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Xiaomi Black Shark


Xiaomi Black Shark
Xiaomi Black Shark (Black Shark Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 8 x 2.8 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55 (Kryo 385)
Graphics adapter
6144 MB 
5.99 inch 2:1, 2160 x 1080 pixel 403 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 64 GB 
, 58 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: audio output via USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, USB-C
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900), UMTS (850/900/1900/2100MHz), LTE (1/3/4/5/7/8/12/38/39/40/41)), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.3 x 161.6 x 75.4 ( = 0.37 x 6.36 x 2.97 in)
15.2 Wh, 4000 mAh Lithium-Ion, Quick Charge 3.0
Operating System
Android 8.0 Oreo
Primary Camera: 12 MPix f/​1.75, phase detection AF, dual LED flash, videos @2160p/​30fps (main camera); 20.0MP, f/​1.75, depth of field (secondary camera)
Secondary Camera: 20 MPix f/​2.2, videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: speaker at the bottom edge, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, power supply, USB cable, USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter, SIM tool, bumper, cleaning wipes, LTE Cat. 18: up to 1.2 GBit/s (download), 200 MBit/s (upload); SAR value 0.523 W/kg (head), fanless
190 g ( = 6.7 oz / 0.42 pounds), Power Supply: 68 g ( = 2.4 oz / 0.15 pounds)
419 Euro



Average Score: 82.51% - good
Average of 12 scores (from 20 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 84%, features: 75%, display: 84% mobility: 89%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 74%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the Xiaomi Black Shark

86.1% Xiaomi Black Shark Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
The Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone offers a water-cooling system, a metal case in an industrial design, and an optional gamepad. Should gamers get misty-eyed about this phone or will only eccentrics import it from China? Find out in our review.
80% Black Shark review: High-end gaming performance without the cost
Source: Pocket Lint English
For just over £400, the Black Shark is among the most powerful and well-equipped devices to date. It's got a relatively clean software experience, great battery life and a useful gaming mode to keep you focused on play. It's not the perfect phone though – even at this price point.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/27/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
84% Xiaomi Black Shark review: A blast for your buck
Source: Android Authority English
The Xiaomi Black Shark may not be the best at much, but it is a stunning deal for the price. As a gaming machine it will leave most satisfied, and as a phone it competes with the best of the best.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 84%
Xiaomi Black Shark Helo Review: A Smartphone For ‘Gamers’ With More Memory Than PS4 Pro
Source: Igeekphone English
On the basis of the previous model of black shark, the Black Shark Helo has made many improvements in appearance, lighting effect, external release, heat dissipation, etc., which also makes it a more balanced and excellent game phone. If you are a gamer, the Black Shark Helo is still a cost-effective option.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/01/2018
Xiaomi Black Shark Review: Worth-it Gaming Phone?
Source: Manila Shaker English
The Black Shark gaming phone did provide an amazing gaming experience. The graphics were great and the company was able to include features that aids in better game-play. Although I’m sure that some people might complain how the controller is one-sided, it will still depend on the user’s preference. The device’s camera was also decent, admittedly better than some smartphones. What are your thoughts on the Black Shark Gaming Phone? Let me know in the comments.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/30/2018

Foreign Reviews

Xiaomi Black Shark Smartphone mit Gamepad
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/22/2019
78% Xiaomi Black Shark Rasanter Raubfisch im Gaming-Gewässer
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 78% features: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 70%
86% Xiaomi Black Shark Wie gut ist das Smartphone mit dem Gamepad?
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 90% display: 84% mobility: 90%
Das Black Shark braucht kühles Wasser
Source: Spiegel Online German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/18/2018
87% Xiaomi BlackShark
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100%
Xiaomi Black Shark im Performance-Test
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/10/2018
85% Xiaomi Black Shark, análisis: Xiaomi intenta un más por menos también entre los smartphones para jugar
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 95% display: 85% mobility: 88% workmanship: 85%
Xiaomi Black Shark, características y especificaciones
Source: Sin Celular Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; big screen; metal case; excellent cameras; decent speakers; long battery life; quick charging; nice connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/20/2018
82% Recensione Xiaomi Black Shark
Source: Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 75% features: 85% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 85%
84% Recensione Xiaomi Black Shark: il re indiscusso degli smartphone da gaming
Source: Tutto Android Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/08/2018
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 85% features: 95% display: 86% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 58%
Xiaomi Black Shark ci mostra di che pasta è fatto
Source: Italian IT→EN
Positive: Nice gaming performance; elegant design; good display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/19/2018
80% Test du Xiaomi Black Shark : original et performant
Source: French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/12/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Test Du Xiaomi Black Shark : Puissant À Faire Fondre Les Hardcore Gamers
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/15/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
Prise En Main Du Black Shark
Source: Fredzone French FR→EN
Positive: Premium design; great built quality; powerful processor; good cooling system; decent speakers; nice connectivity. Negative: Very thick.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/28/2018
Обзор плюсов и минусов игрового смартфона Xiaomi Black Shark 6/64GB
Source: Mega Obzor RU→EN
Positive: Great display; excellent speakers; nice gaming performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/09/2019
78% Xiaomis spelmobil Black Shark testad
Source: SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/21/2018
Rating: Total score: 78%


Qualcomm Adreno 630: Integrated graphics card in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. According to Qualcomm 30% faster than the old Adreno 540 in the Snapdragon 835 with 30% less power consumption.

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

SD 845: High-end SoC for smartphones that was introduced in early 2018 and manufactured in 10 nm LPP FinFET at TSMC. Integrates 4x Kryo 385 cores (Cortex-A75) at up to 2.8 GHz (max) for performance and 4x Kryo 385 at 1.8 GHz (max) for efficiency. Furthermore offers an X20 LTE modem, ac-WiFi and a dual-channel 32-Bit 1866 MHz LPDDR4x memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.19 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Xiaomi Tech was founded as a Chinese smartphone producer in 2010 and soon reached high market shares in its home market. Although Xiaomi is not one of the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers worldwide in 2016, it is nevertheless one of the big global players in this market segment.

Since 2015 there are many reviews. The ratings have been above average since 2016.

82.51%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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