Xiaomi has finally launched the second edition of its Black Shark gaming smartphones. The Xiaomi Black Shark Helo packs in a bunch of significant improvements over its predecessor.
Xiaomi Black Shark Helo: Full specifications
20MP, f/2.2 aperture
FHD+, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 60Hz refresh rate
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Android 8.1 Oreo
Starting things off with the display, the Black Shark Helo packs in a 6.01-inch FHD+ AMOLED display giving out a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and a 60Hz refresh rate. The screen has an aspect ratio of 18:9. Considering the competition, we would be happier to see a better screen. That said, it is not bad by any means.
Under the hood, the Black Shark Helo comes powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 6GB/8GB/10GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of internal storage. To keep things running buttery smooth, there is a liquid cooling system in the form of a vapor chamber incorporated with the SoC.
The 10GB/256GB variant is going to be a premium variant of the device, the price of which has still not been revealed.
Moving on to the cameras of the device, the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo features a dual camera setup at the back (12MP +20MP) and a 20MP, f/2.2 aperture selfie snapper. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, but you can also unlock the device using the facial unlocking mechanism.
For a rich gaming experience, the device comes with dual front-firing speakers. The rear and the sides of the device have an RGB LED-illuminated logo and strips respectively which add to the overall gaming experience.
There is a dedicated Gamer Studio app which lets you set your preferred gaming profile by tweaking the CPU and the display as per your needs. You can also share the profile using the Shark Code feature.
Just like its predecessor, the Black Shark Helo also comes with a gamepad (the 10GB variant, in fact, has a special controller for each side of the device).
Moving on to the price of the device, while the 6GB variant of the Black Shark Helo would cost you around CNY3,199 ($460), the beefier 8GB variant would set you back a little more, $505 to be precise. Looking at the price the device is being offered at, the Black Shark Helo is definitely a head turner.
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