03 March 2020
Xiaomi-backed Black Shark has revealed that it is working on a 5G-enabled smartphone. The announcement was made by Black Shark CEO and founder Wu Shimin who said that the team already built a prototype. This is an important piece of information as it means the team has made significant progress in the development phase.
Shimin further said that the Black Shark 5G prototype is currently in the debugging stage. The team is hopeful of launching the smartphone in the first half of 2020. This suggests that we should expect to see the smartphone before July 2020 which is exactly one year away from now. He did not offer any details related to 5G partnerships with carriers but they should become public with time.
As of now, Black Shark is busy with preparing for the launch of a new gaming smartphone next week. It will be called the Black Shark 2 Pro and feature recently released Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset. It is an improved version of the standard Snapdragon 855 with overclocked CPU and GPU cores. The first smartphone with the new processor is Asus ROG Phone 2 which was announced earlier today.
This upcoming phone will be a successor to the Black Shark 2 which is only three months old. Talking about the reason behind such a quick refresh, Shimin said that they wanted to stay updated with Qualcomm's flagship chipset offerings. Since they announced a new processor, the team decided to release a new smartphone. This makes us believe that the "Pro" variant will not have many differences except for the new processor.