Just recently introduced the Android smartphone known as Xiaomi Black Shark, the first smartphone of the brand dedicated to gamers. More specifically, Gaming, games and graphically intense and demanding tasks. It is an authentic top of the range with extremely competitive prices.
It will be available in two versions and will bring dedicated gaming accessories. The Android handset has just been introduced by the brand in Beijing, China and promises to face the Razer Phone and future ZTE Nubia Red Magic. Now, it’s finally time to meet him officially.
Firstly, the company Black Shark is one of the sub-brands of the technological Xiaomi that now launches its first Android smartphone. It has features that are nothing less than impressive and suitable to a true top of the range. The “window” of interaction with this Xiaomi Black Shark will be your screen with the format/ratio 18: 9 but there is much more …
Here we have 8GB of RAM (in the top version), in addition to Qualcomm’s top-of- the-line processor, the Snapdragon 845. It is an octa-core system on chip with maximum processing frequencies at 2.7 GHz. To answer all the graphic processing we have here the Adreno 630. However, its great high point (besides the price), is the possibility to connect it with a Bluetooth controller.
Xiaomi Black Shark is official now!
The Xiaomi Black Shark has a huge battery, suitable for the processing power that is required. Still, the Android smartphone will become a smartphone for Gaming when you connect it with the Shark GamePad controller via Bluetooth. Then, the device turns into a gaming machine and not only a powerful Android smartphone. The equipment measures 161.6 x 75.4 x 9.25mm (height x width x thickness), weighs a total of 190 grams.
Shark GamePad awakens the full potential of Xiaomi Black Shark
Although its front end looks very simple and similar to other Android smartphones on the market, we have here very striking features. With rounded corners and built in metal, it has a bold design on its back and specifications that make it a “beast” of processing. Especially when it’s connected to your controller, the Shark GamePad. It is sold separately and costs € 23 or $ 28.
Moreover, on its left side, the smartphone has a dedicated physical button, the Shark Key that gives access to a whole “Hub” dedicated to games. There you will find various functions and modes to play undisturbed, among other features. The volume selector is located on the right side of the smartphone. What’s more, at its rear it is impossible not to notice a large “S”, the green, which highlights its rear panel.
Software – Android Oreo with JOY UI
Based on Google’s Android Oreo operating system, Xiaomi Black Shark uses a custom interface for the brand. No, it’s not MIUI but JOY UI, dedicated entirely to gaming, games and so everything on this smartphone is game-oriented and fun. However, several MIUI features can be found inside this smartphone.
Note that when you are playing, you can also activate some modes like “Silence” or “Do Not Disturb” with a simple access/touch on the biometric sensor. That is, for immediate action, the fingerprint reader will serve as an authentic shortcut to control and trigger some modes/actions on the smartphone with the Shark Dock.
Screen, the “window” of Xiaomi Black Shark
The Android smartphone for Gaming features a 5.99-inch screen, produced by InCell. Here we have a Full-HD + resolution with 18: 9 format, so 1080 x 2280 pixels. The screen supports the DCI-P3 color standard. We also have MEMC technology for color compensation and to ensure the best possible experience while playing.
Just below the screen, at the bottom edge, we find your fingerprint reader / biometric sensor that can be used for the above-mentioned effects.
Xiaomi Black Shark processor and variants
Inside, we have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. Moreover, according to the company’s own CEO, Wu Shimin, at AnTuTu will have obtained 279,464 points. Already to control the temperature of the smartphone during the Gaming sessions we have here a complex system of cooling. This system includes copper tubes, graphite compounds and a large metal conduit that is part of a liquid cooling system.
This system, in addition to keeping the smartphone fresh, not putting at risk the integrity of the components, can increase the efficiency of the processor up to 20 times. It promises to be able to rapidly lower its temperature by about 8 ° Celsius.
Regarding the variants, the base version has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, UFS 2.1 memory. Already the top version features 8GB of RAM and 128GBof internal storage. Both variants of this Android smartphone use a battery with 4000mAh of capacity. It has fast 18W charging with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology.
Photo and video on Android smartphone for Gaming
For photography, here we have a dual camera alignment on its rear. More concretely with 12MP and f / 1.75 focal aperture with 1.25micron pixels. Already the secondary sensor counts on a resolution of 20MP, focal aperture of f / 1.75 and pixels of 1.0micron. We have, of course, its dual-LED flash, HDR, PDAF, Portrait Mode and Panorama modes.
For your selfies on this Android gaming smartphone, you have a 20MP front camera with f / 2.2 focal aperture. Being this camera capable of recording video the 4K Ultra-HD resolution at 30fps. The cameras (3) use sensors produced by Pixelworks with lenses of 5 optical elements.
What does Shark GamePad offer?
The true potential of the Xiaomi Black Shark smartphone is awakened by its Shark GamePad. This is your controller, sold separately, with Bluetooth connection. It has a joystick and several buttons for this purpose. Inside it has a battery of 340mAhthat promises a autonomy of 30 hours of use. What’s more, this Shark GamePad can be used on any and every Android smartphone with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and Android 4.4 or higher .
Bluetooth controller costs 23 euros or 28 dollars
At the connectivity level, the Xiaomi Black Shark smartphone has a USB-C port. We also have 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 2 x 2 MIMO connectivity. Furthermore, it has Bluetooth 5.0 , 4G VoLTE, dual-SIM, GPS, APGS and GLONASS connectivity, using an “X” cross antenna.
Xiaomi Black Shark cost?
The cheaper version/variant with 6GB + 64GB costs the equivalent of $ 477 or 377 euros in the Chinese market. The top version, with 8GB + 128GB costs the equivalent of $ 557 or 451 euros , again, these will be the prices practiced in China. The Shark GamePad controller can be purchased for about 28/29 dollars or 23 euros.
The terminal will hit stores in China as of April 20 and for now the brand has not revealed any intention to expand beyond its native country. However, online sales platforms will be able to distribute this new Android smartphone to Gaming.