Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone official: Snapdragon 845, liquid cooling system

Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone official: Snapdragon 845, liquid cooling system
The Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone is official, aiming to give the Razer Phone a run for its money. Black Shark is technically an independent company, but thanks to a large investment from Xiaomi, both companies are now hoping to compete directly with both Razer and Nubia, the latter of which is expected to announce its own gaming smartphone next week.
A unique design and powerful internals

The overall shape of the Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone is pretty rounded, with the front panel being dominated by a large, 6-inch, 18:9 display complete with a 2160x1080 (FHD+) resolution and a pixel density of 403PPI. This, unfortunately, lacks in comparison to the Razer Phone, which sports a much higher pixel density of 515PPI. Nevertheless, Xiaomi’s alternative one-up’s Razer’s device by boasting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 on the inside, which is clocked at the high speed of 2.8GHz. In addition, variants with both 6GB and 8GB of RAM will be on offer, with the former boasting 64GB of internal storage, and the latter offering 128GB.

Moving back to the Black Shark gaming phone’s design, the overall body is constructed out of aluminum, with the rear panel presenting a unique X-shaped look which is aimed at providing an increased grip. Also dominating the panel is a large Black Shark logo which is present in a neon green color, similar to that of the Razer logo. In addition to all of this, a dual-camera setup is also featured, consisting of a main 12-megapixel sensor and a secondary 20-megapixel lens, both of which are accompanied by a dual-tone LED flash and support what the company is calling “Dark Light Enhancement Technology,” which should improve low-light shots. Coupled with all of this is also a front-facing 20-megapixel camera.
Feature-packed entertainment package

Aiming to improve the gaming experience, the Xiaomi Black Shark has also been equipped with a liquid cooling system, which should help keep temperatures down even when owners of the device are in the middle of playing a game. Also, further enhancing the experience will be a dual-speaker setup coupled with a high-quality microphone. Furthermore, guaranteeing that the games will not be cut short, a 4,000mAh battery pack has been included on the inside along with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 tech. Unfortunately, Black Shark has confirmed that wireless charging is not supported.

Rounding off the new smartphone will be Android 8.1 Oreo straight out of the box, although a customized overlay is also included. Furthermore, a performance mode can also be activated at any time via the dedicated button on the side of the smartphone. Speaking of buttons, the Razer Phone competitor doesn’t use on-screen ones. Instead, the front-facing fingerprint scanner doubles as a home button, and capacitive keys can be found on either side.
China-exclusive, for now

Regarding pricing and release, the Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone will currently be sold exclusively in China, although if popular, it could eventually make its way to other markets. In any case, the device will be available in Polar Night and Sky Gray color options, while pricing starts at 2,999 Yuan ($477) for the 6GB of RAM variant and tops out at 3,499 Yuan ($557) for the 8GB of RAM device. Lastly, gamers will also be able to get their hands on a dedicated gamepad for the device that adds an analog stick and extra buttons to the device for 179 Yuan, or the equivalent of $29.


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33 Comments

1. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Just gimmick...

3. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

What about it is a gimmick?

5. RKNY2203

Posts: 16; Member since: Jul 03, 2016

Just updated Mi Note 3

6. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

It's far from the Mi Note 3

28. chenski

Posts: 785; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

You don't need 120hz refresh rates and powerful gpu to have a great gaming experience. I can connect my mate 10 via hdmi to TV and play 3d games on it and wont feel much different from ps or xbox

33. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

Maybe PS1 and Xbox1

2. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Wow. It’s worth it!

11. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Worth it? This is one of the stupidest things I've ever seen on the web. No matter what they tried to cover their mess, they can't just hide such a bad failed idea to be honest. This crap (I won't call it a phone cos it doesn't even look like one) is going to flop so badly like the Sony's gaming phone. They just simply didn't figure it out yet?

12. Subie

Posts: 2430; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

We all know that everything you just said - would be the exact opposite if this was a new Samsung device.

14. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Nah Samsung is a clever company and it won't produce such a useless device. Just a Galaxy line products it can play all roles in any segments.

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You need some counseling.

23. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 930; Member since: May 07, 2014

Common, don't act like iSheeps.

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

no one is safe from chinese competition... this is a fresh look as far as design, very nice and different

7. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Dont say the speaker is beside usb. Because it is the worst place ever. Even worse on a gaming phone...

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Wonder if it has 120Hz refresh rate for the screen?

9. dazed1

Posts: 808; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

FACEPALM

10. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

while i don't like the Razer-color-scheme. putting a proper cooling solution in a gaming oriented device is a great start.

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Razer phone had a vapor chamber if I am correct.

13. Metalspy8

Posts: 148; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

no front facing speaker?

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I was expecting some more gaming centric features. Along with a 4500mah battery atleast. Because that chipset and heavy games would eat up 4000 mah. And why no Xperia Play-like slide-out pad? And who could forget a 120Hz display? Still. I am somewhat satisfied with the phone.

18. BlueVisionist

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

Or just get a nintendo switch...

19. skips

Posts: 489; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

oh dear lord and i thought gaming laptops were ugly.

20. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 742; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

No microSD card slot. Not even an amoled display No wireless charging No dual front facing speakers Not even a 120hz display Worst storage space to be offered to the user. Who the heck would buy this thing?

21. LRSousa

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Finally something that's not just boring glass back!

22. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Looks pretty solid. At that price point it will sell. It's in one plus territory.

24. neptune.joel

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 12, 2011

A device like this should at least have L+R triggers that you can mapp.

25. KingSam

Posts: 1505; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Controller grip....A proper one at that. And why whine about 1080p it's a gaming phone. Higher frame rates are always preferred. Snapdragon 845 in a 1080p display is amazing. Just look at the xz2 graphics scores.

27. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Razer also has higher refresh rate at 120Hz.

26. Sora77

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

What kind of people would buy this over PlayStation, XBox, Switch or PC? idiots.

30. skips

Posts: 489; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

people who are looking for a new phone you idiot

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