Xiaomi, the company behind the most successful Mi phones has a new sub-company dedicated for mobile gaming, meet the new Black Shark gaming smartphone. Aimed to directly compete with the game-centric smartphone devices from Razer and with the upcoming similar device from Nubia.
The new Black Shark smartphone comes is built on aluminum body with a unique and explicit X-shape design on the back not just for the looks but for ergonomics and easy grip. At the center is the “neon green-colored S” Black Shark logo which reminds us of the Razer phone.
On the front is a large 6-inch 18:9 Aspect ratio display with a full-HD+ 2160 x 1080 resolutions, this translates to 403 ppi which is unfortunately a sub par on Razer’s high-res 515ppi.
In terms of processing power, the new Black Shark smartphone gets the upper hand as it uses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with 8-core processors that tops at 2.8GHz. This is supported by the following configurations: 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB of RAM and storage combos.
For imaging, the handset features 3 cameras with two of them being at the back which includes a 12 Megapixel primary and a 20 Megapixel secondary sensor. This is then accompanied by a dual-tone LED flash with what the company call “Dark Light Enhancement Technology” which is said to improved captured images from low-lighting conditions.
Finishing off its camera experience is a 20 Megapixel front shooter which should be able to handle anything Selfie that you could throw at it.
For the end users, one primary concern on gaming handsets is heating issues and Black Shark get away with it with a special cooling system which is expected to lower the device temperature at around 8 degrees down on continuous play. Another thing to note is the battery consumption on the handset and the company also addressed this issue by equipping the Black Shark smartphone with a large 4000 mAh embedded battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support, however keep in mind that it doesn’t come with wireless charging tech and though that’s something to be missed but quick charge should do.
Now that the handset has a large display, large battery and a special cooling system, something that sums up everything is a good audio experience and the Black Shark smartphone could easily deliver that engaging experience thanks to its stereo speakers. One thing that’s missing though and that’s the headphone jack, so like all other flagship devices out there, the Black Shark smartphone may resort to USB-C headphones.
The handset will be running Android 8.1 Oreo on day one but that’s underneath a customized user interface known as JOY UI and comes with a special physical button that activates performance mode on the for the ultimate mobile gaming experience. Further, the Black Shark smartphone includes a fingerprint sensor on the front which doubles as a home button.
As of now, the handset is only available in China with pre-order starting today up until April 20th at JD.com. The device has two color options which includes Polar Night and Sky Gray. As for the pricing, the 6GB/64GB version retails at 2,999 RMB while the high spec’d unit with 8GB/128GB configuration costs 3,499 RMB.
Black Shark is also releasing a dedicated gamepad accessory for only 179 RMB and features an analog joystick and extra buttons to make gaming a breeze.