Xiaomi announces the Black Shark Helo gaming smartphone. Features AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845, and 10GB RAM.
Black Shark Helo
Barely six months have passed since the Black Shark was unveiled and Xiaomi already announced its successor — the Black Shark Helo. The follow up to the popular gaming smartphone features incremental updates while maintaining its gamer feel.
The Black Shark Helo ditches the LCD and comes with a 6.01-inch AMOLED display with 2160 x 1080 resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen still doesn’t offer a variable refresh rate unlike its competitors, and it doesn’t have a notch either.
The gaming phone still maintains its gamer aesthetic (in that it glows) like the previous model. It also comes with gaming features such as the vapor cooling chamber and a Gamer Studio app that lets users tweak various settings for optimal play.
Like its predecessor, the Black Shark Helo runs on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 6/8GB RAM and 128GB storage. On its highest configuration, this one comes with a whopping 10GB RAM and 256GB storage.
It has a fingerprint sensor and dual 12MP + 20MP cameras at the back, as well as an RGB illuminated logo.
The gaming phone is powered by a large 4,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.
The Black Shark Helo comes with a new set of game controllers much like the Nintendo Switch. The 6GB variant is priced at CNY3,199 (roughly PHP24,900 or USD460) with the 8GB coming in at CNY3,499 (PHP28,000 or USD500). The 10GB/256GB variant, on the other hand, will cost you CNY4,199 (PHP33,000 or USD600). The will be available in China starting November 10.
Xiaomi Black Shark Helo specs:
- 6.01-inch Full HD AMOLED Display (2160 x 1080, 402 ppi)
- 18:9 Aspect Ratio, HDR Support
- Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor
- Adreno 630 GPU
- 6/8/10GB RAM
- 128/256GB Storage
- Dual Rear Cameras, 12MP (f/1.8) + 20MP (f/1.8), 2x Zoom, PDAF, Dual Tone Flash
- 20MP Front Camera, f/2.2
- 4G LTE
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Dual band
- Bluetooth 5.0
- GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BDS
- USB Type-C Port
- Fingerprint Scanner (Rear)
- Stereo Speakers
- Vapor Chamber Cooling
- MIUI, Android 8.0 Oreo
- Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.96 x 0.34 in, 190g
- 4,000 mAh Battery, Quick Charge 3.0