Xiaomi has officially released the Black Shark Helo AKA the Black Shark 2. The device will be competing against other gaming handsets like the Razer Phone 2 and Asus ROG Phone to grab your attention.
One factor in the Black Shark Helo’s favor is its price. The device starts at CNY 3199 (roughly Rs 34100) for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM. The rate rises to CNY 3499 (approx Rs 37000) for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of ROM. The ultimate variant costs CNY 4199 (around Rs 44500) and packs 10GB of RAM and 256GB of ROM.
Xiaomi Black Shark Helo Features
While the Razer Phone 2 and Asus ROG Phone have a 120Hz and 90Hz refresh rate, respectively, the Black Shark Helo settles for a 60Hz refresh rate. This might help explain the cheaper price tag. Still, the display is much bigger than the original at 6.01-inch, plus it’s an HDR10 AMOLED panel instead of an LCD one this time round.
Notch haters can rejoice because Xiaomi hasn’t placed a notch at the top of the smartphone. Unfortunately, fans of the headphone jack will be disappointed since the 3.5mm port isn’t around. The company has placed front-facing stereo speakers though. Dedicated gamers will probably like the flashy RGB-illuminated back logo and side strips which can change colors.
Gaming tends to overheat phones, which is why the Black Shark Helo has a liquid cooling system handy to stop this from happening. The phone even ships with a controller dock which contains a joystick and other gaming buttons. The 6GB and 8GB models only get a left-docking controller. The 10GB version gets both a left and right-docking one.
Specifications of the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo:
– Display: 6.01-inch 18:9 AMOLED, 1080 x 2160 pixels
– OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
– CPU: Snapdragon 845
– GPU: Adreno 630
– Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB
– RAM: 6GB/8GB/10GB
– Camera: 20MP + 12MP rear, 20MP front
– Battery: 4000mAh
– Size: 160 x 75.25 x 8.7mm
– Weight: 190g
– Connectivity: 4G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fiac, USB Type-C, A-GPS, GLONASS
Xiaomi has only announced the Black Shark Helo for China as of now. We’ll let you know if it makes a trip outside the country in the near future.