These are two dual SIM smartphones supporting turbo charging technology, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a phablet released in February and has a mid-range processor, while the Sony Xperia XA Dual was announced in February and it finally arrived this month, with superior hardware specs. However, the Xperia XA Dual doesn’t win the battle just because it has a faster processor.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 – Pros and Cons
This phablet is a mid-ranger with a metallic body and a fingerprint scanner on its back. It looks pretty awesome and it’s not very thick either, as it measures 8.7mm. Its display has a generous surface of 5.5-inch, but the resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels and this results in a pixel density of 403 ppi. The device came pre-loaded with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and it’s not sure when it will receive the latest software, but its performance is decent, and the processor does a good job. Inside, it features a Qualcomm MSM8956 Snapdragon 650 chipset with a hexa core processor (quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 and dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72) that’s backed by an Adreno 510 GPU and 2GB of RAM, but for the variant with 16GB of internal storage, or 3GB of RAM with double storage.
If last year, 128GB was the maximum supported external memory added via a microSD card, this year, manufacturers have managed to increase the capacity up to 256GB. The Redmi Note 3 has a great rear camera of 16MP with an aperture of f/2.0, and it offers features such as phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash, while the secondary camera is 5MP. The battery is very large, with a capacity of 4000mAh, but it’s not removable.
Sony Xperia XA Dual – Pros And Cons
The device is much smaller, featuring a 5-inch screen with a lower resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels at 294 ppi, and its fingerprint scanner is hidden inside a button that sites on the right side, where you can also find the power and volume buttons. The device has a thickness of 7.9mm, a plastic back and a metal frame, and the screen is protected with a scratch-resistant glass. The advantage of the phone is that it runs on the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS, it has a more powerful processor: Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53, but it’s backed by 2GB of RAM.
There’s only one variant of internal memory of 16GB, expandable up to 256GB and while the rear camera has a lower resolution of 13MP, the one on the front is more advanced, as it supports 8MP. The battery, on the other hand, is very small, having a capacity of 2300mAh.