Xiaomi has launched the Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro, the successors to the Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 Pro gaming smartphones. The duo has been launched in China and will likely make a trip to the other markets soon.
Both the smartphones design-wise look similar and almost bear the same internal hardware. However, differences are reflected in display size & resolution, battery capacity, as well as the storage configuration.
In terms of pricing, despite wielding top-of-the-line specs and features the smartphones fall in the affordable ballpark. The Black Shark 3 starts at CNY3,499 (Approx. USD502) for the base 8GB RAM+128GB storage model followed by CNY3,799 (Approx. USD545) for the intermediate 12GB RAM+128GB storage model. The top-end 12GB RAM+256GB storage variant, however, costs CNY4,999 (Approx. USD717).
On the other hand, the Black Shark 3 Pro is priced at CNY4,699 (Approx. USD675) for the 8GB RAM+256GB storage model and CNY4,999 (Approx. USD717) for the 12GB RAM+256GB storage model.
The vanilla Black Shark 3 will go on sale starting March 6 in Lightning Black, Armor Gray, and Star Silver color options. The Black Shark 3 Pro will hit the shelves later i.e. on March 17 clad in Phantom Black and Armor Gray paint jobs.
Diving into the specifications, the Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro respectively come with a 6.7-inch and 7.1-inch display equipped with 90H refresh rates and 270Hz touch sampling rates. However, the Black Shark 3 comes with FHD+ resolution versus the QHD+ resolution of the Black Shark 3 Pro.
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Both the smartphones look rugged to be recognized as the dedicated gaming device. Both the phones have bezels on top and bottom that are conspicuously thicker since the devices lack a notch or a punch hole.
Both Black Shark 3 and 3 Pro bear the metal sandwich design with an unusual camera module on the glass back adding to the quirkiness of the gaming phones.
Under the hood, the Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro both are powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC paired with Snapdragon X55 5G modem. The Black Shark 3 packs 8GB/12GB RAM and 128GB/256GB UFS 3.0 built-in storage. The Black Shark 3 Pro also makes use of 8GB/12GB RAM but goes with only a single 256GB internal storage configuration.
Both the smartphones run Android 10 based-on Joy UI and utilize 65W fast charging brick that can charge the battery in just 38 minutes, regardless the Black Shark 3 has a 4,720mAh battery and the Black Shark 3 Pro houses a slightly bigger 5,000mAh battery.
Talking about the cameras, both the phones have a triple rear camera setup comprising a 64MP primary sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, a 20MP camera takes care of the selfies and video chatting tasks on both smartphones.
Amongst other worth-mentioning features, both Black Shark 3 and 3 Pro come with liquid cooling system for heat dissipation, 18W magnetic dock at the back, under-display fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port, and 3.5mm audio jack which was missing on the Black Shark 2 series.