a new AT&T 5G Sim card, it's also free) , always get 5 bar LTE signal at home within 3000 Sq.feet. If you already have Sony TV,Lap top.. got to have this phone to make your system complete. Nice.

40 days old and it is a hot plate not a phone.

By DerrickLogan
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-03

Although I could cook with it camping; the phone doesn't work the camera overheats in minutes, it gets to hot to handle or talk on during calls, the screen freeze and you have to wait for it to die before you can restart, camera comes on and phone gets extremely hot in my pocket. All in all this is absolutely garbage with a fancy camera you can't use without welding gloves.

It's just OK.

By mike
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-14

I bought the Xperia Pro I thinking this would be the greatest phone ever and have some serious regrets. Based on the specs and camera alone its was really appealing to me. I mean a headphone jack, expandable storage and 4k resolution screen it was a must have for me. My regrets started soon after I received the phone some of the essential apps I use were not available for the Xperia Pro I. I have type 2 diabetes and needed a continuous blood glucose monitor app and I was disappointed to find it was not supported. The screen itself is OLED and gorgeous but smaller than I am used to, difficult to type on and almost useless in direct sunlight at max brightness. Watching videos and reviewing photos on this screen is a bit of a bummer because of the size of the screen. If you prefer the slim aspect ratio this might be for you but for me I regret it. 4k resolution of the screen was a selling point as well but I cant tell the difference from my old phone. It isn't noticeable on a screen this size I suspect. Finding a case for it was a challenge. I am a photographer and was extremely excited about the specs of the cameras and had high hopes for being able to leave my main cameras at home for travels. This was not the case for me. They are just OK. I have taken some great photos with it both jpegs and raw but they are anything but mind blowing. The camera tech alone was the main selling point for me and to me they are not outstanding in any way. Yes they are better than the Samsung S20 ultra I had been using simply for the fact of using less computational enhancements but cannot compete with my very old Lumix GX85 16mp micro 4/3 camera. I prefer to use light room as little as possible when reviewing and editing photos and with the Xperia Pro I I found myself needing to edit almost all the photos taken. I don't hate the cameras but for the extremely premium price I paid for the phone, I have to say I am disappointed. I am a cell phone junky and have to have the latest and greatest tech phones can offer and was hooked by the the specs of this phone. I figured with camera quality I would be needing the expandable storage because I would be snapping away but that's not been the case. For the price I paid for this phone I am filled with feelings of regret, It's just OK.

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Does this phone not allow for any kind of ...

Does this phone not allow for any kind of wireless charging?
Asked by: Jorge
No. This Sony Xperia PRO-I 512GB 5G Smartphone (Unlocked, Frosted Black), would not have Wireless charging.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2021-11-08

Obviously this is based on the individual, but ...

Obviously this is based on the individual, but I'm wondering if this would be worth it just as a camera device and Wifi (that is, no phone connectivity). Thoughts? Would anyone get it just as a camera?
Asked by: Sam
That's exactly how I'm planning to use it. I tried using it as a phone, and it's horrible for many reasons (see my review). But I do like the SD card slot and 3.5" mm phone jack. Camera is questionable as the 1" sensor isn't really getting used (only a portion of the sensor is used). But I think I will keep it as a multi-media device with somewhat decent camera capability. I'll try using it as a camera monitor for my several Sony Alpha cameras. It's a bit expensive as such a toy, but I can afford it and will probably keep it. As far as the full phone + camera solution, I just purchased Galaxy S22 Ultra.
Answered by: Alexander
Date published: 2022-08-31

Minimum focusing distance/maximum magnification ...

Minimum focusing distance/maximum magnification with the 50mm lens = ?
Asked by: Dave
It's possible to digitally zoom in with any of those lenses, up to a maximum of 150mm using the 50mm lens. It's minimum focus distance is approximately 10cm.
Answered by: Luiz O
Date published: 2022-01-25

what is your operating system?

what is your operating system?
Asked by: Maicoll
This comes with Android 11 pre-loaded.
Answered by: Nilson D
Date published: 2021-11-16

Can the US carrier compatibility chart possibly ...

Can the US carrier compatibility chart possibly be right: that this phone does not work in 4G LTE or 5G with US carriers???
Asked by: Andrew
At this time the Sony Xperia PRO-I 512GB 5G Smartphone (Unlocked, Frosted Black) list of compatible carriers and networks is up to date,
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2022-01-04

Does the phone have eSIM capability?

Does the phone have eSIM capability?
Asked by: J A
The Sony Xperia PRO-I 512GB 5G Smartphone can accept 2 nano sim cards but there is no eSim feature.
Answered by: Geoffrey
Date published: 2022-05-10

Does it work on 5G networks in Saudi Arabia?

Does it work on 5G networks in Saudi Arabia?
Asked by: Zaid
No. This is only compatible with the 2G and 3G networks on the following carriers in Saudi Arabia Mobily STC Zain
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2021-11-02

Is it waterproof or resistant?

Is it waterproof or resistant?
Asked by: Katie
The Sony Xperia PRO-I 512GB 5G Smartphone is rated IP68 which means it can be submerged in water up to 1.5m deep for about 30 minutes.
Answered by: Geoffrey
Date published: 2022-09-01
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