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Black Shark releases third generation gaming smartphone

by on04 March 2020

Comes in standard and Pro versions

Xiaomi's sub-brand, Black Shark, has released its third-generation gaming smartphone, and although it will first launch in China, Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro will be bringing their unique gaming-oriented features to the global market at a later date.

Both the Black Shark 3 and the Black Shark 3 Pro will be sharing a lot of specifications, but some premium features will be reserved for the Pro version. Both use Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC, which also means both will take full advantage of Qualcomm's Snapdragon Elite Gaming desktop-level set of features.

Both Black Shark smartphones will also share the same camera systems, including a triple rear camera system with a 64-megapixel main sensor behind 26mm wide lens, a 13-megapixel sensor behind an ultrawide lens, and 5-megapixel depth sensor, as well as a 20-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture and wide lens.

Both also feature a USB 2.0 Type-C connector, 3.5mmm audio jack, stereo speakers, under-display fingerprint sensor, and same connectivity options, like 802.11ax dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, and more.

Black Shark 3 Pro is bigger, has a better screen

Although it will share the same design as the standard Black Shark 3 smartphone, with aluminum back and frame, the Black Shark 3 Pro will be bigger at 177.8x83.3x10.1mm, weighs 253g, and feature a larger 7.1-inch 3120x1440 resolution AMOLED screen. The screen has support for HDR10+, 90Hz refresh rate, 270Hz touch sensitivity, and 500nits of brightness.

It will also have different RAM and storage options, with 8/256GB and 12/512GB versions. It also comes with a heftier 5,000mAh battery and 65W fast battery charging.

The Black Shark 3 Pro has another ace up its sleeve, and these are pop-up trigger buttons in corners. While the earlier version had touch-sensitive air triggers, Black Shark has replaced them with physical pop-up buttons and these should work quite well for gamers.

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Standard Black Shark 3 is cheaper, smaller but still packs a punch

The standard Black Shark 3 will measure 168.7x77.3x10.4mm, making it slightly smaller but also thicker compared to the Pro version. It is also lighter at 222g. It is built around a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a lower 2400x1080 resolution, but still has 500nits of brightness, HDR10+ support, and 90Hz refresh rate.

It will be available in 8/128GB, 12/128GB, and 12/256GB RAM/storage versions, and have a smaller 4,720mAh battery. The base 8/128GB version will not support 65W but rather 30W charging.

The standard Black Shark 3 will start at 3,499 CNY (around $500) for the 8/128GB, and it should go on sale as of March 6th in China. The Black Shark 3 Pro starts at 4,699 CNY (around $670) for the base 8/256GB version and it will start selling on March 17th, also in China.

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