We were talking about the new device to be launched by Xiaomi. We saw a leaked poster and some specs and to our surprise Xiaomi did launched a new device but the device was not named Black Shark 2. The new device launched is Xiaomi Black Shark Helo. Black Shark doesn’t want to call this a direct successor to the Black Shark Gaming Phone probably because they have the same processor.
Black Shark Helo Design:
The Black Shark Helo has a completely different design from its predecessor. It still has an 18:9 display with a bit of bezel but it now has symmetrically designed front-facing cameras. The Helo also has a green thin line that goes around the front and rear of the phone.
The back is largely covered in glass with the pattern from the original Black Shark underneath the Glass. The dual cameras which are now vertically arranged in a straight line with the LED flash and fingerprint scanner.
There is also the Black Shark logo which now glows thanks to the RGB LED underneath. That isn’t the only RGB LED on the device. There is one on each side of the frame that can change between 16.8 million colors with different effects based on the games you are playing.
Black Shark Helo Features:
The Black Shark Helo comes with a slightly bigger than the original 6.01-inch 18:9 display. The panel is an AMOLED with support for DCI-P3 and SRGB color gamut. The display also has a dedicated image processing chip that works with the AMOLED display for superior HDR quality.
The Black Shark Helo comes loaded with Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with a whopping 10GB RAM. The device beats the Mi MIX 3, which is scheduled to launch on25th October. The 10GB RAM version has 256GB of storage. There is a 6GB RAM version with 128GB of storage and an 8GB RAM version, also with 128GB of storage.
The Helo is loaded with two liquid cooling pipes with a combined area of 10000mm². The cooling pipes can reduce the CPU’s temperature by up to 12°C and increases thermal efficiency by up to 20 times.
The Black Shark Helo has dual rear AI cameras – a 12MP primary sensor and a 20MP secondary sensor. The cameras can recognize up to 206 different scenes and take bokeh images. The front camera is a 20MP sensor that can also take portrait mode selfies. Sitting below the rear cameras is a fingerprint scanner.
The Helo has front-facing stereo speakers. The audio should be significantly better now, thanks to the larger cut-out for the top speaker (symmetrical with the bottom speaker). There is a Smart PA amplifier and Black Shark’s own Biso audio technology. It also has 3 microphones for clear calls during gaming. Black Shark says the Helo has improved signal reception thanks to its X+1 antennas.
Gaming features and Accessories:
here are a bunch of new features on the software side too such as Gamer Studio – a dedicated app where users can tweak CPU settings, notifications, sounds, and more. There is also Shark Time – an AI-based feature that automatically records highlights while you are playing games and allows you to share them. The Shark Key is also still there for one-key push performance boost and DND activation.
Black Shark 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.
Black Shark Helo Specifications:
|Specifications||Black Shark Helo|
|Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|Dimensions||160 x 75.2 x 8.7 mm|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Type||AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.01 inches, (~77.5% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)|
|Display Feature||100% DCI-P3 coverage, HDR support|
|OS||Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)|
|RAM||6/8/10 GB RAM|
|SD Card slot||No|
|Internal Storage||128 GB for 6/8 GB RAM, 256 for 10GB RAM|
|Primary Rear Camera||12 MP, f/1.8, 1.25µm, dual pixel PDAF|
|Secondary Rear Camera||20 MP, f/1.8, 1.0µm, AF, 2x optical zoom|
|Features||Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps|
|Primary Front Camera||20 MP, f/2.2, 1.0µm|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery|
Black Shark Helo Pricing and Availability:
The Black Shark Helo is priced at Rs. 33,990 (~460$) for the 6GB RAM variant, Rs. 36,990for 8GG RAM variant and Rs. 44,550 for the 10GB RAM variant. The 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM models are already available for purchase on the Youpin site and will come with a free Black Wings left-hand gamepad. There is no word on the availability of any of the variant in India.