Sony Xperia Pro-I disassembled on video

The Sony Xperia Pro-I is one of the more interesting devices to come out in 2021. It is a semi-pro device that is seemingly based on the Xperia 1 III, but with a different camera module. A disassembly video proves this is not the case as the Pro-I has a completely different motherboard from the one used in the Mark III.

For example, the charger port attaches to the motherboard via a flex cable. That makes it easier to swap out than soldered USB-C ports, the problem is that you have to remove many components before you have access to the port and its cable. Changing the screen is a pain too – you have to remove the motherboard, the speaker assembly, vibration motor and a few other bits and pieces before you can get to the screen’s flex cable.

After having taken the Sony Xperia Pro-I completely, PBKreviews gave the phone a repairability score of 3/10. The Xperia 1 III got a much better mark, 6/10. If you have a Pro-I you better be careful with it, repairs are tricky.