Xiaomi's powerful gaming smartphone could globally launch on November 9
Xiaomi-backed Black Shark recently launched its latest gaming smartphone - the Black Shark Helo - in China. And now, the company has sent out a teaser email to "early supporters", claiming that "something big" is happening on November 9. This hints at the possible global launch of Black Shark Helo, considering the company's global website also went live recently. Here are the details.
The invite reads, "So, what's happening? It's a secret! Nobody knows! We don't even know! Wait, sorry, that's not true at all. We totally know what's happening on November 9th. I got a bit too carried away with the whole 'mystery' element of this email. So, yeah, we know. But we can't tell you... yet." We believe the secret is Black Shark Helo.
Up front, the phone has a traditional 18:9 display with slim yet prominent top and bottom bezels which pack stereo speakers. Further, there's a dual rear-camera setup, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and RGB LED-illuminated back logo and side strips. The Black Shark Helo features a 6.01-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) AMOLED display with 402 ppi density, HDR10 support, and 60Hz refresh rate.
The Helo also features a dedicated Pixelworks-designed chip that helps convert Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) content to High Dynamic Range (HDR) in real-time. This essentially means both the shadows and highlights of an image will be increased to offer more detail and wider color range.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, paired with Adreno 630 GPU, 6GB/8GB/10GB RAM, and 128GB/256GB inbuilt storage. It also comes equipped with a dedicated liquid cooling system to prevent overheating. Further, the Black Shark Helo packs a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support and runs a forked version of Android Oreo 8.1 (probably MIUI 10).
The Black Shark Helo sports a dual-rear camera setup comprising a 12-megapixel (f/1.75) primary sensor with 1.25-micron pixels, paired with a 20-megapixel (f/1.75) secondary sensor, and an LED flash module. Up front, the phone packs a 20-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture.
In terms of connectivity options, the phone supports dual-SIM (Nano) cards, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/A-GPS, Glonass, aptX and aptX HD. Sensors onboard the phone include an ambient light sensor, geomagnetic sensor, gravity sensor, gyroscope, and proximity sensor. Further, the phone comes with a Gamer Studio app that lets you customize CPU, display, and network settings for creating different gaming profiles.
The Black Shark Helo also comes with a dedicated joystick-based analog controller called Black Shark Biplane Handle. Notably, the 6GB and 8GB RAM variants come bundled with one Biplane Handle whereas the 10GB RAM model gets two controllers - one for each side.
The Black Shark Helo starts at CNY 3,199 (around Rs. 34,100) for the 6GB/128GB variant. Further, the 8GG/128GB model costs CNY 3,499 (approx. Rs. 37,000) whereas the top-end 10GB/256GB variant is priced at CNY 4199 (approx. Rs. 44,500). The phone, available only in Black color, went on sale recently (October 30) in China.