At the front, the main difference between the Black Shark
and the Black Shark Helo is with the new phone sporting an AMOLED screen instead of LCD. The CPU is the same on both devices, but the new cooling system is said to improve performance and keep the phone steady for longer sessions. Storage also sees a bump where the base variant of the new phone offers 128GB in place of the older device’s 64GB. Also, the top end variant goes up to 256GB of storage with 10GB of RAM. The aesthetics are also vastly improved with the new phone even offering RGB lighting on its back and sides. However, there are some specifications of the two phones that are pretty much identical. They have the same camera configurations and battery sizes. Both miss out on the 3.5mm headphone jack and require you to use a Type-C dongle for wired headphone connectivity. Both charge over USB Type-C and offer rear-mounted fingerprint sensors. With that said, the new controllers of the Black Shark Helo look far more functional when compared to the one that comes with the original Black Shark. As for pricing, the base variant of the Black Shark comes in at CNY 2,999 and offers 6GB of RAM with 64GB. While the base variant of the Black Shark Helo is priced higher at CNY 3,199, it offers 128GB of storage. The 8GB RAM + 128GB storage models of both phones are priced at CNY 3,499. In both situations, the newer Black Shark Helo offers a more compelling reason to purchase it with much-appreciated improvements at appropriate pricing.