Black Shark’s latest smartphones for gamers are the first to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and Snapdragon X55 5G modem. But there are a lot of phones with those specs. What truly make the new Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro phones stand out are their other features aimed at delivering a high-performance mobile gaming experience.

Here are just a few of those features:

  • Display: The Black Shark 3 Pro has a 7.1 inch, 3120 x 1440 pixel AMOLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate, while the Black Shark 3 has a 6.7 inch FHD+ 90 Hz AMOLED screen.
  • Touch response: The phones have a 270 Hz touch response rate for screen touch latency of 24ms.
  • Dual Battery with 65W fast charging: Each phone has two batteries for faster charging. Black Shark says it takes 12 minutes to get a 50-percent charge for the Black Shark 3 Pro or 38  minutes for a full charge. The Black Shark 3 Pro has a total battery capacity of 5,000 mAh, while the Black Shark 3 has a 4,720 mAh capacity.
  • Memory and Storage: Both phones use UFS 3.0 storage and LPDDR5 memory.
  • Liquid Cooling: The company says its 4th-gen liquid cooling system has a “sandwich” structure with coolng pipes on both sides of the system board.
  • Dual “X” Antenna: The X logo on the back also helps with reception.
  • Master button: Users can customize these pop-up/retractable shoulder buttons.

Other features include stereo front-facing speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, triple rear cameras (64MP primary + 13MP ultrawide + 5MP depth), and 4 magnetic charging contacts on the back of the phone for 18W charging when the USB port is in use.

The Black Shark 3 series phones are launching first in China before rolling out in other markets. Here’s a run-down of the Chinese pricing:

Black Shark 3 Pro

  • 8GB/256GB for CNY 4699 ($675)
  • 12GB/256GB for CNY 4999 ($720)

Black Shark 3

  • 8GB/128GB for CNY 3499 ($500)
  • 12GB/128GB for CNY 3799 ($545)
  • 12GB/256GB for CNY 3999 ($575)

Meanwhile Black Shark has also introduced a new set of Bluetooth Ophidian Gaming Earbuds that it says offers low-latency audio. Those will be available globally at launch, with a list price of $99 (or as little as $69 for folks who back the company’s Indiegogo campaign).

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6 replies on “Black Shark 3 Pro is a 5G gaming phone with a 7.1 inch, 90 Hz display”

  1. And (according to gsmarena) it doesn’t have video out over usb-c.
    I don’t know why xaiomi doesn’t do that, if they did I’d find it very difficult to buy from anyone else and convince people that I wasn’t stupid (even if constrained by cellular bands). It arguably makes more sense on a “gaming phone” than ordinary phones.
    So…not like it matters much, but…
    I’m not sure why physical shoulder buttons should need switches to keep them held down when not in use. You’re already making a lot of compromises trying to make it as much of a glowing rectangle as possible, I doubt a more conventional button (like the ones in the volume controls) would be that much of a detriment (especially if you’re going to sell a gamepad).
    Of course, if the phone wasn’t so big, and games ran in 16×9 regardless of the phone’s aspect ratio, they wouldn’t need shoulder buttons at all because the volume buttons would work just fine for that.

  2. Their Black Shark phones have always had pretty spotty availability, unfortunately.

  3. Is that seriously a glowing green dollar sign in the middle of the back of that phone?

      1. Neato.
        Not to mention Xiaomi wants to charge +$720 for it, lol. Sems like they want in on the Apple/Samsung market, pretty ballsy.

        PS: I’m waiting for them to release the GamePad for it. Just look at the logo, which has it. Kind of a knock-off from the Nintendo Switch and Razer JubgleCat.

    1. If you look closely those are two little sharks connected with a “\”.

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