Black Shark 3
Black Shark 3

Xiaomi has launched the latest member in its mobile gaming spinoff, Black Shark — the third generation in the series and the first to incorporate the latest 5G technology. The new gaming smartphone (Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro) comes with a lot of improvements over it predecessors with additional gaming earbuds to deliver a great gaming experience, however, it is sold as a separate accessory.

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro sports an X-shaped antenna design as it predecessors, it comes with two stereo speakers, triple-camera setup on the rear and a single selfie shooter.

Black Shark 3 features a 90Hz refresh rate OLED display and comes in an FHD+ resolution, and the Pro, on the other hand, has a QHD+ panel. The devices also come with a 270Hz touch sampling rate means an ultra-low latency of just 24 milliseconds — ideal for mobile gamers.

Xiaomi has also brought back the 3.5mm headphone jack on the third generation Black Shark phones and added Tencent games trademark logo on the rear.

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The devices come with a shoulder trigger (you can call it R1, L1), fourth-generation liquid cooling system and an external cooling fan to help keep the heat out under intense usage.

Both device boast of a 64MP main camera assisted by a 13MP ultra-wide and a 5MP depth sensor camera. On the front, there is a 20MP shooter in the top bezel. I kind of like the fact that Xiaomi has decided not to use any of the new Samsung Infinity display with cutout or hole punch.

Black Shark 3 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with up to 12GB RAM, 256GB storage. The devices run MIUI based Android 10 and housed by a 4,720mAh battery with 30W fast charge and 5000mAh battery with 65W fast charge respectively. Both support quick charge 4+ technology.

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Xiaomi Black Shark 3 And Black Shark 3 Pro Quick Specs

Xiaomi Black Shark 3
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Xiaomi Black Shark 3
Black Shark 3Black Shark 3 Pro
Display6.67″ 20:9 1080p AMOLED, 105% DCI-P3 gamut7.1″ 19.5:9 1440p AMOLED, 97% DCI-P3 gamut
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 865Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM8GB LPDDR4X or 12GB LPDDR58GB or 12GB LPDDR5
Storage128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0256GB UFS 3.0
Rear camera64MP f/1.8 wide, 13MP f/2.25 ultrawide, 5MP f/2.2 depth64MP f/1.8 wide, 13MP f/2.25 ultrawide, 5MP f/2.2 depth
Front camera20MP f/2.220MP f/2.2
Battery2-cell 4,720mAh w/ up to 30W (8GB RAM) or 65W (12GB RAM) charging, Quick Charge 4+ support2-cell 5,000mAh w/ up to 65W charging, Quick Charge 4+
Headphone jackYesYes
SoftwareAndroid 10Android 10
Connectivity5G, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 6, USB-C5G, Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 6, USB-C
Dimensions168.7 x 77.3 x 10.4mm / 222g177.8 x 83.3 x 10.1mm / 253g
ColoursFaerie Pink, Midnight Black, Knight Grey, Frozen SilverKnight Grey, Blasting Black

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Price And Availability

Black Shark 3 and Shark 3 Pro will be available from March 10 in China. You’ll pay 3,499 yuan (~$501) for the 8GB/128GB model, 3,799 yuan (~$544) for the 12GB/128GB variant, and 3,999 yuan (~$573) for the 12GB/256GB option.

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As for the Pro model, it starts at 4,699 yuan (~$673) for the 8GB/256GB option and 4,999 yuan (~$716) for the 12GB/256GB variant. The company says you can expect a global release in the “near future.”


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