Black Shark may be Xiaomi's gaming sub-brand Image: Twitter
Xiaomi might be getting ready to jump aboard the gaming smartphone bandwagon with its sub-brand Black Shark and the first smartphone of the line-up may not be very far away. The smartphone dubbed 'blackshark' recently appeared on benchmarking website Antutu and the specifications suggest flagship tier premium hardware, with a powerful GPU to facilitate gaming.
Xiaomi reportedly recently acquired Black Shark, a mobile gaming company, in order to create devices for smartphone gaming. According to the Antutu listing, the 'blackshark' smartphone packs the flagship-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Soc along with a powerful Adreno 630 GPU, 8GB RAM and 32GB storage. The device seems to be running an Android 8.0 Oreo-based OS, possibly MIUI. The phone is expected to sport a full-HD+ (1080x2160) screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio.
An interesting aspect of the leak is the device's Antutu score of 270,680, which is higher than all the leaked benchmarks of the Samsung's upcoming flagship- the Galaxy S9 Plus. The highest S9 Plus benchmark scores we have seen thus far is in the region of 266,000.
However, we don't have enough details about the smartphone yet to ascertain a gaming-related feature yet. The gaming-focused Razer Phone, launched in November last year, sports an 'UltraMotion' display with refresh rates up to 120Hz for a smoother gaming experience.
Other smartphone manufacturers like ASUS and Samsung are also reportedly working on gaming-centric smartphones.