Xiaomi backed Black Shark gaming smartphone launched last week and it is already shaping up to be one of the popular smartphones of 2018. Ahead of its first sale, it has received 1 million registrations, highlighting the demand for gaming-centric smartphones.
Razer was the first to start the trend for gaming smartphones with its Razer Phone launch last year. Since then Xiaomi has launched Black Shark and ZTE sub-brand Nubia has also launched its own gaming device called Red Magic. One of the key feature of the Black Shark gaming smartphone is the high-end specifications and a mid-range pricing.
Xiaomi Black Shark Specifications and Price
The Black Shark gaming smartphone is priced at just RMB 3,000 (around Rs 30,000), which makes it a standout offering even for those not interesting in gaming. In terms of specifications, it is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and comes in two configurations – 6GB RAM model with 64GB storage and 8GB RAM variant with 128GB of storage.
The Black Shark features a 5.99-inch display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, support for taller 18:9 aspect ratio and covers 97 percent of DCI-P3 color gamut. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo and includes a beefy 4,000mAh battery for that endless gaming session. It also support fast charging via Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 standard for quick top up.
On the camera front, Xiaomi has equipped the Black Shark gaming smartphone with a combination of 12-megapixel primary f/1.8 sensor and a secondary 20-megapixel f/1.8 sensor. The secondary camera acts as telephoto lens and support 2x optical zoom. The primary camera also supports dual pixel phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. There is a 20-megapixel selfie shooter at the front with f/2.2 aperture and support for 1080p video recording.
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The Black Shark supports connecitivity options like dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and 4G LTE. The smartphone relies on USB Type-C port for charging and comes in black and grey color options. Despite million registrations, we expect Xiaomi to have limited quantities but overall the interest in the device seems bright.