After many rumors about the successor to the Xiaomi Black Shark phone, which would be called Black Shark 2, according to what was expected, the Chinese company has changed the script, since the device has just arrived, but not with the “2” in the title . We refer to Black Shark Helo, the firm’s new gaming smartphone which comes with very marked improvements.
This device boasts a larger RAM capacity than any current high-end on the market, making it the first to boast it. What’s more, integrates a highly efficient cooling system which we will talk about next. We present it to you!
The Black Shark Helo It has a different design than its predecessor. It still has an 18:9 screen with a bit of a bezel, but it changes in details. The mobile also has a thin green line that runs along the back and the edges.
A large area of the back of the terminal is covered in glass. This area is where you have the dual rear cameras which are now arranged vertically in a straight line along with the LED flash and fingerprint scanner.
Too is the black shark logo, which now glows thanks to the RGB LED below it. That’s not the only RGB LED on the device; there’s one on each side of the frame that can switch between 16.8 million colors with different effects based on the games you’re playing.
Features and specifications of the Black Shark Helo
The Black Shark Helo has a 6.01-inch diagonal screen.. It’s not just slightly larger than the original, but it’s also an AMOLED screen and not an LCD like the one the Black Shark came with. It also has a dedicated image processing chip that works with the AMOLED display for superior HDR quality. It also has support for DCI-P3 and SRGB to provide a much wider color gamut.
The Helo has the same Snapdragon 845 processor found in many high-end phones released this year, but it is the first commercially available with 10 GB of RAM. Although it also has variants of 8 and 6 GB of RAM, as well as two different internal storage space capacities: 256 and 128 GB. Specifically, the phone is offered in the following versions of RAM and internal memory: 10 + 256 GB, 8 + 128 GB and 6 + 128 GB.
On the other hand, let’s remember that the original device has a liquid cooling system to keep the temperature of the phone low while playing. Well, in the case of the Black Shark Helo, this is improved: there are two liquid cooling pipes with a combined area of 10,000mm². Cooling tubes can reduce CPU temperature by up to 12°C and increase thermal efficiency by up to 20 times.
Regarding the photographic section, the terminal has two rear cameras equipped with artificial intelligence: a 12 MP primary sensor and a 20 MP secondary sensor. The cameras can recognize up to 206 different scenes and take pictures with the bokeh effect as blur. In turn, the front camera is a 20 MP sensor that can also take selfies in portrait mode.
Everything you need for an unrivaled gaming experience
The Helo has very discreet front facing stereo speakers. The audio they provide is significantly better thanks to the larger cutout for the top speaker (symmetrical with the bottom speaker). In addition, it has a Smart PA amplifier and Black Shark’s Biso audio technology. It also features three microphones for clear in-game calls.
On the whole, there are a lot of new features on the software side, such as Gamer Studio, a dedicated app where users can tweak CPU settings, notifications, sounds, and more. There’s also Shark Time, an AI-based feature that automatically records highlights as you play and lets you share them. The shark key is also still there for a one key press performance boost and DND activation.
The company also announced a new gamepad for the Helo.. This has a circular touchpad and XYAB action buttons. They also announced a clip-on cooling case with two cooling fans and ports for charging and audio, and a 3D protective case.
|XIAOMI BLACK SHARK|
|SCREEN||6.01″ FullHD+ AMOLED 2,160 x 1,080p (18:9) with HDR / 450 nits of brightness|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|INTERNAL STORAGE SPACE||128/256GB (UFS 2.1)|
|CAMERAS||Rear: double 12 and 20 MP (f/1.75) / Frontal: 20MP (f/2.2)|
|BATTERY||4,000 mAh with fast charging Quick Charge 3.0|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Android 8.1 Oreo with Joy UI|
|OTHER FEATURES||Rear fingerprint reader. face recognition. Double front speaker. WiFi 802.11ac. USB Type C. Bluetooth 5.0. Dual cooling system. physical keys|
Price and availability
for now, the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo will only be sold in China, and it will be from October 30 under the following prices:
- Xiaomi Black Shark Helo (6GB RAM / 128GB ROM): 3,199 yuan (approx. 402 euros).
- Xiaomi Black Shark Helo (8GB RAM / 128GB ROM): 3,499 yuan (approx. 440 euros).
- Xiaomi Black Shark Helo (10GB RAM / 256GB ROM): 4,199 yuan (approx. 529 euros).