A new phone nicknamed Black Shark marks, in an indirect way, the entry of Xiaomi into the market of gaming phones. The launch of the device follows an investment made by Xiaomi in Black Shark Technology, a Chinese gaming company that will presumably be part of the Mi ecosystem.
The black and green style of Black Shark will not surprise anyone who has seen Razer Phone, the most prominent gaming phone on the market today, although it is much softer and more curvilinear. (Also, check the beveled edges in green). Inside, it has the appropriate specifications you would expect: a Snapdragon 845, up to 8 GB of RAM, a 21: 9 1080p screen and a 4000 mAh battery.
There is no mention of a high refresh rate, unlike the Razer phone, but the Black Shark phone earns its player credentials by means of a dockable analog controller that fits on one side of the screen. The phone also supposedly has a true "liquid cooling," a term that was previously used for heat-tube-type cooling solutions in phones like the Lumia 950, which is not exactly the same as one you would find on a gaming PC. . In any case, Black Shark claims temperature reductions of 8 degrees Celsius.
The Black Shark phone is available to preorder online now for 3499 yuan (about $ 480) for a model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is quite cheap for a phone with a Snapdragon 845. It is not clear if Xiaomi will sell directly, however. We have communicated to clarify this and the relationship between the two companies.
Although gaming phones are still a niche market worldwide, they make more sense in China than in most other places due to the overwhelming popularity of relatively hardcore mobile games such as the dominant MOBA Honor of Kings and various twists. of the actual battle formula of PUBG. The dedicated consoles do not have the same degree of penetration in China, so the idea of a phone focused on the performance of the games could be attractive to serious players. Last month, Xiaomi also announced its first gaming computer, My Gaming Laptop.