Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming Phone Review | PUBG Gameplay | 60 FPS

Finally, Xiaomi introduced its First Extreme Gaming Smartphone Phone – Xiaomi Black Shark. This amazing phone is going to be available on 30 January 2019 at the above price of Rs.30,000 through online markets. It looks like Xiaomi is now going to introduce a series of gaming phones. If it is so; then Xiaomi Black Shark is an excellent start. Its an absolute budget gaming Smartphone.

Xiaomi already brought many flagship smartphones in market in the previous period. They all proved to be very promising. But Mi Black Shark is well anticipated to beat Razer Phone and Asus ROG to some extent.

xiaomi shark with joypad
xiaomi shark with joypad

As Mi Shark is designed with the perspective of gaming, It is a complete gaming phone and Dream of Gamers. Nowadays, most of the peoples or we can say teenagers spent most of their time playing games like PUBG, CS: GO, DOTA 2 and many others on PC. So, Mi shark will be a break for PC gamers from PC games and to enjoy Android Games. So let’s see!

Specifications of Xiaomi Black Shark:

Body/Dimensions/Size: The dimensions of black shark are 161.6 x 75.4 x 9.3 mm (6.36 x 2.97 x 0.37 in) and Weight is 190 g (6.70 oz) ,which are far more impressive for any gaming phone. It gives very smooth handling and compatibility.

Display/Screen: With IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and 16M colors, Xiaomi Black Shark has a screen size of 5.99 inches, 92.6 cm2 with Resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio and of-course with multitouch. This gives a high definition gaming experience.

SIM/BroadBand Network: It is a Dual Sim Phone. Black Shark supports 2G/3G/4G network. It has high-speed network connectivity with GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE Technology Support. Such intensive high-speed network supports non-stop online gaming.

OS: It supports the latest Oreo 8.0 Operating Systems and Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) Chipset, defined especially for gaming. Along with CPU of Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) and GPU Adreno 630, which are essentials to play heavy games smoothly and without any lagging.

Storage: Xiaomi Black Shark comes in two versions 6GB RAM / 64GB STORAGE and 8GB RAM / 128GB STORAGE. There is no SD card support. Because such huge storage space covers everything.

Camera: Actually, there are Three Cameras in total. (12MP + 20MP Dual Rear + 20MP Front Camera).There are two rear cameras or you can just say Dual Rear Camera with 12 MP( f/1.8, 1.25µm, dual pixel PDAF) and 20 MP( f/1.8, 1.0µm, AF, 2x optical zoom) respectively with Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama. Whereas, Selfie Camera is 20 MP( f/2.2, 1.0µm) Camera.

Sensors: It has Fingerprint Sensors to set fingerprint security along with highly calibrated Accelerometer, Gyroscopic Sensors, Proximity Sensors and of-course a Compass.

Battery: It has a non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery support. Fast battery charging 9V/2A 18W (Quick Charge 3.0).

Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming Review:

Xiaomi Black Shark is a Gaming Smartphone. And when it comes to the game, Player Unknown’s Battleground aka PUBG is the most trending and popular game right now along with all time favourite game clash of clans. So we tested PUBG on Mi Black Shark. It was quite a good experience. It really runs faster and smoother in ‘Shark Space’. But one thing for sure, as Player Unknown’s Battleground is a PC game, it’s hard to get the same graphics, thrills, and experience in its mobile version. So you should definitely try and download Pubg on pc someday. It’s quite a bit more than just a game.

PUBG Gaming on Xiaomi Shark
PUBG Gaming on Xiaomi Shark

Shark Space is a virtual gaming zone in Mi Black Shark. You can enable it by a side-switch. You can add to or remove games from Shark Space. It has too many features that helped a lot, not only while playing PUBG but also other games too. To enable these features, slide down the fingerprint sensor and a customizable menu bar will pop down from above.

We loved the No-inCalls or simply the Do Not Disturb feature the most. It leaves only Data Connection or Wifi, enabled. Whereas, it disables all network services like messages, notifications and most importantly the annoying phone calls along with other functions. This helps a lot for uninterrupted gaming as if you are in the middle of a mission or something. Although, you can still see other features like Gamepad, No keyboard, Night mode and more.

We also tested the portable Bluetooth Joypad also called as a gamepad, which can be snap-attached to the back case. Playing Pubg using a gamepad is a bit comfortable. It has one joystick, for movements and two trigger buttons for aiming and shooting. But we will recommend going with on-screen controls, as the joypad has some drawbacks like it can’t be used for the sprint. It has to do with on-screen controls. And after using Joypad for a while, fingers begin to have a cramp like feelings. And the most important thing is that it has to be charged since it uses Bluetooth to connect with the phone.

As the frame rate, we observed during PUBG is about 45-60 fps, the gameplay is lag free and smooth like butter. We do saw some frame drops while testing PUBG and other games. But it is quite obvious for most of the devices. So it is not an issue. The battery standby for PUBG alone is about continuous 6 hours. It varies with different apps and games. It does get a little warmer after 2 -3 hours but still its fine!

Final thoughts:

It looks like Xiaomi did every possible thing to make Mi Black Shark an absolute gaming phone. For instance, if we take the shark space (a highly optimized gaming space for better performance gaming) or the attachable Bluetooth Joypad, it is still cheaper than Asus ROG or the Razer Phone. And after testing popular games like PUBG, Fortnite, and others, we didn’t find any flaws in this phone. This phone will be a great debut in Xiaomi’s first ever range of gaming smartphones. It is an affordable gaming device at a price of near about Rs.30k. It is a complete flagship budget gaming smartphone. Probably it is the most considerable gaming device right now.

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