Xiaomi has announced Black Shark, a high-end gaming phone with some impressive hardware that is due to launch in the coming weeks. This is Xiaomi is the company’s first ever gaming phone. The phone was developed in partnership with gaming product company Black Shark Technology and follows shortly after the launch of the company’s first gaming laptop.

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Xiaomi Black Shar

The Xiaomi Black Shark looks like a cross between a 2018 flagship smartphone and a gaming laptop. While the front looks fairly unassuming with an 18:9 display and a built-in fingerprint scanner, the rear is different, it has a unique design with sort of hourglass pattern but with a straight line on the middle. You have a glass at the bottom bearing Black Shark on it and at the top with has the camera & flash. Sporting a metal unibody, the rear is designed to provide extra grip when gaming and thus provides slightly raised surfaces for your fingers to grip.

The Black Shark gaming phone has a 5.99-inch along with the 18:9 display that offers a fullHD resolution (2160 x 1080) and around 403ppi, coupled with 97% DCI-P3 colour gamut and is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. There’s a liquid cooling system that is claimed to reduce the temperature by up to eight degrees Celsius, allowing you to play for a prolonged duration of time without having to worry about the phone overheating.

This gaming phone also comes with a dual 12MP 20MP rear-camera setup with f/1.75 aperture and 6P lenses, plus dual-tone LED Flash. Phase-detection autofocus, 4K capture, HDR, and Portrait Mode are also included, along with something Xiaomi calls “dark light enhancement technology” that should enhance photography in low-light environments. The front camera arrives at 20MP with a f/2.2 aperture and 5P lens.

Inside the Xiaomi Black Shark, you’ll find a Snapdragon 854 64-bit octa-core processor, clocked at 2.8GHz, along with an Andreno 630 GPU and either 6 or 8GB of RAM, depending on the model you opt for. The storage option dictates how much RAM you get; the smartphone comes in 64- and 128GB variants, with the former offering 6GB and the latter, 8GB.

This is in line with what was leaked prior to launch, along with the 18:9 display that offers a fullHD resolution (2160 x 1080) and around 403ppi. You’ll also find a non-removable 4,000mAh battery that supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0.

The device also features a front-facing fingerprint scanner, like many other Android smartphones, you’ll find it embedded within the Home button and will provide contextual controls like DND, silent mode toggle and more when playing games.

Although gaming phones are still a pretty niche market worldwide, they make more sense in China than most other places due to the overwhelming popularity of relatively hardcore mobile games like the dominating MOBA Honor of Kings and various spins on the PUBGbattle royale formula. Dedicated consoles don’t have the same degree of penetration in China, so the idea of a phone focused on gaming performance could well be appealing to serious players. Therefore, explained the reason why the phone is still available only in China presently.

Last month, Xiaomi also announced its first gaming-first computer, the Mi Gaming Laptop.