Xiaomi’s sub-brand Black Shark has unveiled its latest gaming smartphone – the Black Shark Helo in China. The Black Shark Helo is the successor to the original Black Shark gaming phone which was launched in April this year. Design-wise, it looks very identical to the Black Shark with just some minor changes like a better location for a fingerprint sensor and a different dual camera placement on the back. Notably, the Black Shark Helo is the world’s first smartphone to boast a whopping 10GB of RAM.
The Xiaomi Black Shark Helo comes with a 6.01-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2160×1080 pixels along with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and 402 PPI. Talking about the specs, it is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 630 GPU. The smartphone is offered in three variants – 6GB/128GB storage variant, 8GB/128GB storage variant and a premium 10GB/256GB storage variant. Under the hood, it houses a massive 4,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0. The phone also includes a new liquid cooling system that aids to reduce the CPU temperature up to 12-degrees.
On the software front, it runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box. The phone is also equipped with a front-facing stereo speakers and a dedicated two-stage SHARK key that offers high-performance gaming mode.Connectivity wise, the phone supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, AGPS, Glonass, aptX and aptX HD support.
As for the cameras, the Black Shark Helo sports a dual rear camera setup, which includes a 12MP primary sensor with f/1.75 aperture, 1.25µm pixel size, dual-tone LED flash and a secondary 20MP sensor with 1.0µm pixel size and f/1.75 aperture. On the front, it packs a 20MP front sensor with 1.0µm pixel size and f/2.2 aperture.
Xiaomi Black Shark Helo Specifications
- Display: 6.01-inch (2160 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 display
- CPU: 2.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 845
- GPU: Adreno 630
- RAM: 6GB/8GB/10GB LPDDR4x RAM
- Internal Storage: 128GB / 256GB (UFS 2.1) storage
- Rear Camera: Dual 12MP (f/1.75 aperture, 1.25µm pixel size, dual-tone LED flash) + 20MP (1.0µm pixel size, f/1.75 aperture)
- Front Camera: 20MP with 1.0µm pixel size, f/2.2 aperture
- O/S: Android 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 10
- BatterY: 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
Pricing and Availability
The Xiaomi Black Shark Helo is priced at CNY 3199 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, while 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant will cost CNY 3499. Finally, the higher variant with 10GB of RAM + 256GB storage is priced at CNY 4199. The phone is already available for order and will go on sale in China starting October 30th. No words on the global launch yet.