ProsFirst gaming smartphone from Xiaomi Awesome battery backup Good design Powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
ConsAverage camera performance
Xiaomi Black Shark – Introduction
Those times have gone, when the smartphones were only used for calling, movies and songs but now, smartphones are widely used for camera, official work and also for the best stress buster games.
As gaming companies are working their best to attract smartphone users towards themselves, because gradually mobile gaming is increasing and thus smartphone manufacturers have also started working on the gaming smartphones, and thus after Asus ROG Phone, another gaming smartphone has been launched by Xiaomi, which is named as Xiaomi Black Shark.
Mainly, this smartphone has been named as Xiaomi Black Shark, because of its cool appearance and fast processing, it is coupled with current fastest processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. This time, Xiaomi has tried to make something different, something innovative, because Xiaomi Black Shark is quite different from the traditional Xiaomi smartphones.
With Xiaomi Black Shark, Xiaomi has joined the queue of gaming smartphones. The specs of Xiaomi’s gaming smartphone is different from the other smartphones of Xiaomi, it has got mixed reviews from the critics.
So, let’s check this out, whether Xiaomi Black Shark, is good enough to be categorized in the list of best gaming smartphones of 2018.
Xiaomi Black Shark – Design and Display
As Xiaomi Black Shark, is a gaming smartphone and thus the design justifies its category. This phone has a completly different design from the ordinary smartphones of Xiaomi, from rear to front, it is completely made for gamers. We have seen the smartphones of Xiaomi, which usually have finger-print scanner on the rear panel but, this time they have given it at the chin, which also makes bottom bezel larger than its latest smartphones.
Its rear panel also has been made to attract gamers, with fully textured and bulged back with some curves on it to give a perfect handling while gaming. It has Type-C port for fast charging and faster data transfer, and the speakers are mounted on the bottom edge and volume rockers with power lock/unlock key is on the right arm. One more interesting thing has been added to this smartphone, which is SHARK button. You can use this button to switch Shark mode or gaming mode.
By switching to gaming mode or Shark mode, you can turn off anything which might interrupt while gaming and also, you get a slider at the top to quick change the settings.
Xiaomi Black Shark, comes with 5.99 inches IPS LCD capacitive display. This screen could have been much better, if Xiaomi has given it with almost 85% screen to body ratio, currently it is only 76%, which has directly decreased the bezels. This screen contains much wider bezels, in comparison to the other latest smartphones of Xiaomi like Redmi Note 5 Pro, Redmi Note 5, Mi Mix 2s etc.
Although, they have given better screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, with ~403 pixels per inch density. So, overall this gaming smartphone of Xiaomi has good display but, we can’t categorize it in perfect display, because it is high on bezels.
Xiaomi Black Shark – Processor and Memory
As Xiaomi Black Shark is the first gaming smartphone of Xiaomi, so, it has not skipped a single thing in this portion and also they have tried to make best out of best mobile gaming machine. This smartphone has latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Octa-Cores (4×1.8 GHz Kryo 285 Silver and 4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold). So, surely you can free yourself from any lag issues, because this processor is much more optimized for gaming and heavy working.
To get the best outcome of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, it is coupled with 8 GBs of RAM, which will give you a flawless experience while gaming. It has Qualcomm Snapdragon consisting Adreno 630 GPU, so graphics will be at its best.
On concluding this part, we can say that Xiaomi has done a great job in making this machine, one of the best gaming smartphones of 2018 at affordable price and also you have got everything, which a gaming smartphone asks for.
Xiaomi Black Shark – Internal Storage
This phone will be available in two internal and RAM storage options, 128 GB and 8 GB and 64 GB and 6 GB, there is no option of expanding its internal storage with microSD as it contains only single sim tray.
If you want to own this smartphone only for gaming purpose, then I’ll recommend you to buy its 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage, because good games atleast ask for a good amount of RAM, which only 8 GB can provide. There is not much difference in the price range of both the variants so, you can easily go for higher variant of 8 GB and 128 GB internal storage.
Xiaomi Black Shark – Camera and Battery
Along with its powerful processor and RAM, Xiaomi has done a satisfactory work in its camera performance too. Xiaomi Black Shark comes with dual rear camera set-up of 20 MP + 16 MP of f/1.8 aperture in both with 2x Zoom, dual pixel PDAF and dual tone LED flash. Xiaomi has done very well with numbers, but the quality of this camera haven’t got much appreciation as the other cameras of its phone usually gets.
Basically, Xiaomi has put more focus in improving the gaming quality as it is their first gaming smartphone in the market so they have tried their best in that field only. But if you are looking for a smartphone only for gaming and heavy working, along with a bit of photography, then you can buy this smartphone.
You should not buy this smartphone for just the camera, because there are other better options available in similar or lower price range.
Apart from this, you have also got 20 MP front facing camera, with all the basic features like face beauty, auto focus, auto-HDR etc. and also you can record full HD videos with it.
If you are buying a Xiaomi smartphone, then you can free yourself from battery problems, because they always give huge battery in their phones. In this smartphone too, you will get 4000 mAh Non-removable Li-Ion battery, with the support of USB 3.0 quick charge (Type-C).
Xiaomi Black Shark – Colors
Currently, this smartphone is available only in three color variants, which are Black, Gray and Coral Blue. But Gray color is looking quite fascinating and rear shark logo is giving an astonishing look in this color.