Xiaomi's "Blackshark" gaming phone spotted in AnTuTu benchmarks
Gaming smartphones are not at all a new revolutionary concept. Back in the early 2000s, Nokia released the N-Gage model in hopes of setting a new trend, but the idea seemed a bit too ahead of its time, so the N-Gage faded into history, just like Nokia after the release of all the Android and Apple smartphones. Sony also tried its hand at a gaming smartphone, backed by solid expertise from the PSP, but that model did not do well either. Last year, Razer decided to test the waters with its so-called “gaming phone” and users were quite pleased with the performance, but criticized the usual phone functions that were mostly sub-par. Coming from Razer, the idea of gaming smartphones seems to have become a trend now, since earlier this year Asus went ahead and announced a gaming model of its own, and now, even Xiaomi is preparing to launch a gaming-oriented device.
There already were some rumors about a gaming smartphone codenamed “Blackshark” coming from Xiaomi, and these look to be confirmed with a recent spec leak included in the AnTuTu benchmark. Xiaomi has recently invested in a mobile-making company named Black Shark Tech Inc., which apparently has offered its expertise for the development of the gaming smartphone. The leaked specs reveal that the “Blackshark” is powered by the upcoming Snapdragon 845 SoC which integrates the Adreno 630 GPU and is coupled with 8 GB of system RAM. Then there is the 32 GB internal storage that seems to be a bit on the low side for a gaming device. Of course, the 2160 x 1080 is again in the ubiquitous 2:1 ratio, and the device will be running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
AnTuTu also mentions that the “Blackshark” managed to score 270,680 points, which is similar to what the ZTE Nubia NX606J scored, and a bit better than the Galaxy S9+’s 265,267 score. Xiaomi is expected to reveal the gaming device around at MWC next week.