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Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming phone finally unveiled

Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming phone finally unveiled

The xiaomi-backed gaming company, Black Shark Technologies, finally unveiled its first ever gaming smartphone dubbed "Black Shark" in China on Friday after several leaks and teasers. The battery can last up to 7 hours of steady hardcore gaming.

Priced CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 31,100) onwards, the gaming phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, coupled with Adreno 630 GPU and available in 6 GB and 8 GB RAM variants. Because you need as much power as you can get to enjoy gaming, Xiaomi embedded a non-removable 4,000mAh Lithium-Ion battery with USB-C Quick Charge 3.0 for faster charging. As for dimensions, GSM Arena states 161.6 x 75.4 x 9.3mm.

To improve the gaming experience, the Xiaomi Black Shark also has a liquid cooling system.

Talking of the optics, there's a dual (12MP + 20MP) camera setup at the rear with aperture rate of f/1.75 each and dual-LED flash. Further, it has a front camera with 20MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and is capable of taking 4K videos. The device has been spotted with MIUI 9 based on Android 8.1 Oreo along with Xiaomi's AI Lens feature. It also has sensors onboard that are Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, and Geomagnetic, Gravity Sensor.

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To enhance the gaming performance, the device has a dedicated image processing chip made by pixel works. The fingerprint scanner and home button at the bottom of the screen can also be turned off during gaming.

Apart from the usual power/lock, volume up and volume down keys, the Black Shark also has a physical key on the left-hand side of the device, called the "SHARK" key that activates high-performance mode for gaming. The controller itself will be sold seperately at a retail price of 179 Yuan (~RM110). It's got a 340mAh battery of its own and Bluetooth support, functioning like half a Nintendo Switch. Personally, I'd probably opt for this phone over Razer's offering for this reason alone. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.4 and above.

With the Black Shark phone, Xiaomi is making a pitch to those buyers looking to play heavy duty games that until some time ago were only playable on full-fledged PCs and consoles. Currently, the smartphone is available in China and there is no information on whether it will be released globally. The Xiaomi black shark comes in two colour models that are polar night and sky grey.


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