The Sony Xperia Pro. Why is this $2,500? [credit: Sony ]
We've seen smartphones with stratospheric price tags before, but usually, there is something special about them. Phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X are anywhere from $2000-$2,600, but those were first-gen foldable smartphones with brand-new display technology. Sony's latest entry into the smartphone market, the Sony Xperia Pro, is a boring old slab phone that seems utterly forgettable until you look at the price: an astounding $2500, or the price of three brand-new, $800 Samsung Galaxy S21s. Sony has really outdone themselves.
Mostly the Xperia Pro seems a lot like the Xperia 1 II, Sony's already-overpriced $1300 flagship smartphone from 2020. Both have 6.5-inch, almost-4K, 3840×1644, 60Hz OLED displays, the Snapdragon 865 SoC, three rear cameras, an IP65 rating, and a 4000mAh battery. This year's Xperia Pro gets a tier bump to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, but that's only usually worth $100 extra. There's also mmWave 5G this year, and two "app shortcut" buttons on the side, along with a shutter button. Fancy.
None of that explains why this phone is at least $1000 more than it should be. Sony's justification for the outrageous price is (drumroll please), an HDMI port. Yes, in addition to the USB-C port on the bottom, there is also a Micro HDMI port that can be used as a video input. Sony suggests either hooking the phone up to a Sony Alpha camera and using it as a live video monitor or pushing an external video source out to the internet for live streaming. Just this one feature and the camera-adjacentness is worth $1000 extra by Sony's logic.