Xiaomi Black Shark 5 arrives with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 and a 144 Hz display
Xiaomi has unveiled three Black Shark 5 series handsets today, including the entry-level Black Shark 5. For some reason, the Black Shark 5 resembles the Black Shark 5 Pro, while the Black Shark 5 RS does not. Regardless, the Black Shark 5 come with a last-generation SoC in the shape of the Snapdragon 870. The Black Shark 5 will only be available with a choice of one chipset too, unlike the Black Shark 5 RS.
Additionally, the Black Shark 5 has LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage and a 4,650 mAh battery. For reference, the Black Shark 5 does not have a built-in SSD like the Black Shark 5 RS and Black Shark 5 Pro. Still, the Black Shark 5 utilises the same 6.67-inch AMOLED display as the Black Shark 5 RS, which also has a 144 Hz refresh rate and a 1080p native resolution. Likewise, the Black Shark 5 and Black Shark 5 RS have the same 64 MP, 13 MP and 5 MP rear-facing camera set up.
Similarly, Xiaomi will start selling the Black Shark 5 from April 2 in China. Unfortunately, there has been no confirmation of a global release. If the Black Shark 4 Pro is anything to go by, it could be a while before the Black Shark 5 launches outside Xiaomi's home market. The Black Shark 5 starts at CNY 2,799 (~US$440) with 8 GB of RAM and rises to CNY 2,999 (~US$471), both with 128 GB of storage. Alternatively, the handset will be available with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage for CNY 3,299 (~US$518).