Gaming Smartphones have come a long way these past couples of years with handheld innovation improving at a constant rate. The Xiaomi Black Shark gaming smartphone proved to be a smart contender in the handheld gaming space but it didn’t receive as much attention due to its availability only in China and select regions. Previous leaks showcased the body of the smartphone and even a hands-on video.
This time around Xiaomi has decided to take a much more international approach with the black shark 2. Since Xiaomi plans on releasing the smartphone this month we won’t be seeing the new Snapdragon 855 SoC which is a shame since the Snapdragon 855 will aim to make 5G technology mainstream. The leaked speculation on “Geekbench” proved that the Black Shark 2 will rock the mainstream 845 SoC paired with 8 gigs of RAM. One thing which stood out was the Android version being 8.1 Oreo instead of the latest 9.0 Pie.
Looking at the Geekbench score leaked and the one from the Pocophone, it seems that Xiaomi has fine-tuned the hardware for the Black Shark given that the Pocophone F1 also rocks a Snapdragon 845 but has a substantially lower single core score of 2046 & a multicore score of 7520. One thing which will matter the most will be the battery life and how Xiaomi tries to overcome this obstacle. For any handheld gaming device, battery life is crucial and providing a fairly long usage time is considered to be a feature in most cases.
Over the years game development for smartphones has improved drastically providing stunning visuals and offer non-stop entertainment. Games like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite Battle Royale take further advantage of the hardware and allows manufacturers to actually innovate on the base idea of a gaming smartphone.
With the Razer Phone 2 already announced, Xiaomi’s Black Shark is surely going to give a tough time to Razer. Xiaomi has already proved itself with the Pocophone F1 delivering immense value for an amazing price. In our exclusive interview with Xiaomi, they discussed their future plans and how they plan on making the future of the brand and it is safe to say that things are certainly looking great for Xiaomi.
For now, all we can do is wait and hope that Xiaomi brings something new to the plate not only for the Asian markets but internationally as well.