Xiaomi's sub-brand, Black Shark, has just released its new gaming smartphones with tons of cool gaming-centric features. The phones are intended for China first and will later become available to the global market, as per the company's strategies of the past.
Black Shark 3 Pro
The Pro version offers a couple of extra features on top of the non-Pro version and also has a bigger screen. The Black Shark 3 Pro is built around a massive 7.1-inch QHD+ OLED panel running at 90Hz. It also boasts the world's fastest 270Hz touch-sampling rate as well.
It's up to a Snapdragon 865 chipset to drive all those pixels, and it's needless to say that the phone supports 5G connectivity as well. WiFi 6 support is also on the specs sheet. The phone can be coupled with either 8 or 12GB of RAM, but only the 12GB version comes with the latest LPDDR5 memory, the 8GB settles for the LPDDR4X. Storage-wise, there is only one version and it's 256GB.
And now the best part. The Black Shark 3 Pro comes with a massive 5,000 mAh battery and supports blazing-fast 65W charging. Xiaomi says it can go from flat to 100% in just 38 minutes. And if you are in the middle of a game and need a refuel, you can snap a magnetic charger on the back of the phone that doesn't go quite as fast but 18W would do just fine during a gaming session. After all, you won't have to deal with tangling cables stick ing out from the USB-C port.
One of the advantages of the Pro model is the new pop-up triggers. The touch-sensitive air triggers from the previous version of the phone are replaced with physical pop-up buttons, and Black Shark ensures at least 300,000 pop-ups without any issues.
Black Shark 3
The vanilla version employs a smaller 6.67-inch screen and lower FHD+ resolution, lacks the pop-up triggers, and offers a smaller 4,720 mAH battery. Another difference is in the storage variants – 8GB/128GB, 12GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB. The rest is pretty much the same.
In fact, from a design standpoint, both phones are identical – metal and glass have been used for the build, there are no holes or cutouts on the display on the front and, an improved sandwich-like cooling solution has been implemented with double the heat pipes compared to the previous generation. It's also cool that unlike the Black Shark 2 and 2 Pro, the 3 and the 3 Pro have 3.5mm audio jacks.
The vanilla model comes in three colors – Lightning Black, Armor Gray, and Star Silver, while the Pro is offered only in Phantom Black and Armor Gray. Black Shark 3 will go on sale from March 6 starting at CNY 3,499 ($500) for the 8GB/128GB model while the Black Shark 3 Pro's price will be CNY 4,699 ($675) for the base 8GB/256GB configuration and would be made available from March 17.