Before the Nubia Red Magic 5G is officially unveiled, another gaming phone stepped up. Xiaomi’s gaming phone division just announced two new handsets, the Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro.
The major difference between the two is the addition of two physical pop-up shoulder buttons on the Pro version. This gives the phone a console touch, reminding gamers of that user experience. The buttons are 21-millimeter-wide and are supposed to endure one million clicks and over 300,000 lifts. That said, the screen retains its button-mapping quality in the bottom corners of the display. The standard model has only capacitive shoulder buttons.
However, there are slight spec upgrades that can be seen at first glance. The Pro model has a 5,000 mAh battery, while the standard comes with a 4,720mAh cell. It also has a bigger 7.1-inch, 3,120 x 1,440 AMOLED display versus the standard’s 6.67-inch, 2,400 x 1,800 AMOLED display.
Both screens offer a 90Hz refresh rate and a 270Hz touch sampling rate. The Black Shark 3 phones run on Snapdragon 865 chip, support 5G and have a triple camera, dominated by a 64MP main camera, a 13MP ultra wide camera and a 5MP bokeh camera. On the front, you’ll spot a 20MP shooter. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, perfect to plug in your gaming headset.
Battery-wise, you’ll be pretty happy with a 65W fast-charging capability and a 18W magnetic charging plug on the back of the phones.
How is the price?
Black Shark 3 Pro starts at 4,699 yuan ($675) for the 8GB RAM version and 256GB of storage while the standard model will retail for a minimum of 3,499 yuan ($502). There are 12GB of RAM options for both models, but only the Pro pairs it with 512GB of storage.