Xiaomi-backed 'Black Shark' Gaming Phone Revealed

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Prans, Apr 14, 2018.



    While there were a few unconfirmed leaks circulating online, little was known about the mysterious Black Shark, except that it is a gaming smartphone from Black Shark Technology, a Chinese gaming company backed by Xiaomi. The veil was finally lifted yesterday when the whole device was revealed, complete with specs and accessories:

    black black shark.JPG

    grey black shark.JPG
    The Black Shark comes in two flavors: Polar Night and Sky Gray
    Some of the new device's specs are as follows:
    • 5.99” 18:9 IPS LCD with Full HD+ resolution
    • Snapdragon 845 chip
    • Adreno 630 GPU
    • 4,000 mAh battery
    • Up to 8GB of RAM
    • Up to 128 GB Internal Storage
    • An integrated multi-stage liquid cooling system that brings the CPU temperature 8° C down
    • Android Oreo OS with JOY UI custom launcher
    • Dual camera on the back: 12 MP f/1.75 + 20 MP f/1.75 with 6P lens and a dual-LED flash
    • Front camera: 20MP sensor but slower f/2.2 lens
    • 109g weight
    Unfortunately, the Black Shark does not feature a microSD slot but comes in two versions: 6 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage or 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage.

    To stand out as a gaming smartphone, the Black Shark has a few dedicated features to back its claim. The gaming phone's most striking feature is its dedicated detachable gamepad. The latter is somewhat akin to the Nintendo Switch's joy-con as it attaches on one side of the phone. The gamepad itself packs a 340 mAh and can connect via Bluetooth. While this peripheral will be sold separately, the first 50,000 buyers will get it for free. It is a quite peculiar gamepad as it is only one-sided, offering only one analogue stick and a shoulder button but no directional keys nor any A/B/X/Y buttons.

    Another "game-y" feature is its "Shark" key located on its left side. This will allow the phone to go all out, dedicating all resources for optimal performance.

    black shark gamepad.JPG
    gamepad 1.JPG gamepad 2.JPG

    Gaming smartphones might sound like a niche market but they are slowly picking up. That's especially the case in China where online mobile games are a huge hit. There is even a growing competition among hardware companies to bring gaming smartphones to consumers. Razer recently unveiled its Razer phone and another gaming phone, the Red Magic, is in the works. The smartphone gaming market has also been welcoming console titles like PUBG and Fortnite that will soon follow suit and might attract more gamers worldwide.

    The Black Shark is now available for pre-order on JD.com, with the 8GB RAM/128GB storage version costing CNY3,499 (€452/$557) and the 6GB RAM/64 GB version priced at CNY2,999 (€387/$477). The Black Shark Gamepad is sold separately at CNY179 (€23/$28).

    :arrow: Black Shark Official Website
    Discussion (81 replies)
  1. Xen0

    Xen0 GBAtemp Fan

    Oct 8, 2015
    Who needs iPhones anyways? Much better shit for hlav the price.
  2. Reploid

    Reploid GBAtemp Maniac

    Jan 20, 2010
    Serbia, Republic of
    gaming phone? With actual cooling? sounds so redundant it's scary.
    MartyDreamy, Ericthegreat and x65943 like this.
  3. shaunj66

    shaunj66 Administrator

    Oct 24, 2002
    United Kingdom
    South England
    I really despise the whole look of "gaming" centric product design such as these along with Razor etc.
    DrkBeam, DarthDub, Pluupy and 9 others like this.
  4. Xzi

    Xzi Virtual Bartman

    Dec 26, 2013
    United States
    Spiraling Out
    Oh god phone gaming. Kill me now. Or at least design a better controller.
    Last edited by Xzi, Apr 14, 2018
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  5. InsaneNutter

    InsaneNutter GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 26, 2007
    Yorkshire, UK
    I like the look of it, kind of like a Switch style phone, but which docks in to a controller instead.
    That solves the problem of touch screen d pads / analogue sticks sucking for mobile gaming anyway (i know there's been other stuff that clips on to some phones before)

    Certainly an interesting concept, you could carry the phone in one pocket and the controller in the other.
  6. Hyborix3

    Hyborix3 GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 12, 2009
    Korea, South
    I really don't see these selling well
    Last edited by Hyborix3, Apr 14, 2018
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  7. AlanJohn

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    Jan 6, 2011
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    Nice original green and black color scheme, really underrepresented in gaming tech.
  8. pedro702

    pedro702 GBAtemp Guru

    Mar 3, 2014
    so the only controller thing is an analog stick and a single button? srs touch controls for gaming are awnful and a single analog stick wont change that...
    Last edited by pedro702, Apr 14, 2018
  9. smileyhead

    smileyhead Press Start whenever!

    Aug 31, 2015
    >No mSD slot
    >Not Android One
  10. anhminh

    anhminh Pirate since 2010

    Sep 30, 2010
    I am more interest with the controller really.
  11. kenenthk

    kenenthk Custom Title

    May 26, 2013
    Burkina Faso
    Sprint should jump on this.
  12. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2006
    Black and olive green is cool and edgy and military and mature for mature hardcore gamers such as myself. Go hug your beige PC case, grampa :angry:

    Bro, get with the times, gaming is all about the RGB these days, black and green are positively retro.
    dAVID_ likes this.
  13. KingVamp

    KingVamp Haaah-hahahaha!

    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    With all these phones claiming to be gaming phones, at least they tried to do something with a controller. Too bad they messed up so badly with it and it isn't included in every box.
    B_E_P_I_S_M_A_N and ando2011 like this.
  14. Pacheko17

    Pacheko17 かっこい男の子

    Jan 31, 2015
    República Juliana
    The phone itself looks okay, but that "controller" is hideous.
    Also, gaming branded shit is stupid and should just die. If it isn't a console, there's no real reason to call it "gaming something".
    They just make it black and green, put some mid to high end specs and overprice the fuck out of it, bam, that's a gaming device. Add some stupid useless LEDs into the mix too.
    DrkBeam, phalk, WhiteMaze and 3 others like this.
  15. Rune

    Rune GBAtemp Fan

    Feb 15, 2017
    The controller is a neat idea. But where's the other half of it? :D
    GoldenSun3DS, WhiteMaze and x65943 like this.
  16. Ryccardo

    Ryccardo WiiUaboo

    Feb 13, 2015
    The picture actually doesn't show the LED lol

    meanwhile here:
  17. Bladexdsl

    Bladexdsl ZOMG my posts...it's over 9000!!!

    Nov 17, 2008
    gaming...phone. here we go again... :glare:
    Last edited by Bladexdsl, Apr 14, 2018
  18. leon315

    leon315 POWERLIFTER

    Nov 27, 2013
    open for EU oreders??

    ANTONIOPS GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 15, 2016
    A "gaming" phone, and the first 50,000 buyers will get the controller for free? I'm glad I got my joycons with my switch without having to purchase them separately, also no micro sd card slot? Well I gess 50,000 is more than enought for all of its possible buyers.
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