Is this the first smartphone from Xiaomi’s new gaming sub-brand?


A few days ago, it was being reported that Xiaomi is gearing up for the launch of its new subsidiary brand ‘Blackshark’, which will make gaming-focussed devices. Blackshark’s official social media account was registered on Weibo recently, which gave us a hint that the first phone from the company could be launched soon. It was reported that the smartphone could come with high-end specifications, aviation-class cooling system, and top-class digital signal processor (DSP).

BlackShark Phone: Leaked Specifications, AnTuTu Score

Now, AnTuTu has confirmed the presence of Blackshark phone that has appeared in its database. The model number of the first Blackshark phone is unspecified right now, but we can see that it has top-notch specifications. Going by the phone’s AnTuTu score, the first Blackshark phone might come with a Full HD+ resolution (2160×1080 pixels) and 18:9 aspect ratio. Needless to say, the phone can offer higher frame rate along with good resolution and a big screen. All these aspects make up for a good phone for gaming. Let’s have a look at the rest of the specifications of the device.


As far as the hardware of the phone goes, it will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with 64-bit octa-core Kryo CPU and Adreno 630 GPU for smooth gaming performance, web browsing, and other day-to-day tasks. Furthermore, there’s 8GB of RAM which can be a cherry on the cake for the gamers, allowing the phone to handle anything users throw at it (in terms of gaming titles). Although the combination of 32GB of ROM and 8GB of RAM looks weird, the phone will most probably be released with at least 64GB of internal storage. There could be a 128GB storage variant of the device as well.

The handset also has scored 2,70,680 points which is not that great since the upcoming smartphones, the Galaxy S9 and the Zenfone, have scored 2,65,267 points and 2,38,129 points, respectively.

BlackShark Phone: The Competition

On the software front, the Blackshark smartphone appears to be running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, but it will be interesting to see if it runs stock Android, MIUI, or a completely new UI that is tuned for gaming. However, the real-life performance of the phone could be much better with the final version of the software. With the kind of competition that’s present in the market, the first Blackshark phone will face a lot of heat from devices such as the iPhone X, Galaxy S9/S9+, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, and the Razer Phone.