Xiaomi Black Shark Review: Here’s all you need to know about Xiaomi’s First Gaming Smartphone
The Xiaomi Black Shark is an upcoming gaming phone by Xiaomi, featuring a 5.99-inch large display with a resolution of 1080x2160 pixels and 401ppi pixel density. The device is powered by 2.8GHz Octa-core processor along with 8 GB of RAM and Android 8.1 (Oreo) Operating System. As far as the battery power is concerned, the device is packed by a super-powerful and largest 4000mAh capacity battery. Onboard storage is limited to 64GB though, but Black Shark comes with a dual camera (12MP+20MP) as well as 20MP high-quality Selfie camera.
To support super-smooth gaming experience, it includes an Adreno 630 GPU. The device includes all the necessary sensors including Fingerprint sensor, Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope.
The design is one of the most important factors when it comes to smartphones, and it clearly passes this test with greenish stunning and sleek design with only 190 grams of weight. And best of all, Xiaomi Black Shark price is still very much affordable.
Xiaomi Black Shark Release Date and Availability
Xiaomi Black Shark has been released recently on 20th of April, 2018. And the gaming device is available to purchase all over China as well as in some other territories. Xiaomi Black Shark release date in Australia is still unknown but you may find this extravagant device in early May. The flagship gaming phone will be available on sale within a few days of its release throughout the world. Stocks are expected to arrive on 26 April 2018.
The bad news for British people is that Black Shark gaming phone device is not officially coming to the UK, though they can ship it from outside the UK.
Xiaomi Black Shark Prices:
As far as Xiaomi Black Shark price is concerned, it will depend on which memory model you choose. Black Shark prices for 6GB RAM/64GB variant will possibly around $477 in the U.S and other territories. The device will cost you around $557 for 8GB RAM/128GB variant.
The Black Shark price in China starting at 3000 yuan for the 6GB RAM/64GB storage version. And you will have to spend 3500 yuan for 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage version.
On the other hand, if you are considering Xiaomi Black Shark prices in Australia, they will also vary depending on the model and the carrier you choose. You will have to spend almost AU$600 for 6GB RAM/64GB model. For the 8GB RAM/128GB variant, the price range will possibly in between AU$700 to AU$750.
Xiaomi Black Shark Specs and Features:
Xiaomi Black Shark is one of the most powerful and high-specs oriented smartphone devices around. The Xiaomi’s flagship looks stunning in green. Let’s see what this high-end gaming phone is going to offer their customers.
- 5.99-Inch IPS LCD FHD+ Display w/ 1080x2160p Resolution
- 403ppi Pixel Density
- 75.99 % Screen-to-Body Ratio
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Chipset
- 2.8GHz Octa-core Processor (Quad core, Kyro 385 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kyro 385)
- Adreno 630 GPU
- 6/8GB RAM
- 64GB Internal Storage
- Expandable storage: No
- Dual Sensor (12MP+20MP) Rear Camera w/ f/1.75 aperture 6P lens, and dual LED flash
- Camera Features: 2x Optical Zoom, Phase-detection autofocus, touch focus, 4K capture, HDR, and Portrait Mode
- 20MP Front Camera w/ f/2.2 aperture and 5P lens
- Android 8.1 (Oreo) Operating System
- 4000mAh non-removable Extended Battery
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth 5, NFC
- USB 2.0
- Sensors: Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope
- Weight: 190 grams
- Available Colors: Polar Night, Sky Grey
Design and Display:
As far as design is concerned, the Black Shark offers curved sides, rounded edges, and a stark departure similar to Razer’s large boxy design. The smartphone comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. On the backside, you will find green highlights and glowing mobile phone logo, as well as a dual camera set-up at the upper side of the device.
The handset has seen in China in two unique colors: Polar Night and Sky Gray. But either Xiaomi will provide more colors or not, is still a mystery.
The Xiaomi gaming device offering a 5.99’’ Full HD+ large screen display with a 2160x1080 pixel resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, and 403ppi pixel density. Not only this, but it also supports the DCI-P3 wide color gamut standard.
Performance and Special Features:
The Black Shark high-end gaming smartphone is powered by a 2.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor well supported with Adreno 630 GPU, so gamers can enjoy an ultimate gaming experience.
When it comes to the RAM memory, the Xiaomi Black Shark will be availed in two options: 6GB and 8GB. For all crazy gamers and gaming enthusiasts, 8GB will be an ideal choice. Another good thing is that the device runs on Android Oreo-based Joy UI.
When it comes to the battery, the Black Shark device is loaded with a 4000mAah solid and extended capacity battery that also supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 charging. The mobile phone charges over USB Type-C port.
Moreover, this incredible gaming phone also includes a dedicated Pixelworks image processing chip that supports intelligent motion compensation technology, which supports dark scene detail processing and image enhancement for improved gaming experiences.
Most importantly, the upcoming Xiaomi Black Shark comes loaded with the liquid cooling feature, which can help gamers keep the temperature down during long-term and intensive gaming. This can apparently help minimize the processor core temperature by up to 8-degrees.
The Black Shark gaming smartphone by Xiaomi also has a dedicated Shark key. By enabling this key, the device devotes all hardware machinery to your particular game for better and immersive gaming. What more? You will enjoy super loud gaming with its dual Biso stereo speakers.
When it comes to memory storage, Xiaomi Black Shark phone comes with two storage options: 64GB and 128GB, both with different RAM’s. But the bad news here is that the device doesn’t support expandable storage, as it has no microSD slot.
The Black Shark comes with a dual camera set-up on its back, one 12MP sensor and another with the 20MP sensor, and finally, you will get approx. 32MP in total. The good thing is that both sensors are backed by an f/1.75 aperture well supported by dual-LED flash.
The Black Shark mobile phone also has a 20MP powerful front-facing camera, with f/2.2 aperture and 1080p video recording.
If you are a gaming enthusiast, who loves playing graphics-rich games all day long, the new Xiaomi Black Shark device is for you. Although there is a tough competition between Razor and Black Shark, Xiaomi’s gaming phone is leading the way due to its great specs such as advanced Snapdragon 845 processor’s chipset, Adreno GPU, Android Oreo-based Joy UI, and some special built-in features that are designed especially for gaming purposes. The design of this gaming mobile phone is amazing where it offers a sensational look and feel with glowing green lines on black. Although you will not get memory storage expansion with the phone, but it supports up to 8GB of highly powerful RAM. And you don’t need to worry about its battery either while gaming as it does include a 4000mAh extended battery which will allow you enough juice through a single charge. And how you can neglect its wallet-friendly price tag?
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