Xiaomi’s Black Shark gaming phone is coming out on April 13

Xiaomi Black Shark Invite

We first got wind of Xiaomi’s gaming smartphone back in February when a handset called “Blackshark” popped up on Antutu. The device has finally gotten confirmed now as there’s an event for its launch taking place on April 13 in Beijing.

To be clear, a newly-minted company called Black Shark is releasing the phone. Xiaomi is an investor and backer of the firm, so there is a strong connection between the two. The invite for the event doesn’t give much away, featuring a graphic of a dragon and a shark surrounded by green light.

This will be Black Shark’s first phone, so there’s clearly a lot riding on it. We know for sure there’s a Snapdragon 845 processor inside since the SoC has been confirmed for the smartphone. It’s also likely to have 6GB and 8GB of RAM as options, as well as 64GB and 256GB of storage. The previous Antutu leak had hinted at a 32GB model too.

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The other big gaming handset on the market is the Razer Phone. Its top calling card is its 120Hz refresh rate, allowing for smooth gameplay. It stands to reason that Black Shark will do something similar for its device. The company may also include an “aviation class” advanced cooling system to keep the smartphone from getting too hot.

Other rumored specs include an 18:9 aspect ratio, a Full HD+ display, an Adreno 630 GPU, and Android 8.0 Oreo. This will be Xiaomi’s second venture into the gaming sphere after the recent launch of its Mi Gaming Laptop. Here’s hoping the device offers the same blend of high-end specs and affordable price tags the brand is known for.