The Blackshark Gaming smartphone is finally with us and for some of us, it is a piece of art. The device which is manufactured by a Xiaomi-backed company is quite different in design from the regular smartphones. As the name implies, it is crafted to handle hardcore gaming and the design takes that into account. Although the phone design itself isn’t very much different from the regular smartphone save the add-on.
The Blackshark Gaming smartphone features a 5.99-inch IPS FHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The device packs a physical button at the bottom but it is just the fingerprint scanner and there are virtual buttons on the left and right for multitasking and back button. In this regard, there is no much difference between the gaming phone and the regular smartphone.
However, the rear design is quite different as the gaming smartphone features a rear plastic encasement and a roughened metal surface. The casing sort of creates an easy to grasp body so that gamers would enjoy their gaming without the fear of the phone slipping out the hands. The device comes with the Blackshark logo at the back which illuminates when the phone is switched on. The logo also creates special effects in accordance with the game being played. This adds nothing to the performance of the phone but is just cool.
The device is powered by a flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with a massive 8GB of RAM on the higher model with 128GB of storage. The device is also available in a 6GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. The smartphone also comes with a built-in Pixelworks chip for image processing. The effect of this independent chip is that the Blackshark phone will perform better in image processing performance. Onboard you get a 4000mAh battery with support for 18W 9V/2A fast charging. The battery can last up to 7 hours of steady hardcore gaming.
The gaming phone comes with a separate button on the left side of the phone. The button activates the high-performance game mode dubbed Shark mode. After entering this mode, the mobile phone will clean up the memory to the best state. In the Shark mode, users can move the home button downwards. The game dock bar will also appear under the mode. In addition, users can also see the current state of the mobile phone CPU and GPU. In essence, the Shark mode strips off the functionalities of features that are not needed so that CPU resources will be concentrated on the game.
Another feature which some may find interesting is the Bluetooth gamepad which is sold separately. The gamepad is a hard-on which has a joystick a trigger and a 340mAh battery with up to 30 hours of power on offer. The device supports Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.4 and above. The add-on does not disturb the use of the phone’s functionalities including the selfie camera.
The Blackshark gaming phone comes with a relatively affordable pricing. The 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage and 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage editions of the Black Shark gaming phone are respectively priced at 2,999 Yuan (~$477) and 3,499 Yuan (~$557). The Shark GamePad can be availed with a price tag of 179 Yuan (~$29).