Lately, Android phablets have been seeing a surge in popularity. We therefore pitted two of the most recently announced Android smartphones: Sony Xperia XA and Xiaomi Mi Max. By the end of this writing, you would get to know which smartphone you should buy.

Design and Build

In terms of this aspect, the Mi Max wins as its main body is made of metal. The Chinese company offers two color options: gold and gray. The Xperia XA Ultra has the classic color options of black and white, combining these two with a glamorous gold.


Xperia XA Ultra sports a 6.0-inch display offering a resolution of 1,080 x 1,920p. Meanwhile, the Mi Max has the same resolution, but it has the larger display at 6.4 inches. However, the pixel rate of the device is 342 ppi, slightly lower than Sony’s device, which scores 367 ppi.

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The display of Mi Max is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, which is scratch resistant, notes Tech Times.


Xperia XA Ultra houses a powerful combo of a 21.5MP sensor at the rear and a 16MP camera at the front, whereas the Mi Max comes with a 16MP rear sensor and a 5MP selfie camera. Of course Sony’s cam rules with features like optical image stabilization.

However, the Mi Max carries dual LED flash while the Xperia XA Ultra relies on simple flash. The widest variety of shooting modes is offered by Xiaomi’s phablet, which includes burst mode, HDR, Panorama and Effects. Sony also allows you to capture Panoramas.

Processing Power, Storage, Battery

Both handsets sport eight-core CPUs. Mi Max is powered by Snapdragon 652 while Xperia XA Ultra by MediaTek Helio P10. As much as 4GB of RAM is included in the Mi Max while the Xperia XA Ultra has 3GB.

Mi Max again outclasses Xperia XA Ultra in the storage and battery capacity round with 4, 850 mAh battery. It possesses 128GB as default storage space.

Features and Connectivity

Mi Max arrives with a fingerprint sensor, but no such a security feature exists in the Xperia XA Ultra. Do note that both phablets are equipped with light and proximity sensors.

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Other connectivity options like Bluetooth and WiFi are available in Sony’s device but the Mi Max is capable of offering a mobile hotspot. LTE and nano SIM card support are included in both handsets.


Both smartphones run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and Xiaomi has recently rolled out its new MIUI 8 UI over the Google OS, as per GSM Arena.