Xiaomi’s Black Shark gaming smartphone sports Snapdragon 845, liquid cooling
The xiaomi-backed gaming company, Black Shark Technologies, finally unveiled its first ever gaming smartphone dubbed “Black Shark” in China on Friday after several leaks and teasers.
The new gaming-centric smartphone comes with rounded corners along with matte-finished curved panels on the rear side that allows a comfortable grip. It features a 5.99-inch IPS FHD+ LCD (1080 x 2160 pixels) display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The handset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor coupled with 6GB RAM/64GB of internal storage and 8GB RAM/128GB of inbuilt storage variants. It sports a 4,000mAh battery support for 18W 9V/2A fast charging. The battery can last up to 7 hours of steady hardcore gaming. The smartphone measures 161.62 x 75.4 x 9.25 mm and weighs 190 grams.
The smartphone will also have a multi-stage direct-touch integrated liquid cooling system to prevent the handset from overheating. It also supports DCI-P3 color gamut that covers up to 97 percent with brightness up to 550 nits. The device also has MEMC intelligent motion compensation technology that ensures vibrant color reproduction and smoother video quality while playing games.
The Black Shark runs Android 8.0 Oreo Out-of-the-box with a skinned Joy UI layered on top. The device has a dual-rear camera setup with a 20MP sensor and a 12MP sensor, both with f/1.75 aperture and LED flash. Further, it has a front camera with 20MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and is capable of taking 4K videos. On the connectivity front, it includes 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, AGPS, and Glonass. It also has sensors onboard that are Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, and Geomagnetic, Gravity Sensor.
The device has a dedicated Shark Key to access a dedicated gaming mode. The fingerprint scanner and home button at the bottom of the screen can also be turned off during gaming. The company is also flaunting the presence of an X-type antenna, that will ensure connectivity irrespective the smartphone is held in landscape or portrait mode.
The handset comes with a Bluetooth controller called the Shark GamePad, which is sold separately for 179 Yuan. The Gamepad comes with its own 340mAh battery and can last 30 hours without charge. It docks on the top of the phone to transform the smartphone into a full-fledged handheld gaming device. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.4 and above.
The Black Shark smartphone will ship in two color model, Polar Night and Sky Grey. It is now available for pre-order in China through Xiaomi Mall, Jingdong, and Mi Japan and will go on sale starting April 20. The Xiaomi Black Shark handset’s price starts at 2,999 Yuan for 6GB RAM + 64GB storage model and 3,499 Yuan for 8GB RAM + 128GB storage editions. Currently, the smartphone is available in China and there is no information on whether it will be released globally.