Black Shark 3 and 3 Pro debut with 90Hz OLEDs and magnetic charging

Ro, 03 March 2020

Xiaomi's sub-brand, Black Shark, has just released its new gaming smartphones with tons of cool gaming-centric features. The phones are intended for China first and will later become available to the global market, as per the company's strategies of the past.

Black Shark 3 Pro

The Pro version offers a couple of extra features on top of the non-Pro version and also has a bigger screen. The Black Shark 3 Pro is built around a massive 7.1-inch QHD+ OLED panel running at 90Hz. It also boasts the world's fastest 270Hz touch-sampling rate as well.

Black Shark 3 and 3 Pro debut with 90Hz OLEDs and magnetic charging

It's up to a Snapdragon 865 chipset to drive all those pixels, and it's needless to say that the phone supports 5G connectivity as well. WiFi 6 support is also on the specs sheet. The phone can be coupled with either 8 or 12GB of RAM, but only the 12GB version comes with the latest LPDDR5 memory, the 8GB settles for the LPDDR4X. Storage-wise, there is only one version and it's 256GB.

Black Shark 3 and 3 Pro debut with 90Hz OLEDs and magnetic charging

The handset comes with a 64MP main camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 13MP ultrawide unit and a 5MP depth sensor. The selfie camera has a 20MP sensor.

And now the best part. The Black Shark 3 Pro comes with a massive 5,000 mAh battery and supports blazing-fast 65W charging. Xiaomi says it can go from flat to 100% in just 38 minutes. And if you are in the middle of a game and need a refuel, you can snap a magnetic charger on the back of the phone that doesn't go quite as fast but 18W would do just fine during a gaming session. After all, you won't have to deal with tangling cables sticking out from the USB-C port.

Black Shark 3 and 3 Pro debut with 90Hz OLEDs and magnetic charging

Another advantages of the Pro model is the new pop-up triggers. The touch-sensitive air triggers from the previous version of the phone are replaced with physical pop-up buttons, and Black Shark promises they can last at least 300,000 presses without any issues.

Black Shark 3 and 3 Pro debut with 90Hz OLEDs and magnetic charging

Black Shark 3

The vanilla version employs a smaller 6.67-inch screen and lower FHD+ resolution, lacks the pop-up triggers, and offers a smaller 4,720 mAh battery. Another difference is in the storage variants - 8GB/128GB, 12GB/128GB and 12GB/256GB. The rest is pretty much the same.

Black Shark 3 and 3 Pro debut with 90Hz OLEDs and magnetic charging

In fact, from a design standpoint, both phones are identical - metal and glass have been used for the build, there are no holes or cutouts on the display on the front and, an improved sandwich-like cooling solution has been implemented with double the heat pipes compared to the previous generation. It's also cool that unlike the Black Shark 2 and 2 Pro, the 3 and the 3 Pro have 3.5mm audio jacks.

Black Shark 3 and 3 Pro debut with 90Hz OLEDs and magnetic charging

The vanilla model comes in three colors - Lightning Black, Armor Gray, and Star Silver, while the Pro is offered only in Phantom Black and Armor Gray.

Black Shark 3 will go on sale from March 6 starting at CNY 3,499 ($500) for the 8GB/128GB model while the Black Shark 3 Pro's price will be CNY 4,699 ($675) for the base 8GB/256GB configuration and it will be made available from March 17.


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  • RanyGames
  • 09 Dec 2020
  • Nqt

Should I Buy the 3 or The 3 Pro the difference is the popup triggers and small battery stuff and the device is kinda smaller, no one is gonna reply but whatever, I'm just gonna post this...

Well true but i would like to have 64GB ram 16 is just not enough. And a phone which can run upcomming Doom Eternal on full details without even a single lagg or delay :-)

Well dedicated buttons its remmind me of old gaming phones of 2000s era.

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