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Xiaomi Black Shark - gaming smartphone with water cooling

by Timo30. July 2018
The Xiaomi Black Shark Smartphone is the Chinese answer to the Razer Gaming Phone. Equipped with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, which is tamed by a novel liquid cooling, the smartphone is aimed primarily at mobile gamers who do not need performance drops. In this preview we take a first look at the Xiaomi Gaming Smartphone.
Overview
Manufacturer/Model

Xiaomi

Product

BlackShark SKR-A0

Specifications

Processor and memory
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
GPU: Adreno 630
RAM: 6GB / 8GB (LPDDR4x)
Internal memory: 64GB / 128GB (UFS2.1)
Memory extension: no

Display
Display diagonal: 5.99 inches
Display resolution: 2160 x 1080 pixels
Image Enhancer: Pixelworks Chip, MEMC
Screen protector: Toughened protective glass
Multitouch: 10 fingers

cameras
Main Camera: 12 Megapixel + 20 Megapixel
* Aperture f / 1.75 and f / 1.75
* Autofocus
* Dual Tone LED Flash
Front camera: 20 megapixel
* HDR
* Beauty

Network
Dual SIM: Yes
SIM size: Nano SIM

GSM Band B2 / B3 / B5 / B8
WCDMA Band B1 / B2 / B5 / B8
SCDMA Band B34 / B39
CDMA / EVDO band BC0
FDD LTE B1 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12
TDD LTE B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41

wireless
WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac MU-MIMO
Bluetooth: 5.0
GPS: Yes

sensors
* Ambient light sensor
* Accelerometer
* Proximity Sensor
* Hall sensor
* E-Compass
*Gyroscope
* Fingerprint Sensor

Accumulator
Battery: 4.000 mAh
Quick charge function: Quick Charge 3.0
Connection: USB-C

other
Operating system: Android 8
Size: 161.62 75.4 x x 9.25 mm
Weight: 190g

Xiaomi "Black Shark"

The Xiaomi Gaming product line is growing rapidly. Was it just a few weeks ago, the new Xiaomi gaming notebook, it is already today Xiaomi Gaming Smartphone, Interesting approaches that promise Xiaomi Black Shark including its efficient liquid cooling, modular plug-on controller and gaming-optimized user interface. The official launch is the 20. April 2018. Appear the smartphone in two versions with different memory size. The (Chinese) selling price is equivalent to 387 € (6GB + 64GB) or 452 € (8GB + 128GB).

Update 17. May 2018

Meanwhile, the Black Shark smartphone has appeared in another version. The "Top Model" is with one 8GB + 256GB memory equipment available and costs converted 529€, Sales start is the 22. May.

As one of the first import shops has Geekbuying added the gaming smartphone to the range. There, the 6GB + 64GB model is available for just under 500 €. The price is likely to fall in the coming weeks and adjust to the Chinese selling price.

Buy Xiaomi Gaming Smartphone Black Shark

Design and display

Already that Design makes it clear that this is not an ordinary mobile device. The Xiaomi Black Shark is remembered for being striking and at the same time massive appearance primarily to an outdoor smartphone. This is also shown by the Dimensions, With the 161.62 x 75.4 x 9.25 mm and a Weight by 190 g comparatively bulky. Due to the trapezoidal tapered back and the in X placed antenna arrangement, Xiaomi promises improved grip and improved reception performance. An optical highlight is the centrally located Black Shark logo, which lights up green depending on the activity. In addition to the usual control buttons, there is also one "SHARK button", with which a separate game administration, the so-called Shark Space, lets start. On Fingerprint scanner is integrated in the front-side home button.

Luminous back with Black Shark logo

Display solve one Diagonal of 5.99 inches with 2160 x 1080 pixels on. Of the DCI-P3 color space becomes 97% covered. The luminance reached the panel above-average 550 cd / m²so that nothing stands in the way of readability in the sunshine. A separate one Image processing chip from "Pixelworks" ensures a high-contrast, colorful and particularly fluid presentation. Among other things, the Xiaomi Black Shark uses the MEMC (Motion Estimation Motion Compensation) technology, which is an interframe calculation (FI). Using algorithms frames or images are added, so that one (artificial) higher refresh rate is reached. Xiaomi does not specify the actual refresh rate of the display. In comparison, the panel of the Razer Phone comes to a refresh rate of 120 Hz.

Display comparison

Processor and memory

Under the hood, the current works High-end system-on-chip "Snapdragon 845" from Qualcomm, which among other things also in the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is used. The processor takes off 8 Kyro 385 processor cores together, in the big.LITTLE composite work and a maximum 2.8 GHz clock rate to reach. To a performance drop by so-called "Thermal Throttling" To prevent is the smartphone with a novel Liquid cooling fitted. Compared to the standard heat pipe this works 20 times more efficient and keeps the core temperature of the CPU below 8 ° C.

Black Shark liquid cooling

Also the storage facilities turns out lush. The smartphone is available as Basic model with 6GB + 64GB and in a more powerful Version with 8GB + 128GB, The memory is of type LPDDR4X Dual Channel. The built-in flash memory type UFS 2.1. A memory expansion by means of MicroSD memory card is not provided. For a decent gaming performance, the Adreno GPU 630, Cutting-edge mobile games such as the recently published PUBG Mobile are therefore playable without any picture loss.

camera

A much lower focus is on the camera equipment, which was even a minor matter in the presentation of the Black Shark. Installed is one dual main camera with a 12 megapixels and a 20 megapixel image sensor, The exact name of the sensors is not known by Xiaomi. Based on the specifications, however, it can be assumed that a Sony IMX386 or IMX486 was installed in combination with a Sony IMX376 or IMX350. Both sensors rely on one f / 1.75 aperture and 6 layer lens, On Dual tone LED flash ensures better lighting conditions. The focus is on one Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF).

The front camera solve with 20 Megapixel and probably uses a Sony IMX376 or IMX350 image sensor. The cover gives Xiaomi f / 2.2 at. In addition to various beauty filters, the front camera supports high-resolution video recordings in 4K.

Shark Space

Gaming features

Essential for any gaming smartphones are special ones Gaming features, In addition to the already mentioned Bildverarbeitungschip and the Shark Space game management, the smartphone with a "Game Dock" fitted. About the Game Dock, the user receives in the form of a Drop-down menus a quick access to the system administration. One gets access to one, among other things eye-friendly display mode, one Performance mode to increase processor performance, as well as you get one Overview of system utilization, The user interface is based on Android 8.1 and visually differs from the conventional Xiaomi MIUI.

Game dock

For a better sound and improved communication HiFi DAC chip, two powerful stereo speakers and in total 3 microphones, The microphones are arranged so that the own game sound is not captured and a trouble-free communication is possible. A lossless sound reproduction via Bluetooth is with the help of aptX HD audio codecs realized.

As an optional accessory, Xiaomi also introduces the so-called Black Shark Hammerhead Game Controller (about 25 €) to the side. This controller, which is equipped with a thumbstick and several trigger buttons, is plugged into the smartphone and connected via Bluetooth. Operation is in combination with the virtual control buttons of the respective mobile games. Thanks to the rechargeable 340 mAh battery, the controller can be operated more than 30 hours at a time. Updates can be uploaded to the controller via USB-C OTG.

Blackshark Game Controller

Connectivity and others

Like most Xiaomi smartphones, comes the Black Shark without full LTE support therefore. The LTE bands 3 and 7 are supported, which are common in this country LTE band 20 is missing in turn. You can populate the both 4G LTE-enabled SIM slots with two Nano-SIM cards, The wireless connection leaves nothing to be desired. Next Dual band AC WiFi with MU-MIMO Compatibility, the smartphone also supports Bluetooth 5.0, Wired is the smartphone only one USB-C socket available. An 3.5 mm jack audio output is missing. The battery capacity is 4000 mAh. If Quick Charge stands Quick Charge 3.0 to the side. Contactless Qi loading is not possible.

Initial Coverage

With the Xiaomi Black Shark you feel a little bit in it year 2003 translated as Nokia with the N-Gage presented the first gaming phone. However, the difference between the Xiaomi Gaming smartphone and traditional mobile devices is much smaller. The handheld still looks like a smartphone, offers the usual features including additional gaming features and even the modular gamepad sounds well resolved. The question that arises however is: Do you need such a thing at all? After all, there are much more compact mobile devices with almost identical hardware. However, considering that the gaming smartphone appears mainly in the Chinese market, it sounds quite plausible to bring out such a device. Especially in Asia, mobile gaming is a leader and far ahead of conventional PC or console gaming.

Once we have a test copy, the open questions will of course be investigated. What do you think of Xiaomi's new gaming smartphone? With it in the comments!

Price Comparison

Price history

Current prices

Buy geekbuying
10-30 working days
404,90€
Banggood
10-30 working days
487,11€
Gearbest
10-30 working days
554,63€

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Prices last updated on: April 5st, 2020 08:00

Price history

Current prices

Buy geekbuying
10-30 working days
485,88€
Banggood
10-30 working days
503,98€
Gearbest
10-30 working days
634,99€

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Prices last updated on: April 5st, 2020 08:00

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Christoph
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Christoph

I was in China in December and how the smartphones are handled is not comparable to us at all. I am not surprised that Xiaomi jumped on the train. Even the grandma with 60 still daddelt on her smartphone.

Justen
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Justen

Is there something new about the smartphone? Will that buy but habs found nowhere? Is that even out ???