Sony has unveiled the Xperia 1 Professional Edition phone in Japan today. This handset is a souped-up version of the already present flagship Xperia 1 model, well kind of. That’s because most of the hardware of the Xperia 1 is carried forward to the Professional Edition, but it has a handful of features not to be found on the standard model. The Xperia 1 Professional Edition will cost 143,000 Yen which translates to around Rs 94,000. This is quite a premium even over the regular Xperia 1.
The new features that buyers will get are three exactly, according to the official company’s website. The first one is a 4K display that comes ready with HDR standard, BT2020 color gamut, and a 10bit signal support. The colours on the display can be adjusted to each individual’s tastes, says the company. Also, in collaboration with Sony Alpha, the Xperia 1 Professional Edition comes with “Imaging Edge Mobile” Transfer and Tagging add-on. Imaging Edge Mobile is an app that is found on Sony cameras to help improve photo quality. And lastly, the handset can be hooked to a LAN connection via USB Type-C. However, the USB Type-C to wired LAN conversion cable is sold separately.
Apart from that, you get the same hardware essentially. The handset rocks a Snapdragon 855 SoC along with a 21:9 aspect ratio 4K display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. It has triple 12MP sensors at the back and an 8MP selfie sensor. The primary lens is a wide-angle (f/1.6), a secondary ultra-wide (f/2.4), and a telephoto with 2x optical zoom and PDAF. The package is rounded off with a 3,300mAh battery with 18W fast charging capabilities.
The Xperia 1 also rocks stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos sound and IP68 ratings which is expected considering the super-premium prices. The handset will be on sale starting 25th of this month.