Xiaomi might soon join the likes of Razer to launch a gaming-centric smartphone. A mystery device dubbed “Blackshark” has appeared on benchmarking website Antutu, that could well be the first device from the Chinese smartphone maker’s gaming sub-brand with the same name.
In terms of specifications, the mysterious device seems to have flagship hardware powering it. The Antutu listing first spotted on Weibo shows that the smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with Adreno 630 GPU. There is 8GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. However, it is likely that Xiaomi will have variants with higher storage like 64GB or 128GB whenever the device becomes official.
The listing also shows that the device will feature a display supporting Full HD+ resolution of 2160×1080 pixels with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It seems to run MIUI on top of Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. The smartphone dubbed Blackshark scored 270,680 on Antutu benchmark, which is impressive considering that Galaxy S9+ has reportedly scored 265,267 in the same benchmark.
There isn’t much known about the device, but Xiaomi is believed to have started a sub-brand that will build smartphones specifically for gaming. The division could end up competing with Razer, the gaming hardware company that recently launched its Razer Phone aimed at gamers. The leaked specifications spotted on Antutu doesn’t show any of the hardware designed specifically for gaming smartphone. Xiaomi might tweak the software to support features that might appeal to gamers.
Razer Phone, launched last year, with state of the art hardware like a 120Hz display, 8GB RAM, 64GB storage and Snapdragon 835 SoC. But it doesn’t offer a great camera or a game that is unique to the device. Another Chinese smartphone maker, Meizu is also said to be planning a gaming-centric device. We will have to wait and see if other brands jump in as well.