The Black Shark gaming phone, which is backed by Xiaomi, has appeared online in a new sketch. The Xiaomi-backed OEM has already confirmed that its new gaming smartphone will be launching next Friday, April 13, and now, due to a new sketch, a few of the design elements have been confirmed by the company.
As can be seen in the image, the Black Shark Phone looks set to take on the shape of an X with the top and bottom sides of the device being much more angular than traditional smartphones. In fact, a total of eight sides are featured on the device’s frame. Because of this, the company chose to include the antenna bands on both the top and bottom corners, meaning four antenna bands will be included - the Chinese OEM’s device is the first to feature this antenna layout. Beginning clockwise, the top-left corner will be dedicated to the GPS and Wi-Fi antennas, while the right side will be reserved for LTE. Moving on to the bottom, the right-sided antenna will be for Wi-Fi MIMO, and the left module will once again be dedicated to LTE. Now, although this is only a sketch, Black Shark itself later confirmed the accuracy of it, stating that the layout should help improve signal reception even when a user is gripping the device.
Regarding other details, the Black Shark phone has so far been confirmed to ship with Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 845 chip, while this is also set to be accompanied by 8GB of RAM, although a 6GB variant has also been rumored to be in the works. In addition to all of this, 32GB of internal storage was recently spotted on an AnTuTu listing, while the display will feature an 18:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels.
On a software note, Android 8.1 Oreo is expected to ship straight out of the box with a number of MIUI features also set to be included. Unfortunately, in terms of pricing, nothing has been confirmed by the Xiaomi-backed company, although it is expected to compete with last year’s Razer Phone. Nevertheless, it has been announced that JD.com will serve as the official online retailer for Black Shark devices over the next three years.