26 February 2020
Black Shark 3 series has gone official with some impressive set of specifications and features. Being the gaming-centric phones, the Black Shark 3 and the Black Shark 3 Pro, include some specific gaming features and modes to let the mobile gamers play with ease. Black Shark has partnered with Tencent Games for the new 5G-powered gaming phones.
Black Shark 3 and its Pro models are both similar in many aspects. Their designs look identical, both have been built using metal and glass and there are no holes or cutouts on the display. The cooling system is further improved for sustained performance during demanding games. The new system has a sandwich-like structure to keep the core cool and allow Snapdragon 865 to even churn its performance even better. The new solution that has been implemented with double heat pipes compared to the previous generation.
However, the Black Shark 3 Pro has an advantage over the non-Pro model and that is the new pop-up triggers which Black Shark likes to call Master Buttons. These are like shoulder buttons which are physical for better tactile feedback when you play games. Black Shark ensures at least 300,000 pop-ups without any issues.
On the back, the triple cameras are arranged in an upside-down triangular-like module with chamfered corners. They both have 64MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, 13MP ultra-wide unit is 13MP and the third camera is 5MP depth sensor. On the front, the device has a 20MP selfie camera, placed on the top bezel.
Both the phones, Black Shark 3 and the Black Shark 3 Pro have 3.5mm headphone jack, front-facing stereo speakers, USB-C, UFS 3.0 storage, and LPDDR5 RAM. Both phones have four pressure-sensitive zones on their screens.
Black Shark 3 and the Black Shark 3 Pro phones differ in terms of screen size, battery, and storage options. The screen size differs but both the phones support 90Hz refresh rates and a dedicated MEMC chip for interpolating content to 90fps. Both the devices also sport a 270Hz touch sampling rate and have record low latency of 24ms.
The Pro model comes with 18W charging and magnetic charger support so that you can refuel the battery without any problem in the middle of your game. The Pro model has a 5,000mAH battery with 65W wired fast-charging support that makes your device ready for the next long gaming session. The company claims that it takes only 12 minutes to reach 50% and 38 minutes to fully charge. And, in case you need it more for even longer hours, you can just snap the magnetic charger on the back and continue your playing.
|Specifications||Black Shark 3||Black Shark 3 Pro|
|Display||6.67-inch (2400 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 20:9 90Hz display||7.1-inch (3120 × 1440 pixels) Quad HD+ 19.5:9 90Hz display|
|Processor||Snapdragon 865 at 2.84GHz||Snapdragon 865 at 2.8GHz|
|RAM||8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM||8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM|
|Rear cameras||64MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, LED flash, 13MP 120° ultra-wide sensor with f/2.25 sensor, 5MP camera with f/2.2 aperture for portrait shots||64MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, LED flash, 13MP 120° ultra-wide sensor with f/2.25 sensor, 5MP camera with f/2.2 aperture for portrait shots|
|Front camera||20MP with f/2.2 aperture||20MP with f/2.2 aperture|
|OS||Android 10||Android 10|
|Battery||4720mAh battery with 65W fast charging||5000mAh battery with 65W fast charging|
|Connectivity options||3.5mm headphone audio jack, 5G SA / NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ax (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, USB Type-C||3.5mm headphone audio jack, 5G SA / NSA, Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ax (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, USB Type-C|
Black Shark has launched its new phones in China first and it will soon reveal the details of the overseas launch as well.
The Black Shark 3 comes in three color options - Lightning Black, Armor Gray, and Star Silver, while the Pro is offered only in Phantom Black and Armor Gray.
Black Shark 3 will go on sale from March 6 starting at CNY 3,499 ($500) for the 8GB/128GB model and the Black Shark 3 Pro costs CNY 4,699 ($675) for the base 8GB/256GB configuration and will be made available from March 17.