Sony Xperia XA Ultra vs. Tecno Phantom 6 Plus – Where Should You Put Your Money?

Sony Xperia XA Ultra vs TECNO Phantom 6 Plus

Ever since Samsung introduced monster screen sizes with the Galaxy Note series, the big-screen trend on smartphones has become a common thing in many markets across the globe.

In fact, Samsung has been surpassed as the king of phablets – a phone that has a screen size close to that of a tablet, but has more characteristics of the former than the latter – thanks to the emergence of the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo, Sony and now Tecno, among others.

In Kenya, you won’t find so many high-performing phablets in the market, but there’re still a number of decent large-screen phones available via Jumia, the country’s leading online retailer. Talk of the Sony Xperia XA Ultra or Tecno Phantom 6 Plus – two phones with massive 6-inch screens that are just what you need to watch that movie, song or videos on YouTube while on the go.

So, which one between these two is worth your money? Let’s take a closer look.

Design and display screen

Looking at the design of the Sony Xperia XA Ultra and Tecno Phantom 6 Plus, you’ll for sure love them. The Xperia XA Ultra is not very different from other Sony phones, coming in with a metallic body that features a matte-textured back. The Phantom 6 Plus is no different as it features a full metal body that is beautifully finished to give it a premium look.

As noted earlier, the two have really huge display screens. Where the Sony Xperia XA Ultra ships with a 6.0-inch IPS LCD display screen with a 1080p resolution, the Phantom 6 Plus drops a little to 5.95 inches of display but keeps the same 1080p resolution as its counterpart.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra vs TECNO Phantom 6 Plus

Verdict: Draw

Hardware and software specs

Despite sharing a lot on the display screen front, the two are quite different going under the hood. Where you find a MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 processor on the Sony Xperia XA Ultra, the Tecno Phantom 6 Plus has a more powerful processor in the shape of MediaTek Helio X20. The former is an octa-core clocked a speed of 2.0GHz and is paired with 3GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, the latter’s processor is a deca-core chipset with a clock speed of 2.5GHz and is paired with 4GB RAM and four times the storage available on the XA Ultra.

When it comes to the software, the two are also on the same page, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow running the show out of the box. However, while Sony has confirmed that the Xperia XA Ultra will be updated to the latest Android 7.0 Nougat in the coming days, the same cannot be said of the Tecno Phantom 6 Plus. Still, we expect the phone to be updated to this OS, especially since it has capable hardware that can handle the Nougat treat quite comfortably.

Winner: Tecno Phantom 6 Plus

Camera and battery capacity

Whenever we set out to buy a phone, camera and battery capacity/life are always up there on the list. Here, the Phantom 6 Plus carries the day with its monstrous 4050mAh battery that supports fast charging technology via the latest USB Type-C port. On the other hand, the Xperia XA Ultra lags behind with a mere 2700mAh battery unit, which should be a major deal breaker, especially looking at the huge screen size and its 1080p resolution. Furthermore, the Sony phone is still stuck on the older microUSB port, which is slowly being faced out in favor of the faster and more effective USB-C connectivity.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra vs TECNO Phantom 6 Plus

On the camera front, you’ll love what the Sony Xperia XA Ultra phone brings to the fold. Where the main camera comes with a massive 21.5MP lens with an aperture of f/2.2, PDAF, LED flash and 1080p video recording, the front has a powerful 16MP lens with a larger f/2.0 aperture, AF, OIS and LED flash. With these specs, the Xperia XA Ultra is the go-to phone when it comes to selfie lovers.

Still, this doesn’t mean the Tecno Phantom 6 Plus is bad in photography. On the back panel is a similar 21MP sensor made by Sony. Like the XA Ultra, it supports AF, LED flash and 1080p video recording, however, the 8MP selfie shooter is nowhere near what the Sony phablet offers.

Winner: Tecno Phantom 6 Plus

Extra features and pricing

The Tecno Phantom 6 Plus is a high-end phone whereas the Xperia XA Ultra is a midranger. As a result, there are much sweeter extras on the former than the latter. Things like fingerprint and iris scanner, fast battery charging, and sapphire glass lens cover are exclusive to the Phantom 6 Plus. As for the Xperia XA Ultra, the only extras worth mentioning are a scratch-resistant 2.5D glass cover, planned upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat and NFC, the latter of which is useless in the Kenyan market.

As for the pricing, Sony Xperia XA Ultra can be purchased right away at a massive discount, thus meaning you pay ksh 29,999, but the normal price is usually ksh 40,000. As for the Tecno Phantom 6 Plus, you can also get it on a discount where instead of paying the usual ksh 33,000, you only have to part with ksh 28,500.

Sony Xperia XA Ultra vs TECNO Phantom 6 Plus

Winner: Tecno Phantom 6 Plus


The Sony Xperia XA Ultra is without a doubt a great phone and if you are in the market for a selfie-centric phone with prospects of getting an update to Android 7.0 Nougat, this is the phone to target. However, we’ve seen the Tecno Phantom 6 Plus winning most of the head-to-head battles, which makes it the go-to phone at this point in time. It should even get better if the company updates it to the latest Nougat OS, but this we’ll have to confirm and update this article later on.

The Phantom 6 Plus has better hardware specs, more features and is priced a little bit cheaper than the Xperia XA Ultra, which makes it our choice as far your money is concerned. Do you think contrary or agree with us? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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