Xiaomi-backed Black Shark Launches Gaming Smartphone

Mindy Sparks
April 14, 2018

This is a gaming smartphone that comes not too long after Xiaomi partnered with Black Shark Technology, a gaming company in the natives of China. You get a 5.99-inch 2160×1080 IPS LCD in that trendy 18:9 aspect ratio, and presumably at 60Hz - not matching the buttery-smooth 120Hz of the Razer Phone. Being a gaming phone, it is backed by a massive 4,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. The smartphone measures 161.62 x 75.4 x 9.25 mm and weighs 190 grams.

However, Xiaomi's Black Shark, with its liquid cooling, internals and the ecosystem that Xiaomi's trying to build around it, can give you the best possible gaming experience on the Android platform for now.

Xiaomi also made sure the device didn't lack in the battery department, and that's laudable. The smartphone comes with dual camera setup at the back with dual LED flash as well as PDAF. The phone will be shipped with latest Android 8.0 Oreo operating system out of the box. Further, it has a front camera with 20MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and is capable of taking 4K videos. Connectivity options include- 4G VoLTE, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and USB Type-C chord. It also has sensors onboard that are Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, and Geomagnetic, Gravity Sensor. A Shark button on the left allows owners to devote all hardware resources towards a game to get the maximum performance out of the device. The controller itself will be sold seperately at a retail price of 179 Yuan (~RM110). The Gamepad comes with its own 340mAh battery and can last 30 hours without charge.

The idea of a "gaming" smartphone is an intriguing one, though one has to be careful about releasing and support such a device, lest it becomes an eternal joke within the gadget world.

The Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone, which will launch on April 20 with a price tag starting at about $480, may be the ideal device to play "PUBG Mobile".

The Black Shark smartphone will ship in two color model, Polar Night and Sky Grey. As of now, it will only be available in China as nothing has been said about the worldwide availability of the device. Additionally, the Black Shark can be used with an accessory that adds a joystick to the side of the device for interacting with different games.

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