Black Shark has unveiled its third-generation gaming smartphone. The Black Shark 3 is the successor to last year’s Black Shark 2 and arrives with significant upgrades and features. The gaming smartphone is offered in a standard and Pro variant. Both models share most of the same specifications. The Black Shark 3 is the first gaming smartphone of 2020. Let’s take a look at what the device offers out of the box.
Black Shark 3 specifications and features:
Beginning with the display, the standard and Pro variants of Black Shark 3 sport large 6.6 and 7.1-inch screens respectively. The former bears 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (FHD+) resolution while the latter has a resolution of 3,120 x 1,440 pixels (QHD+). Both the devices are fitted with AMOLED panels and a 90Hz refresh rates. The Black Shark 3 features HDR10+, DC Dimming, MEMC 2.0 and a whopping 270Hz touch sampling rate. In terms of design, the back panel of Black Shark 3 retains the ‘X’ shaped design language of the previous generations. There is a triple camera setup with an LED flash inside an inverted triangle-shaped module. The Black Shark 3 Pro is equipped with two mechanical buttons on the side that automatically rises when a game is opened and retracts when closed. The Black Shark 3 is available in four colour options – Black Lightning, Armour Gray, Star Silver and Bright Pink.
Despite being a gaming smartphone, the Black Shark 3 is equipped with a 64MP main camera. It is accompanied by a 13MP and 5MP sensors. The device features a 20MP front snapper for selfies and video calling. It also allows capturing pictures in RAW format.
On the hardware front, the Black Shark 3 houses the flagship Snapdragon 865 processor with an integrated X55 modem for 5G connectivity. It packs LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage technology. The gaming smartphone is equipped with a new ‘Sandwich’ liquid-cooling system (cooling system on both sides of the motherboard) for heat dissipation. The standard Black Shark 3 draws its power from a dual 4,720mAh battery system while the Pro variant is backed by a 5,000mAh unit. Both the devices support 65W fast flash charging. The brand claims that it is capable of charging 2,780mAh battery in 15 minutes on the standard model, and 50 percent in 12 minutes on the Pro variant. The devices also feature a 18W magnetic charging connector on the back. Software-wise, the Black Shark 3 runs on the new JOYUI 11 based on MIUI. It packs a host of gaming-centric features along with industry-first voice control support for Tencent games.
In terms of connectivity, the Black Shark 3 supports dual-mode 5G, dual-band Wi-Fi and X+X antenna architecture. The gaming smartphone also offers a 3.5mm headphone jack that was missing from the previous generation.
Black Shark 3 pricing and availability
The standard Black Shark 3 is priced at RMB 3,499 (~Rs 36,700) for the 8GB+128GB variant. The 12GB+128GB and 12GB+256GB model costs RMB 3,799 (~Rs 39,887) and RMB3,999 (~Rs 42,000) respectively. The Black Shark 3 Pro is available in 8GB+256GB and 12GB+256GB configurations priced at RMB 4,699 (~Rs 49,350) and RMB 4,999 (~Rs 52,500) respectively. The Black Shark 3 goes up on pre-order in China tonight, with sales commencing from March 6th. The Pro variant will go on sale starting on March 17th. International price and availability hasn’t been announced yet, but we can expect the phones to be launched in India.