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Xiaomi Black Shark 5 arrives with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 and a 144 Hz display

The Black Shark 5 arrives with the Snapdragon 870, a version of the Snapdragon 865. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Black Shark 5 arrives with the Snapdragon 870, a version of the Snapdragon 865. (Image source: Xiaomi)
The Black Shark 5 is one of three new Black Shark smartphones released today. The gaming smartphone relies on the older Snapdragon 870, which Xiaomi has paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage. The Black Shark 5 starts at CNY 2,799 (~US$440) and costs up to CNY 3,299 (~US$518) with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.

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). 

(Image source: Xiaomi)
(Image source: Xiaomi)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-03-30 (Update: 2022-03-30)