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Sony Xperia Pro – finally a phone that you can use as an external monitor



Along with Alpha 1, Sony has also announced the Xperia Pro, which they claim is the world’s first smartphone with a dedicated HDMI input.

HDMI input

It is something people have wanted to see for a long time, and finally we have a phone with HDMI input. If only Apple would do this with their phones. Being able to use a smartphone as a screen makes a lot of sense. Yes, you have been able to monitor images before on a smartphone, but only wirelessly or through a myriad of conversion boxes.

Having a wired solution makes a lot of sense, as most modern smartphones have very bright and color-accurate screens. This makes them very suitable for use with smaller cameras.

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We first saw this demonstrated at IBC 2019 where Sony showed an Xperia 1 connected directly to a Sony VENICE.

Having an HDMI input allows users to improve their workflow by connecting the phone to a Sony Alpha camera or any other HDMI device. Not only does this allow you to use the Xperia Pro as a monitor, but it also allows you to enable a 5G data link so you can broadcast video in real time. To do this, you must have a compatible third-party live broadcast program.

Xperia PRO’s high-quality 6.5-inch 4K OLED display lets you monitor photos via the pre-installed External monitor host application software.