Xiaomi Black Shark Helo Gaming Phone with 10GB RAM, Dual Liquid Cooling Launched

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo launched price specs gamepad gaming phone
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Xiaomi updates its gaming smartphone with the new Black Shark Helo. The key features being a powerful hardware, cooling system, and aggressive pricing.

The Black Shark Helo features a 6-inch FullHD+ (2046 x 1080 resolution)  AMOLED Display. The refresh rate is still 60Hz, unlike other gaming phones like Asus Rog & Razer Phone 2 that sports a smoother 120Hz. The display is, however, HDR10-complaint and with a dedicated mobile chip by Pixelworks, the SDR contents are converted to HDR in real time.

Internal includes a Snapdragon 845 which is the top of the line chipset on Android smartphones in 2018. There are 2 memory versions: One with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage and the other with 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo price specs

The back sits a dual camera setup of 12MP and 20MP, a similar setup seen on Xiaomi’s flagships Mi Mix 2s and Mi8. There’s also a fingerprint sensor below the rear cameras. The back looks like a gaming phone with a glowing logo which you can customize to the colors of your choice. Also, there’s a LED strip on both sides of the phone.

The front houses a dual stereo speaker and a 20MP selfie camera. Sadly, both the headphone jack and a microSD card slot is missing. There’s a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 Support.

Since it’s a gaming phone, thermals are taken care of by a Vapor Chamber Cooling that uses dual heat pipes near the CPU area to dissipate heat. Xiaomi claims that such a setting can reduce the CPU core temperature by 12 degrees, and then the temperature of the entire phone will be more uniform and feel more comfortable.

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo back

The base variant of 6 or 8GB RAM comes with a single Bluetooth game controller, while the higher end 10GB version gets a dual Bluetooth game controller.

Software-wise, it’s running on Android 8.1 (Oreo) with a customized Joy UI layered on top. There’s a Game Studio app with which you can change hardware settings as per the game.

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo specifications

  • Display: 6.01-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 display, 100% NTSC color gamut
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • CPU: Octa-core 4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver
  • GPU: Adreno 630 GPU
  • Memory: 6GB / 8GB RAM with 128GB storage / 10GB RAM with 256GB
  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) with Joy UI
  • SIM: Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • Back Camera: 12MP with f/1.75 aperture, 1.25µm pixel size, dual-tone LED flash, 20MP secondary camera with f/1.75 aperture, 1.0µm pixel size
  • Front Camera: 20MP front-facing camera with 1.0µm pixel size,  f/2.2 aperture
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor
  • Audio: Dual Smart PA, Hi-Fi Audio, Dual Front Speakers
  • Dimensions: 160×75.25x 8.7mm; Weight: 190g
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 4000mAh with Quick Charge 3.0

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo Price & Availability 

The 6GB/128GB version of the Xiaomi Black Shark is priced at US$460, the 8GB/128GB version costs US$504 and the 10GB/256GB version is priced at US$605. Sadly, its only available in China and there’s no news on its availability elsewhere.

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