High-performance phones these days are very expensive to buy. It seems that owning a good smartphone requires an individual to spend a good amount. But on the other hand, there are also smartphones that are affordable for many. Likewise, Xiaomi Black Shark is one of the top of the line gaming smartphones that you must consider buying.
Since gaming smartphones became the most trending phone for the last three years, many people started including this kind of phone models on their to-buy list. They began to like these kinds of phone models because of their best specifications.
The Xiaomi Black Shark has 5.99 inches IPS display and it comes with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution. It also possesses Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core processor. In addition, IPS LCD displays make the color of the screen great and accurate.
It has 6/8 GB of RAM and 64/128 to 256 GB of Internal Storage. Xiaomi Black Shark comes with a dual-camera set-up and a 12-megapixel which is the main shooter and a 20-megapixel secondary camera on its back. For its battery capacity, it contains 4000 mAh battery capacity and its OS is Android 9.0 pie.
The volume rocker is located at the left edge of the phone. On the other hand, the power button is on the right side, particularly at the very top, and way out of reach without a fair amount of hand-shuffling. At the very bottom is the toggle to enter Shark Room, which we’ll look at in-depth in this review’s Software section.
The USB-C port is on the bottom, and a 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top. There is just a sort of problem with the headphone jack. The port would always suck up bits of fluff and pieces of tissue when we put the phone in our pockets (top-first, as we believe is the usual fashion) and we had to use the SIM tray method on many occasions to dig this out.
For the usual looks of the smartphones, the edges of the phone are not rounded. Rather, they are angular, meeting a ridge that runs across the center of the handset. Holding it is not generally uncomfortable. But a system with rounded edges can feel better in the hand for many individuals. Likewise, the back portion of the phone has a unique X Shape, which is an innovation of the design of the previous phone models of Xiaomi Black Shark.
A triangular camera bump subtly projects from the upper part of this design, housing the three lenses and flash in a very discreet manner, while a mirror image bump houses a magnetic pin at the bottom of the phone for a charging peripheral that you can purchase separately.
Moreover, the design on the back screams ‘gamer’ very loudly. But we will argue that it is not hideous, as is the case with the aforementioned Nubia Red Magic 5G or the Asus ROG phones. Also, the black version we reviewed looks pretty understated and sleek-in a fashion contest, it will probably outshine some of its rivals.
About Its Performance
Because it is included in the gaming smartphone line, Xiaomi Black Shark does not disappoint the buyers. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, which takes the phone at the top of the line. This also makes the phone fast and smooth in its performance.
The Black Shark will comfortably support you if you’re looking for a smartphone to play mobile games on. The reason is that its hardware and software work well together to make your gaming experience a treat. For photography, it is also surprisingly strong, although it is not as good as dedicated camera phones. However, the actual design of it could put some people off, since it is usually big with a very bold appearance.
Since the phone is intended for gaming, some claim that the cameras of the phone would be modest. But that is not true as the phone comes with 3 distinctive rear 64 + 12 + 5-megapixel cameras and supports 4K video recording. The front camera is 20 megapixels.
The phone is available in 128/256 GB internal storage space with 8/12 megapixel RAM. However, it is worth noting that it does not support the installation of and external memory. Also, Xiaomi Black Shark has a unique liquid cooling system. This ensures that the phone will not get too hot immediately.
The included gamepad can be the reason why it is top of the line gaming smartphone. It can also be enjoyed by those looking for accessories, but it only fastens to one hand and has a joystick, as well as two shoulder buttons. It’s a good addition, but I don’t like it being single-sided. Those searching for something better have another option now.
The screen resolution is 1080 x 2400 (or 2K), even while some non-gaming phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Oppo Find X2, do not meet the 2.5K resolution, it still looks fine. The colors look punchy, which is perfect for the many games that depend on a bright art style. However, we felt that the maximum brightness of the screen was a little poor. Likewise, this phone model has a 5.99 – inch panel and a ratio of 18:9. Xiaomi has made a notable push in its 2020 phones to have always-on displays and the Black Shark 3 is the latest to get this feature. When you’re not using the phone, you can opt for a variety of designs to decorate the screen.
However, unlike the always-on screens on certain other computers, beyond seeing the app icon, or changing music tracks while listening, you can’t check your alerts from the always-on monitor, so it’s arguably a little less useful than it may be.
Other Important Features
This phone model is almost excellent when it comes to battery life. When used while playing video continuously the phone was able to last for 735 minutes or approximately 12 hours and 15 minutes before the phone dies. Then, when it is used while loading websites, it took 13 hours and 40 minutes before the battery drains.
Therefore, this phone has all the characteristics of being included in the line of excellent gaming smartphones when it comes to its high performance and other physical features.