Xiaomi-backed Black Shark brand launched its new gaming phones today in China named Black Shark 3 & 3 Pro. It is the first time two gaming phones are launching at the same time from this brand. We did get the Black Shark 2 & 2 Pro last year, but they were launched in different halves of the year.
There isn’t much difference between the two phones except for the fact that the ‘Pro’ comes with a bigger display with a higher resolution.
BLACK SHARK 3 & 3 PRO – DESIGN & SPECIFICATIONS
The design is the same for both phones. There is a symmetrical design on the rear as there are two triangular modules on the top & the bottom, with the Black Shark logo in the middle. While the top module has the triple camera setup, the one on the bottom has the ‘Tencent Gaming’, ‘5G’, and ‘Black Shark’ branding.
While the last year’s Black Shark gaming phones lacked a headphone jack, the Black Shark 3 & 3 Pro have a 3.5mm headphone jack on top.
One interesting feature of the Black Shark 3 Pro is its pop-up trigger buttons so instead of giving touch-sensitive buttons on the side like other brands, the phone has physical buttons that pop up when needed, just like a pop-up selfie camera. This is something the non-Pro version lacks.
Black Shark claims that you can use the pop-up button mechanism 300,000 times without any issues. Just like a pop-up camera, the pop-up buttons will hide automatically when a freefall (a drop) is detected.
What‘s more， for better cooling, there is ‘Sandwich’ liquid cooling which means there is double-sided liquid cooling. Talking about the improvements, the Heat dissipation area is increased by 100% compared to the previous generation, and the heat dissipation capacity is increased by 50%.
Talking about the specifications, the Black Shark 3 comes with a 6.67-inch 1080P AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate & 270Hz touch-sampling rate, the highest on any smartphone.
Under the hood, there is Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G SOC paired with LPDDR5 RAM (only 12GB, 8GB is LPDDR4X) & UFS 3.0 storage. Both phones support WiFi 6 standard as well.
The Black Shark 3 Pro is very complete and is covered with a huge 7.1-inch OLED display with qHD definition and a 90-Hz refresh frequency. It is powered by Qualcomm’s SoC Snapdragon 865 coupled with 8 or 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Unsurprisingly, it is 5G and WiFi 6 compatible. Finally, the firm has included a new cooling system to keep components cool during the most intense gaming sessions.
BLACK SHARK 3 & 3 PRO BATTERY
There is a difference in the battery sizes as well, but it’s not that much. While the non-Pro version has a 4720mAh battery, the Black Shark 3 Pro has entrusted the smartphone’s battery life to a 5,000 mAh battery compatible. Both phones support 65W Fast Charging via a USB Type-C port. Black Shark claims that the 5,000mAH battery can be fully charged in just 38 minutes which is insane! Finally, the smartphone comes with an ann18W magnetic charger at the back to charge safely during a video game game game. A similar device can be found on the rog Phone slice of Asus.
BLACK SHARK 3 & 3 PRO CAMERA
On the photography side, the Chinese brand relies on a triple rear photo sensor arranged in a triangular shape. The device consists of a 64-megapixel f/1.8 main sensor, a 13-megapixel wide-angle module, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. On the front is a 20-megapixel selfie sensor.
While cameras aren’t a plus point of gaming-centric phones, the Black Shark 3 & 3 Pro have solid camera hardware. There are triple rear cameras that include a primary 64-megapixel camera, a secondary 13 Megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera (120-degree), & a third 5 Megapixel depth sensor. There is also a 20 Megapixel selfie camera.
BLACK SHARK 3 & 3 PRO – PRICING & AVAILABILITY
The non-Pro version comes in three colors – Lightning Black, Armor Grey, and Star Silver. The ‘Pro’, on the other hand, comes in two colors – Phantom Black & Armor Grey.
The standard Black Shark 3 will be available on the Chinese market from March 6, 2020, at a starting price of around $500 (for the 8GB/128GB version). The Black Shark 3 will not arrive in China until March 17, 2020, at a price close to $675 (for the 8GB variant of RAM). Xiaomi offers the Pro model in black or metallic grey and the standard black, grey, or silver variant. At this time, it is not known when the two smartphones will arrive in Europe.
Black Shark 3 –
- 8GB + 128GB – 3,499 Yuan ($501)
- 12GB + 128GB – 3,799 Yuan ($544)
- 12GB + 256GB – 3,999 Yuan ($573)
Black Shark 3 Pro –
- 8GB + 256GB – 4,699 Yuan ($673)
- 12GB + 256GB – 4,999 Yuan ($716)
Black Shark 3 Series Specifications
|Black Shark 3||Black Shark 3 Pro|
|Size||168.7 x 77.3 x 10.4mm||177.8 x 83.3 x 10.1mm|
|Weight||222 grams||253 grams|
90Hz 1080p AMOLED
90Hz 1440p AMOLED19.5:9
|Chipset||Snapdragon 865 (7nm)||Snapdragon 865 (7nm)|
|Bone||Android 10||Android 10|
|Ram||8/12GB (LPDDR5)||8/12GB (LPDDR5)|
|Main sensor||64MP f/1.8
|Secondary sensor||20MP f/2.2||20MP f/2.2|
|Battery||4720 mAh (fast charging 65W)||5000 mAh (recharge rapide 65W)|
|Biometrics||Fingerprint scanner under the screen||Fingerprint scanner under the screen|