The smartphone gaming industry is growing at a rapid pace and so are the gaming smartphones. Xiaomi recently launched its third generation gaming smartphones namely the Black Shark 3 and the higher-end Black Shark 3 Pro.

These two 5G gaming smartphones sport visually impressive display, powerful internals, capable camera hardware, and reliable battery life coupled with astonishing charging speeds.

The Pro variant of this gaming smartphone series outperforms Samsung’s most powerful smartphone i.e. the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra in multiple aspects.

In this article, we have compared these two flagship smartphones and drawn a conclusion as to which smartphone is the most powerful.

NOTE: In this article, we have only compared the Pro variant of the Black Shark 3 gaming smartphone series to the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. 

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Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: Design & Display

As you might know, Black Shark is Xiaomi’s gaming-phone focused subsidiary and it only produces capable gaming smartphones. The recently announced Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro is dedicated to hardcore gamers.

This new gaming smartphone has refined design aesthetics with improved grip and Xiaomi has also offered physical buttons on the side of the phone that function as triggers on a console controller. Users can customize and map these physical buttons as per their preference or as per the game requirement.

The humungous 7.1-inch screen of Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro has a resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels and a refresh rate of 90Hz coupled with 270Hz touch-sensing. While gaming the higher refresh rate of this smartphone ensures that you have smooth and flawless gaming experience.


One of the major highlights of the entire Samsung Galaxy S series is excellent design aesthetics and the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra isn’t an exception. This flagship smartphone sports a full glass and metal construction. Unlike the Black Shark 3, Galaxy S20 Ultra offers IP68 dust & water-resistant.

Samsung manufactures some of the best smartphone displays and one on the Galaxy S20 Ultra is nothing short of astonishing. The 6.9 inches Dynamic AMOLED display on this smartphone has a resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels and an aspect ratio of 20:9.

Samsung S20 Ultra

Samsung allows users to change the resolution of this smartphone from Quad-HD to Full-HD in order to save battery. Luckily, you can enjoy the super-smooth 120Hz refresh rate when you are in FHD resolution.

In comparison, the humungous 7.1-inch screen of Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro offers much more screen real estate than the 6.9-inch Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. That said, the overall quality (resolution, refresh rate, and color reproduction) of the display of Galaxy S20 Ultra is much better than that of the Black Shark 3 Pro.

The design ergonomics of a smartphone comes down to personal preference. That said, the construction of Black Shark 3 Pro offers numerous advantages to gamers.

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: Processing Power And Camera

Both the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra are powered by the exact same Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) processor coupled with the capable Adreno 650 GPU. Moreover, a variant of Galaxy S20 Ultra is powered by the Exynos 990 (7 nm+) processor coupled with the Mali-G77 MP11 processor.

As you might have guessed, both these smartphones can effortlessly handle long gaming sessions. That said, the cooling solutions on the Black Shark 3 Pro offers improved cooling with the liquid-cooled plate and the liquid-cooled tube on this device helps reduce the CPU’s core temperature.

Black Shark 3 Pro

The standard 12GB RAM on both these smartphones ensures that the processor and GPU run at their full potential. Black Shark 3 Pro recently broke the highest AnTuTu benchmark score and it managed to get 620,952 points. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also has a respectable score of 515,098 points.

As far as storage is concerned, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro comes with either 256GB or 512GB of internal storage. Sadly, the storage on Black Shark 4 Pro cannot be expanded. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra comes with 128GB / 256GB / 512GB internal storage. You can further expand the storage of S20 Ultra using a microSDXC.

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Xiaomi’s Black Shark 3 Pro sports a 64MP primary camera, joined by 13MP ultra-wide and 5MP depth-sensing sensor. Lastly, there’s a 20MP front-facing camera on this gaming smartphone.

One of the major highlights of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is its feature-packed triple camera setup. This triple-camera setup consists of a primary 108-megapixel sensor with OIS, 12-megapixel Ultra Wide Lens with a 120-degree field of view, 48-megapixel Telephoto lens with OIS with Super Resolution Zoom up to 100X and a depth sensor.

S20 Ultra Camera

Undoubtedly, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra beats out the Black Shark 3 Pro in the camera department. In addition to photography, Galaxy S20 Ultra is also an impressive video-centric smartphone as it can shoot up to 8K resolution videos.

Other Important Features

Both these smartphones come with a plethora of unique features that help them stand out from the crowd. For example, the Black Shark 3 Pro packs industry’s first dual battery system and it has a battery capacity of 5000mAh. Xiaomi claims that this gaming smartphone takes just 12 minutes to reach 50% and 38 minutes to fully charge.

This smartphone relies on series charging for its 65W fast charging and parallel discharging for battery life stabilization and longevity.

Black Shark 3 Pro 5G

The Galaxy S20 Ultra also packs a respectable 5000 mAh battery with 45W fast charging. Additionally, this smartphone also supports 9W reverse wireless charging. Luckily, both of these smartphones support the 5G network. Additionally, they run on the latest Android 10 out of the box.

Pricing And Availability

The base variant of Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro retails for a price of ¥4,699 (~$675) and the 12GB/256GB configuration costs ¥4,999 (~$718). This smartphone is available in Phantom Black and Armor Gray color variant. Presently, Mi 10 Pro is only launched in China. We can expect, Xiaomi to soon launch this flagship smartphone globally.

The base variant of this Galaxy S20 Ultra retails for a price of $1,399. This smartphone is available in Cosmic Grey and Cosmic Black color variants.


So this was a quick comparison between Xiaomi’s Black Shark 3 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. Clearly, both these smartphones serve the purpose that they are meant to. Black Shark 3 Pro is undoubtedly one of the most powerful Android smartphones in existence.

That said, the gaming aesthetics of Black Shark 3 Pro make it a bit unimpressive for regular and corporate users. As a conclusion, in spite of being slightly less powerful than the Black Shark 3 Pro, Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra is presently the best Android smartphone.

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