Black Shark 3 and Shark 3 Pro gaming phone announced, starts at $502

Xiaomi sub-brand, Black Shark announces the Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro 5G gaming phones in China. But the company announced that the phone will hit the international market later.

Both mobile phones sport few identical specs and features, but the PRO variants boast of a bigger screen, pop-up triggers, better battery life, and weighs a little bit heavier than the non-pro version.

While the similarities between the phones stay around the triple rear cameras setup, single selfie camera, in-display fingerprint sensor, Snapdragon 865, 8GB / 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, and runs on Android 10.

Black Shark 3 / Shark 3 PRO Specs

*. Processor: 2.84GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 865 7nm Mobile Platform
*. GPU: Adreno 650
*. OS: Android 10
*. SIM: Dual SIM (nano + nano)
*. Back cameras: 64-megapixels rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, LED flash, 13-megapixels 120° ultra-wide sensor, 5-megapixels portrait camera
*. Front camera: 20-megapixels front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture
*. Fingerprint sensor: YES (in-display)
*. Network and connectivity: 3.5mm audio jack, Dual 1217 super linear speakers, 5G SA / NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ax (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, USB Type-C

Black Shark 3 PRO

Display, Design, and Camera

The Black Shark 3 arrives with a 6.67-inch (2400 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 20:9 90Hz display, 394PPI, 105% DCI, while the Shark 3 PRO with a 7.1-inch (3120 × 1440 pixels) Quad HD+ 19.5:9 90Hz display, 483PPI, 97% DCI.

Both devices come with HDR 10+, 500 nits brightness, MEMC intelligent motion compensation technology. But the Shark 3 PRO boasts of the world’s fastest 270Hz touch-sampling rate.

You can notice the triple rear cameras on the phones, consisting of the main 64-megapixels rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, LED flash, 13-megapixels 120° ultra-wide sensor with f/2.25 sensor, and 5-megapixels camera with f/2.2 aperture for portrait shots.

While a 20-megapixels front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture sits at the top front of the phone, with no notch or camera hole cut-out. There is WiFi 6 and 5G support.

Both phones are made up of metal and glass design combinations, in-display fingerprint sensor, the PRO comes in Phantom Black and Armor Grey colors, while the Black Shark 3 is available in Lighting Black, Silver, and Grey colors option.

Black Shark 3 PRO Specs

*. Display: 7.1-inch (3120 × 1440 pixels) Quad HD+ 19.5:9 90Hz display, 483PPI, HDR 10+
*. Dimensions: 177.79× 83.29x 10.1mm
*. Colors: Phantom Black and Armor Grey colors
*. Weight: 253g
*. 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 12GB LPDDR5 RAM with 256GB storage
*. 5000mAh battery with 65W fast charging

Effective Gaming Session

The Shark 3 and Shark 3 PRO are completely powered by a 2.84GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 865 7nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 650 GPU, but you can find them in 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, with 256GB storage option.

Black Shark made mention of the “Sandwich” liquid cooling system, double-sided liquid-cooling covers key heat sources. The company said that the Heat dissipation area is increased by 100% and the heat dissipation capacity is increased by 50% compared to the previous generation.

You can still find the Black Shark GameEngine and SolarCore intelligent game acceleration engine so that the games load faster, complex scenes run more smoothly with minimal power consumption for the best gaming experience.

Recall the Xiaomi’s Black Shark 2 gaming phone with a pressure-sensitive display that lets users map left and right controls to the screen. Well, the company has topped up the game by adding pop-up triggers on the Shark 3 PRO.

The new Black Shark 3 Pro comes with physical pop-up shoulder buttons, where users can choose to use the two, 21-millimeter-wide buttons that raise 1.5 millimeters from the body of the phone in the game mode.

Black Shark said that the buttons can supposedly withstand over 300,000 lifts and more than one million clicks. It features an independent lifting control with zero delay and accidental touch prevention so it doesn’t get activated when you are not gaming.

Black Shark 3

Black Shark 3 Specs

*. Display: 6.67-inch (2400 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 20:9 90Hz display, 394PPI, HDR 10+
*. Dimensions: 168.72×77.33x 10.42mm
*. Colors: Lighting Black, Silver and Grey colors
*. Weight: 222g
*. Memory: 8GB/128GB, 12GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB
*. Battery: 4720mAh battery with 65W fast charging

65W charging, and Pricing

To keep the phones going, the Black Shark 3 carries a 4720mAh battery with dual-battery design, while the Black Shark 3 Pro has a 5000mAh battery that can also be charged fully in 38 minutes.

Both phones support 65W charging which takes just 15 minutes to charge the battery and just 38 minutes for 100% with 18W magnetic charging when gaming.

The Shark 3 PRO 8GB RAM version costs 4,699 yuan ($675), and the 12GB RAM option costs 4,999 yuan ($718) with 256GB of internal storage.

While the Shark 3 is priced at 3499 yuan ($502) for the 8GB/128GB version, 3799 yuan ($545) for the 12GB/128GB version, while the top-end 12GB RAM with 256GB storage version goes for 3999 yuan ($574).

Other accessories such as the $26 Fun Cooler Pro, $29 3-generation gaming left handle and $72 Bluetooth gaming headset 2 are sold separately. You can pre-order now but the devices will go on sale in China from March 10th.

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