Xiaomi launches Black Shark to compete with Razer Phone

By Greg S · 8 replies
Apr 13, 2018
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  1. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has launched its new Black Shark gaming phone to take on Razer. The handset is one of the cheapest phones now available that carries a Snapdragon 845 and also has a liquid cooling solution.

    There are two variants of the phone: The first has 6GB of RAM paired with 64GB of UFS2.1 internal storage; the second has 8GB of memory with 128GB of storage. There is no microSD card for expansion. Featuring a 5.99-inch 18:9 display with 2160 x 1080 resolution, the IPS LCD panel covers 97 percent of the DCI-P3 color gamut. When set to maximum brightness, the display measures in around 550 nits.

    The Black Shark has a 4000mAh battery and supports fast charging up to 18W over USB-C. On the rear of the device, dual cameras and dual LED flash are found. Both the 12MP and 20MP cameras present are f/1.75. A front facing 20MP camera with f/2.2 aperture is capable of 4K video and has many filtering effects for still photos.

    One of the main attractions for gamers is the Black Shark Gamepad. A Bluetooth controller with its own 340mAh battery can provide a gaming experience that is unmatched by most other smartphones. Other gaming-centric features include an upgraded microphone for better voice communication and noise rejection to provide clearer audio.

    A multi-stage direct contact liquid cooling system can keep the Black Shark running in high performance mode for an extended period of time. Upon engagement, the liquid cooling system can bring the CPU temperature down by 8°C.

    Xiaomi's Black Shark is available for pre-order today and is expected to ship on April 20. Pricing is set at CNY2,999 and CNY3,499 for the 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB models respectively. Converting to US currency, that is $477 and $557. Black Shark Gamepads will be included free for the first 50,000 customers. After that, they will be sold separately for CNY179 or about $28.

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  2. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Maniac Posts: 241   +221

    Game pad, liquid cooling, same chip as the s9, well under $600...This is one appealing device.

    I know little about Xiaomi, but am I correct in saying very few of their devices support LTE? And even if they do, can they be activated in the US?
     
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,413   +892

    IMO a 1080p screen would be more than enough for 6 inches while it would increase performance and battery life.
     
  4. RaXoR

    RaXoR TS Enthusiast Posts: 66   +29

    They should be LTE capable and they have been around in the US for a while.
     
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  5. enemys

    enemys TS Addict Posts: 150   +134

    Umm... But it DOES have a 1080p screen, just a bit taller (or wider, depending on how you look on it).
     
  6. ghostf1re

    ghostf1re TS Booster Posts: 195   +82

    I'm sure there's a market for phones like this, but I honestly don't see a reason to buy a "gaming phone" or a gamers phone, unless the phone could deliver a console-like experience. If I can hook it up to my TV like a Nintendo Switch and play AAA games on it, then I'd be sold on a device like this. Of course it would need to have a pretty nice camera too.
     
  7. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,413   +892

    Yeah, as soon as I saw the first number my brain just went with something else.
     
  8. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 519   +317

    I think I have the patience to wait until I get home and game on my 34" UWDisplay and 1070Ti.
    better gaming experience LOL
     
  9. sukhwant singh

    sukhwant singh TS Enthusiast Posts: 67   +11

    in India every phone sold by Xiaomi is LTE and VoLTE compatible. US service providers use different network bands than India so some of them may be unavailable. but Mi MIX 2 and MI MIX2S, I am sure they are fully compatible with us service providers. these are beautiful, powerful and yet priced low comparing to other manufactures.
     
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