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Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming Smartphone Review

The Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming smartphone is now appearing on the Xiaomi official website: a dream for gamblers in black with (Razer) green accents, extremely powerful hardware and a grippy back. There is also a controller with an analog stick that can be plugged into the Black Shark smartphone. The rest of the hardware is worthy of a flagship phone. The Xiaomi Black Shark will appear in China for 2999 yuan with 6GB RAM and 64GB memory – the High version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB ROM 3499 yuan.

Xiaomi Black Shark Unboxing video

Flagship hardware configuration

First, let’s look at the features and functions that make the Xiaomi Black Shark a gaming smartphone. Since you want to displace the competitor Razer Phone here, the currently strongest processor is mandatory: The Black Shark Phone tinkers the Snapdragon 845 , which clocks even higher than in the Samsung S9. The 2.85 GHz of the CPU are cooled by heat pipes made of copper components in which a liquid circulates. The display offers with the “MEMC” technology a cheaper alternative to the 120Hz display of the Razer phone. The focus is again on the fluid reproduction of games and videos.

The design offers a bit more space to tackle the smartphone: despite the 18: 9 displays can be found at the top and bottom margins – so it has also made a fingerprint sensor on the front . In addition, you can see on the back flat hollows / handles for the fingers. The Xiaomi Black Shark will thus grow in size: it measures 9.25mm in thickness and it weighs 190g, but is more comfortable when you play with both hands.

In addition, an attachable controller, not unlike the joy cons of the Nintendo Switch, was presented. The controller connects via Bluetooth, has its own battery with 340mAh and offers in addition to an analog stick two shoulder buttons. The firmware of the gamepad can also be updated via the USB-C port. Priced it is fair 23 €.

The system will be equipped with customized software , an online platform for players, a modified drop-down menu, gestures for the fingerprint sensor and an additional key to access the SharkSpace. The latter gathers your games in one place.

Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming smartphone Antutu Score

Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming smartphone Antutu Score

Unique industrial design

The design of the Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming smartphone may be described as successful – like the classic smartphone but it does not look. The dimensions are above the competition for a 18: 9 6 inch smartphone: 161.5 x 75.4 x 9.25 mm at 190 grams.

From the front you can not see the smartphone’s intended use, the display extends across the front as usual and there is only the fingerprint sensor. The green contrasting color runs around the frame, refines the back and the brand logo is poison green. The latter is illuminated and can pulsate atmospherically – in the dark sure an eye-catcher. The back is made of metal, as well as the frame, which should give the Black Shark plus points in stability and impact protection. The round frame and the grippy back contribute to the comfort of gaming.

Game experience

The Xiaomi Black Shark is the new fastest mobile chip: a high-clocked Snapdragon 845 will probably set new records. The graphics are handled by the Adreno 630. On the one hand, a chip ensures crisp colors, comparable to HDR, and smooth frame rates. In addition, depending on the variant, there are 6 or 8 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of fast UFS 2.1 system memory. Pre-installed is Android 8.0 Oreo , which comes with a customized launcher and was garnished with a focus on useful gaming features.

Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming Smartphone Review

The display is 5.99 inches tall and in 18: 9 format. It resolves with 2160 x 1080 pixels, resulting in crisp 403 PPI . In addition, 500 nits of brightness should be possible and 97% of the DCI-P3 color space should be covered. The corners of the display are also slightly rounded.

Other aspects

So that the Xiaomi Black Shark SKR-A0 does not degenerate to the Playstation Portable / Vita / Nintendo 3DS, it is packed with features, such as a flagship phone. The main camera is a dual cam is used, which consists of a 12MP and a 20MP sensor. About the Phase Detection Autofocus can shoot Xiaomi-typical bokeh shots. The Selfiecam works with 20 megapixels and an aperture of f/2.2.

LTE is on board, only Band 20 800mHz will be missing. Whether a version for Europe with volume 20 appears, is not yet known. In addition, WLAN ac dual-band and Bluetooth 5.0 are on board. The battery is 4000mAh, but will be properly used by the overclocked SD845 when gambling. Charging is via USB-Type-C with Quick Charge 3.0.

My personal opinion

The smartphone for gamers! Xiaomi is expanding its portfolio with the Black Shark SKR-A0 to cover this area as well. The extent to which gaming features differentiate Black Shark from other flagships in terms of performance and gaming performance will be demonstrated in the review and release of the new generation of Snapdragon 845 phones. We really like the Black Shark SKR-A0: a smart phone that stands out from the pabulum. Another point is the price: no $400 for a Snapdragon 845 flagship are very fair!


It is no exaggeration to say that the Black Shark Gaming Phone is a product that meets all of our imaginations for gaming phones: a cool appearance that matches the concept of games, an ergonomic design that fits a long grip, powerful hardware support, -style auxiliary hardware, special game optimization and more. For a player, these are all dreams.

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