Here’s the first look at the design of Xiaomi’s Black Shark gaming smartphone

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Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi is gearing up for the launch of its first gaming-centric smartphone, but it will be under its new sub-brand called Black Shark. The phone is set to go official in China on April 13, 2018, and the release date was announced by the company a few days ago.

Recently, a few alleged images of the handset were spotted online, and they claimed to have revealed its design and some hardware details. However, we can now confirm that all those images were fake. Black Shark has teased the design of its first smartphone through its official Weibo handle. The image showcases the silhouette of the phone along with a physical button.

Black Shark Gaming Smartphone: Design Teaser Image

Going by the teaser image, we can see that the device will be sporting a metal body and possibly a screen with 18:9 aspect ratio. On the right side of the phone, there appears to be a switch with a green finish. It appears similar to the notifications slider switch that we’ve come to love on OnePlus smartphones.

Black Shark Gaming Phone: Expected Features

It is being rumoured that the Black Shark phone’s screen will feature Full HD+ resolution (2160×1080 pixels), and the resolution was revealed by the phone’s listing in AnTuTu’s database a few days ago. We can also expect the phone’s screen to feature a refresh rate that’s higher than usual smartphones. It could offer 120Hz refresh rate, similar to that of the Razer Phone which is targeted at gamers. Under the hood, the Black Shark phone has already been confirmed to come equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, and that it will be coupled with 8GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage.

Moving onto the other possible features of the phone, we can expect it run Android 8.0 or 8.1 Oreo out of the box. It isn’t known whether the phone will run stock Android interface or Xiaomi’s MIUI software. It is also possible that the phone runs a completely new interface that offers features that could make life easier for smartphone gamers. It is also being rumoured that the device will feature aviation-class cooling system and a top-class digital signal processor (DSP) for better gaming experience.

With only a few days remaining ahead of the phone’s launch, we might get to learn more details about the Black Shark gaming phone. Similar to the first official teaser, the company might release more images leading up to the launch of the phone. Stay tuned to us to learn more about the phone. We will be covering its launch on April 13 along with other vital information such as its features, specifications, launch date and pricing.