As early scheduled, Xiaomi Black shark Helo is official. The device debuted in China taking from the predecessor while also bringing more fascinating features to the table, at an affordable price.
Xiaomi black shark Helo sports a tall 6.01-inch AMOLED display, featuring 1080 x 2160 px resolution and HDR10 compliant. Just like the predecessor, there is no notch while the refresh rate remains at 60HZ.
Meanwhile, Snapdragon 845 is still found under the hood paired with either 6GB or 8GB RAM and 128GB internal memory space. There is also a premium 10GB RAM variant that will be paired with 256GB. Presumably, both storage options won’t support expansion as there wasn’t any mention of it.
The Xiaomi Black Shark Helo will draw power from a massive 4000mAh battery that charges through USB-C port while supporting Quick Charge 3.0. Out of the box, it will run Android 8.1 Oreo-based on MIUI 10.
Though the device is basically for gaming, Xiaomi has also added some fun with a dual 12MP + 20MP rear camera arrangement. The selfie snapper has a 20MP f/2.2 aperture lens. On the front panel is a stereo speaker while there is an RGB LED illuminated logo at the back and a side RGB strips as well.
Other features of the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo is the vapor chamber for cooling. There’s a dedicated mobile chip by Pixelworks to convert SDR content to HDR during operations. In the midst of all the amazing features, the headphone jack couldn’t make the cut and will surely be a great disappointment to some fan.
Nevertheless, the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo brings some interesting gaming experience and better accessories. The 6GB and 8GB RAM variants come with analog stick while the 10GB RAM version comes with two controllers, each on both side. Xiaomi has also integrated a hardware button that puts the phone into gaming mode on the fly.
On the Shark Helo,, the Gamer Studio app lets you make changes on the CPU, display, network to create different gaming profiles for each game. You can also share these profiles with the Shark Code feature.
Xiaomi black Shark Helo pricing will start at CYN 3,199 translating to $460. The 8GB RAM version will sell at CYN 3,499, about $504 while the premium version (10GB/256GB) price is yet to be disclosed. However, the base variant will be exclusively for the Chinese market start November 10.