Xiaomi has finally debuted its Black Shark smartphone, a gaming-oriented mobile device that looks great. We actually thought it might be bulkier than this, but the overall look of the device is great, considering that it has its own multi-layer liquid-based cooling system in order to keep the device from heating up like current smartphones do when their hardware is stressed to its limit by intense mobile gaming: running games like Real Racing 3, NOVA, PUBG, Spider-Man, FIFA 18, or any other 3D graphics based games available in the Google Play store. The cooling system will keep the CPU 8 degrees cooler than any other smartphone.
The design is not far from the standard design we’ve seen on any smartphone. In fact, it is as thin as a Nokia 7 Plus. The Black Shark smartphone feature a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with Full HD+ screen resolution (no notch, but not that thin bezels either). It packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 with the Adreno 630 GPU and what Xiaomi calls “an independent image processing chip” MEMC Intelligent Motion Compensation Technology / Dynamic Range Enhancement Technology. There is an ‘S’ logo on the back of the phone that pulsates green like the heartbeat.
In addition, it comes in two variants with 6GB of RAM + 64GB of ROM (Internal storage) and with 8GB of RAM + 128 GB of ROM, but there is no microSD card slot, which is weird considering that it is a gaming mobile devices and it needs a lot of space to install many games. It also feature a dual speaker Biso sound system, where the ear-piece acts a the secondary speaker, but there is no 3.5mm headphone jack.
The handset is able to take calls while the user is playing on the device in landscape mode, and allows him to use radio chat apps without interfering with its gameplay thanks to Joy UI and the Shark Space user experience Xiaomi developed for gamers to enjoy.
The Black Shark smartphone packs a whopping 4,000 mAh battery rechargeable via a USB-C cable, but not a removable battery.
The smartphone is also accompanied by a mobile Bluetooth compatible gamepad similar to those we’ve seen on the Nintendo Switch console, which has its own 340 mAh battery and a small joystick. The Gamepad attaches on the side of the phone.
Camera-wise, the Black Shark feature a dual camera setup comprised of 12 MP sensor with F/1.75 aperture + a 20 MP sensor with F/1.75 aperture and a dual-LED flash. The front-facing camera has an identical 20MP sensor but with F/2.2 aperture lens.
Black Shark is available in Sky Gray or Polar Night Black colours starting at 390 Euros, with the 8GB RAM variant reaching 450 Euros. The Black with green accents Gamepad costs under 25 Euros.