Mysterious gaming smartphone by Xiaomi dominates AnTuTu benchmark, beware Razer?

Mysterious gaming smartphone by Xiaomi dominates AnTuTu benchmark, beware Razer?
Although it's too early to announce that we are entering into a golden era for gaming smartphones, there seem to be a lot of traction going on in this niche segment. Razer with its Razer Phone was the latest to send the largest ripples that now echo all the way to mainland China, where local superstar Xiaomi could be prepping an answer to Razer. 

A recent listing on the popular benchmark AnTuTu reveals an alleged Xiaomi device codenamed "Blackshark" scoring the number-crunching score of 270,680 points, which is more than 100,000 more than what the Razer Phone achieved. It's also one of the highest scores on the synthetic benchmark so far, sweeping past the Galaxy S9 by a few thousand points.

The "Blackshark" lays out its pitch for a powerful gaming smartphone by having all the the appropriate hardware for the demanding job - endowed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630, 8GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Android 8.0 Oreo running all the show, the Blackshark seems to be having just the right tools for the job.

What's more, it seems to have a 18:9 display with a 2,160 by 1,080 pixels on deck, hinting that the phone will boast a modern design.

What lends a little more credibility to this rumored device is the fact that Xiaomi itself launched Black Shark, a daughter company that focuses on mobile gaming. 

It seems that this device could be a prototype showcasing the purported might of the so-called above-benchmarked gaming smartphone.

As usual, there is the disclaimer that you should take this rumor with a grain of salt and always question what you see. With that said, a new entrant on the fledgling gaming smartphone market would be welcome, though knowing Xiaomi and its sub brands, such a device would probably have a hard time making its way to the West.

source: Weibo via NDTV



1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

If this is gaming oriented why only 32gb??? Should have 128 as the base storage.

2. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

And still Android Oreo 8.0? Why OEM’s didn’t go with 8.1 instated of 8.0 yeah there’s no different, but the latest version of Android.

6. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

When most of the Xiaomi devices are running Marshmallow and Nougat, you can't expect them to launch one with the latest version.

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Wrong, all 2-years old xiaomis (even low-end) already got nougat, and most of it already have beta program for oreo.. (and even if xiaomi didn't give the newest OS, lineage still an option)

3. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

it is lab testing device. not a real brick phone.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm not a gamer, but I think, instead of using SD845, why not just use SD636 + heat pipes + huge battery, so user can play games all day with this.. SD636 is good enough to run all game titles at maximum FPS cap (even better if it use removable battery, and they include 2nd battery plus external battery charger inside box)

7. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

GPU is weak.

10. crzykiller33

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

What kinda crack are you smoking to think the SD636 can run all games at Max FPS. The Snapdragon 820 can't handle Shadowgun Legends at 1080p at 60fps at all not to mention the recent battle royale games that are very demanding. I could name countless games where you'd need a S835 to have a constant 60fps at 1080p.

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I used to work in a mail room in my 20s. It wasn't a big building and it was relatively over staffed so we had lots of free time. And to kill it, my mates managed to smuggle a Playstation in the office! And I was absolutely blown away by the sheer graphics of this thing as thr only prior gaming experience I had was Mario and King of Fighters 98 which I used to play in an arcade. And Thr Playstation ran on what? 480p at 30FPS give or take? And now, people want to play 1080p video games on their bloody phones! Ah! Kids these days! G'Day!

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3133; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

You can turn down the graphic for better frame-rate, and even if you can play in ultra with SD835, it stil get overheat really fast. (and FPS-games control are suck in smartphone, real gamers will use PC for FPS-games)

12. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

R u talking about they redmi note 5 pro?

5. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I don't consider Razer or any phone a 'gaming phone' unless it has a slide out controller like that one xperia back in the day. Seriously how is it a gaming phone vs any other phone? Cuz the screen refreshes slightly faster? Lol.

9. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The big test is how it runs emulators. The Note 8 runs dolphin wii games with quite a bit of lag, so we'll see how the 845 fares.

8. matix73

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

You are aware that AnTuTu recently changed its benchmark? The score is higher because the way phones score points is different. It's not a difference of 100,000 points.

11. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

If it ain't 16:9...hell it would never be a gaming phone...after nearly a year of 18:9 devices, I still see black bars everywhere...And emulators usually display content in 16:9...

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