Currently, the gaming industry is in its prime, which is largely spurred by the "mobile players". What is worth at least a portable version of the most popular game PUBG. Of course, top-end devices (and the average price segment) are able to "pull" modern games, but games are not designed for a long time, and convenience leaves much to be desired. Probably, this prompted the Chinese company Xiaomi to release a powerful game smartphone Black Shark.
Main characteristics of Xiaomi Black Shark:
- Size: 75.4 x 161.6 x 9.25 mm;
- Weight: 190;
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845;
- Processor: 4x 2.8 GHz Kryo 385, 4x 1.8 GHz Kryo 385;
- Number of cores: 8;
- Graphics processor: Qualcomm Adreno 630, 710 MHz;
- RAM: 6 GB, 8 GB, 1866 MHz;
- Built-in memory: 64 GB, 128 GB;
- Memory card support: yes (microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC);
- Screen: 5.99 inches, IPS, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 24 bits;
- Battery: 4000 mAh, Li-polymer (Lithium polymer);
- Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo;
- Camera: double on 12 MP + 20 MP;
- Front camera: 20 MP;
- WiFi: a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, ac, Dual band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display;
- USB: 2.0, USB Type-C;
- Bluetooth: 5.0;
- Navigation: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou;
- Features: liquid cooling, standard wireless joystick.
The smartphone is available in two colors - black and gray, while the front panel remains permanently black. We have on the review Xiaomi Black Shark black.
There are also two versions of the device. The younger one is equipped with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB built-in, the older one is 8 / 128 GB.
Black Shark is equipped with 5,99 inch screen with 1080 x 2160 resolution, 18 aspect ratio: 9. For a gaming machine, this screen ratio is more justified and, as for me, contributes to a more comfortable game. The edges of the device are sufficiently rounded, which should make the horizontal grip more comfortable. In the upper part there is a front camera, a talking speaker and a set of sensors.
At the bottom of the device is a home button with a built-in fingerprint scanner. Black Shark is primarily a gaming device. Due to the popularity of team on-line games, the gadget is equipped with an independent microphone, which is located on the front panel.
The back panel of Xiaomi Black Shark has a complex shape and X-shaped symmetrical design. This solution is also aimed at a more comfortable grip of the device. At the top there is a double camera, an LED flash and a noise canceling microphone. The logo of the device in the form of S has a highlight, which varies depending on different usage scenarios.
The Black Shark logo can flash when an incoming call or message is received. Also, the logo can be active during the game. In the game "Lord of Honor" he begins to blink during the victory over the enemies.
It is noteworthy that the communication antenna also has an X-shaped shape, which should contribute to the confident reception of the network signal, regardless of the grip of the gadget.
On the lower edge of the device is a talking microphone and speaker, USB Type-C connector. 3,5 mm headphone jack, as you can see, is missing.
There are no elements on the top edge of the device.
On the right side there is a volume rocker and a lock / unlock button on the device.
On the right side there is a switch "Shark", which allows you to switch the smartphone into a game mode with maximum performance.
By Xiaomi Black Shark, you can additionally purchase (or immediately buy a bundle) gamepad, which is worn from the bottom of the device and mates via Bluetooth.
Performance Xiaomi Black Shark
The Black Shark smartphone is running Android 8.0. The amount of RAM is 6 GB and 8 GB, respectively. The novelty works on the most powerful processor, available devices on Android - Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, which is built on the architecture of Kryo 385. The maximum frequency is up to 2,8 GHz. Adreno 630 is responsible for the video. According to Qualcomm, the performance of the Snapdragon 845 top processor compared to Snapdragon 835 increased by 25% with a decrease in power consumption by 30%.
The testing was carried out by the younger version of Black Shark with 6 GB RAM and built-in 64 GB benchmarking AnTuTu, GeekBench, GFXBench, AndroBench, PCMark.
The smartphone dials 268478 points and becomes the most productive smartphone according to AnTuTu version.
The smartphone dials 2 396 points in a single-core test and 8 513 points in a multi-core - a predictably excellent result. For comparison, iPhone X dials in the single-core 4 061 test, in multi-core 9 959 points, Samsung Galaxy S9 types 3 105 and 8 750 points respectively.
Again, the best result is 8 589 points.
Optimization for games
Xiaomi Black Shark is primarily a gaming smartphone, respectively, game optimization is one of the important indicators of this gadget.
An interesting feature of the device is the game mode, which is activated by the lever on the left side of the device.
During the game, the additional menu of settings opens in which you can connect the gamepad, select a WiFi network, enable / disable the GSM module, enable / disable the mode of protection of vision.
The Xiaomi Black Shark smartphone is equipped with an independent image processor with MEMC frame interpolation technology. This technology is used in modern LCD TVs. The application of this technology increases the initial frame rate. At the same time, an independent image processing chip creates a brighter image with more details, which is clearly visible in comparison with another smartphone.
As you can see in the photo above, Xiaomi Black Shark has a more juicy image compared to the usual smartphone, shadows are better drawn, in general the picture is more detailed. There is support for DCI-P3, the screen supports 95% coverage of the NTSC color space, which further improves the image.
Xiaomi Black Shark has the support of a regular gamepad. Sim gamepad is compact, easy to carry. It has three function keys: stick (or joystick?), LT (left lower) and LB (upper left).
The Black Shark game controller uses a Bluetooth connection with an ultra low charge level for pairing. With the capacity of the 340 mAh battery, the manufacturer declares up to 15 days of operation from one charge.
Impressions from using a regular gamepad are positive. Due to the increased long gadget grip more convenient, mechanical elements are located conveniently, the sensitivity is high, and the response time is low. In general, the use of this accessory gives an advantage over other players (as, indeed, any similar gamepad).
The game smartphone Black Shark is equipped with the most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor at the time of its release, using the 10-nm process technology. Game tests were conducted on "King Glory" and "PUBG Mobile".
We play in "King Glory"
The whole gameplay was very smooth. The frame rate of "King Glory" was more than 60 frames per second. The GameBench test also showed stable 60 frames per second.
Playing at PUBG Mobile
On the maximum chart, the frame rate in the game remains stable at 40 frames per second. This is due to the fact that a simply large frame rate is not yet available. The frame rate remains stable at the level of 40 frames even after a long game.
We measure the temperature
For the first time among smartphones, the Xiaomi Black Shark uses a multi-stage liquid cooling system that reduces the temperature of all modules with a high level of heat. Compared with the air cooling system, the applied model is more efficient in 20 times, which allows the processor to sustainably high power for a long time.
After 30 minutes of the game, a temperature test of the smartphone was conducted in PUBG Mobile.
The usual temperature of the game smartphone Xiaomi Black Shark in standby mode is about 27 degrees. After 30 minutes of games, the temperature rises to about 37 degrees. After exiting the game and entering the standby mode, the temperature drops to the normal value in just a couple of minutes. Of course, this can be achieved thanks to a liquid cooling system that dissipates heat very efficiently, which in turn contributes to high productivity.
Autonomy of the smartphone
Xiaomi Black Shark is equipped with a battery on 4000 mAh, which, together with an energy-efficient processor, should provide high autonomy for the gadget, especially for fans of playing. In the review Xiaomi Black Shark estimated the autonomy of the smartphone in different modes of operation.
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The video was viewed in the online mode at 40% of the volume and 50 brightness of the screen. Playback was started with 74% battery charge for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes the battery charge decreased to 67%, the power consumption was 7%.
In this test, the game "The King of Glory" is used. The test is started with 92% battery charge.
After 30 minutes of play, the battery charge decreased to 80%, the flow rate was 12%.
When testing PCMark, the brightness of the Black Shark screen is set to 30%, the volume is also 30%, Wi-Fi is connected, there is no SIM card.
Thanks to a capacious battery for 4000 mAh, PCMark Black Shark showed the result of 10 hours and 30 minutes. So the gaming smartphone with moderate use can easily last one day.
Black Shark has support for fast charging power 18 BT. Charging the gadget was started with 5%, WiFi connected, no SIM card.
The results for charging up to 100% require 90 minutes.
Smartphone Xiaomi Black Shark is equipped with a dual camera, which has the following characteristics:
- sensor type: CMOS;
- ISO (light sensitivity): 100 ... 3200;
- aperture: f / 1.75;
- flash type: double LED
- Image resolution: 4000 x 3000 pixels or 12 MP;
- video resolution: 3840 x 2160 pixels or 8.29 MP;
- video - frame rate / frames per second: 30 frames / second;
- pixel size: 1,25 μm;
- stabilization: digital and optical;
- additional camera: 20 MP (telephoto lens), pixel size 1,0 μm, lens ratio f / 1.75.
The game smartphone Xiaomi Black Shark is equipped with a front camera on 20 MP with a pixel size of 1,0 μm, aperture lens f / 2.2. In general, "samashki" come out of good quality. What definitely did not like it, it's the work of autofocus, which also strives to miss. Portraits are soft and almost lacking in sharpness.
Eventually . . .
Overview Xiaomi Black Shark showed that the gadget bribes with a unique appearance and has a good ergonomics for gamers, the smartphone has a very high-quality display, powerful hardware, the world's first smartphone-water-cooled, capacious battery and high-quality main camera. The date of release in Russia at the moment is not known.
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The price for Xiaomi Black Shark is declared at 2999 RMB or about $ 468, which is higher than the recently presented Xiaomi Mi 8 on $ 48. As for me, despite all the advantages of Black Shark, the new Mi 8 looks more balanced and I would prefer the latter. And what would you choose, Black Shark or Mi 8, and why write in the comments.