Xiaomi Black Shark 3 review: Best for gamers

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Two-minute review

How about we utilize the Black Shark 3 best for gamers to play ‘Xiaomi bingo’, seeing which of the normal ascribes of the Chinese telephone brand are on offer with this handset from its gaming-centered sub-brand. 

Genuinely top-end specs? Check. A sticker price that is lower than different gadgets with comparative specs? Check. Shockingly great camera? Check. A working framework brimming with bloatware with a couple of huge issues? No – and that is one element we’re glad to discover is missing. 

Dark Shark has recently minimized its relationship with Xiaomi, yet that appears to be more a PR position than an impression of any split between the organizations. The Black Shark 3 is a Xiaomi telephone in the most ideal manner conceivable, and there’s a ton to like with regards to it – in case you’re an ardent versatile gamer, that is. 

The Black Shark 3 is an extraordinary telephone for the versatile gamer: between its top-end processor, tons of RAM, enormous screen, and game launcher application that utilizes enhancements to boost execution, individuals who end up investing most of their telephone energy playing Fortnite, Call of Duty Mobile and other such titles will be more than content with what they’re arriving. 

While the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 is most certainly worth looking at, we’d be delinquent on the off chance that we didn’t specify its contemporary, the Nubia Red Magic 5G. That gaming telephone has fundamentally the same as specs however it’s diverse in two key ways: it has a 144Hz max screen invigorate rate, much preferable for gaming over the Black Shark’s limit of 90Hz, and in many areas, it’s likewise somewhat less expensive. 

All things considered, the Black Shark 3 has a ton to suggest it, particularly to devoted photographic artists and enthusiasts of the Shark Space gaming mode, so in case you’re on the lookout for an incredible gaming telephone, read on. 

There’s likewise a Black Shark 3 Pro coming which has a greater screen, quicker charging and actual trigger fastens as an afterthought, which will be a far better telephone for gaming, however, it will not be light on your wallet.

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Price and availability

There are two Black Shark 3 delivery dates as the two models, separated by RAM and extra room, were delivered on various occasions in June 2020, with the Black Shark 3 Pro accessible later in the year. 

Assuming you need the Black Shark 3 with 8GB RAM and 128GB stockpiling, which we tried, you’ll be paying $599/£539 (around AU$950, albeit given the point of reference we don’t anticipate that it should dispatch in Australia). The 12GB RAM and 256GB variant of the telephone costs $729/£649 (generally AU$1,150). 

The telephone comes in dark or dim variations, however, the dim one isn’t accessible in the 12GB/256GB combo, so assuming you need this specced-up form you’ll need to purchase a dark telephone. 

There is a scope of discretionary additional peripherals you can purchase to add to your Black Shark 3: the FunCooler and FunCooler Pro are gadgets you append to your gadget to keep it cool while you’re gaming, and there’s likewise an attractive charging link that allows you to control up your telephone without utilizing the USB-C port (inclining further toward this later), a left-hand-side gamepad for the gadget (however not a right one, inquisitively), in addition to different cases, earphones, and that’s just the beginning. 

Every one of these will impair you a piece, albeit close to non-Black Shark counterparts.


The Black Shark 3 is a stout telephone, so stay away from it in case you’re searching for something reduced that you can undoubtedly haul around in a pocket. 

It estimates 168.7 x 77.3 x 10.4mm, so it’s perhaps the thickest telephone around, just as tallest, if by some stroke of good luck by several millimeters. At 222g it’s probably the heaviest handset as well. All things considered, it doesn’t come close to the significantly greater Pro model, so this isn’t the greatest phablet you can purchase. 

A telephone this huge can be somewhat difficult to convey about – it was a perceptible presence in pant pockets, and when we put it in shallower shorts pockets it was continually jabbing out the top, so this is a telephone you might need to keep in your coat or pack. The telephone is additionally somewhat difficult to hold one-gave, except if you have large hands, with the force button out of simple reach for instance. 

We’ve never needed to do this with a telephone previously, and we’d get it had something to do with the situation of the jack joined with the size of the telephone (and maybe the condition of our pant pockets). 

The edges of the telephone aren’t adjusted, as on most telephones, yet are precise, meeting at an edge that goes around the center of the handset. It’s not awkward to hold, yet a gadget with adjusted edges may feel better in the hand of many individuals. 

The plan on the back may shout ‘gamer’ rather uproariously, yet we’d contend that it isn’t unpleasant, just like the case with the previously mentioned Nubia Red Magic 5G or the Asus ROG telephones, and the dark variant we tried looks pretty downplayed and smooth – it would positively surpass a portion of its opponents in a manner challenging.


The Black Shark 3 has a genuinely enormous showcase – as a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen it’s on the huge side (even in 2020, when we’ve seen various palm-extending telephones), yet is predominated by its 7.1-inch Pro kin. 

The screen goal is 1080 x 2400 (or 2K), so while it doesn’t arrive at the 2.5K goal of some non-gaming telephones, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Oppo Find X2, it looks great. Shadings look punchy, which is extraordinary for the many games that depend on a brilliant workmanship style, even though we felt the maximum screen splendor was somewhat low. 

The Black Shark 3 has a maximum screen invigorate pace of 90Hz, which you can tone down to 60Hz to save battery assuming you need it. This is a little slower than the 120Hz a few telephones have, and a decent piece lower than the 144Hz of the Nubia Red Magic 5G, so individuals needing the super-smooth looking over the experience that high revive rates bring might need to look somewhere else. Saying that, not all games let you use super-high revive rates in any significant manner whatsoever second, your gaming experience might be hampered in case you’re playing the games that help 144Hz or 120Hz. 

Xiaomi has made a perceptible push towards incorporating consistently on shows in its 2020 telephones; the Black Shark 3 is the most recent to get this component, and you can select a scope of plans to enhance the screen when you’re not utilizing the telephone. 

Dissimilar to the consistently on shows on another gadget, however, you can’t take a look at your notices from the consistently in plain view past seeing the application symbol, or change music tracks when tuning in, so it’s ostensibly somewhat less valuable than it very well maybe.

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The Black Shark 3 has a 64MP f/1.8 primary camera, which is cooperated with 13MP f/2.3 super wide and 5MP f/2.2 profundity detecting snappers. As we’ve referenced, we were dazzled with the photos we took on the telephone, given this isn’t a handset that is planned with photography as its fundamental concentration, however it bodes well given we were additionally intrigued by pictures taken on the Black Shark 2. 

Before we talk about picture quality, however, it’s worth momentarily addressing what the camera application resembles to utilize. Exchanging between modes is consistent, self-adjust is fast and by and large lovely exact, and overall the application felt exceptionally simple to utilize. 

This brilliance impact was most perceptible when utilizing Portrait mode, as this mode appeared to support splendor and lessen differentiation to fake-looking levels, and appeared to battle with dynamic reach more than ‘standard’ mode. 

We’d suppose there’s some overeager post-handling going on here, and we favored the naturalistic style of the standard photograph mode. Saying that representation snaps are a long way from terrible, particularly when taken during the day when additional splendor wasn’t excessively perceptible. 

The forward-looking camera is a 20MP f/2.2 snapper, and pictures again showed great detail, however, the sharp picture lighting unmistakably kicked into impact in Portrait mode once more. Foundations likewise looked excessively obscured for our enjoying, yet you can change the strength of the haze impact when you’re snapping a photo, or after you’ve taken one, so we can’t censure it much.


As the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 is a gaming telephone, at last, it will be decided on how well it runs games, and that is generally (however not exclusively) down to execution. 

The telephone has a Snapdragon 865 processor from Qualcomm, which at the hour of delivery (and probable until 2021) is the best chipset accessible to Android telephones, and which you’ll likewise discover in every one of the top telephones of the year. It’s combined with 8GB RAM in the variant of the telephone we tried for the audit – and referenced, there’s additionally a 12GB form accessible. 

At the point when we put the telephone through a multi-center benchmark test, it returned a score of 3042. That puts it simply a hair over the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, which scored 3034, and just underneath the Sony Xperia 1 II at 3085, however observably beneath the OnePlus 8 at 3401 and iPhone 11 Pro Max at 3424. 

Despite the Black Shark 3 not giving the best preparing power among current telephones, that is as yet a decent score, and the telephone is bounty incredible enough for gaming.

Shark Space gaming mode

Now is the ideal time currently to discuss Shark Space, the gaming mode that assists with making the Black Shark 3 a particularly incredible gaming telephone. You can turn this on by flicking the previously mentioned switch on the telephone, which opens up the Shark Space application. 

Shark Space contains a merry-go-round of all your introduced games, so you can undoubtedly pick what you need to play and boot it up, and the mode has a scope of settings that you can acclimate to improve your interactivity. You can decide to auto-reject calls, conceal warnings, and change various settings to all the more likely advance the telephone for gaming. 

When utilizing Shark Space, gaming truly improves – we saw that the telephone’s battery endured longer gaming when we utilized the gaming mode than if we didn’t, not having notices continually disrupting everything was helpful, and the mode allows you effectively to plan controls in case you’re utilizing a gamepad fringe.

Battery life

The Black Shark 3 has a 4,720mAh battery – we’d say around 4,500mAh is ordinary for a telephone of this size, albeit maybe portable gamers may need a smidgen more squeeze. 

We were intrigued with the battery execution for normal ordinary use – so a decent lot of music streaming, customary web-based media checking, and some gaming to a great extent. Beginning from full, we finished most days with around 30% charge left – and on one day we had a full half left – so we’d see this telephone enduring you well into a subsequent day in case you’re not utilizing it oftentimes. 

Clearly, in case you will do a ton of serious gaming your mileage could shift a lot, contingent upon how now and again you play, and what sorts of games you’re playing. Get the job done to say, the Black Shark 3’s battery life can endure a significant shot when you use it for broadened gaming meetings, albeit that will be normal. 

For instance, 30 minutes of PUBG Mobile depleted the battery by generally 10%, while for the most part Call of Duty: Mobile and Mario Kart Tour were less requesting, while Fortnite drained the battery quicker. 

We’d gauge that we went through 10%-25% of the Black Shark 3’s charge each hour of gaming, contingent upon the title, which obviously will not promise you an entire day of general use in case you’re playing for a couple of hours. 

On the off chance that you plug the USB-C link in all things being equal, the 30W charging is significantly snappier, and we’d, by and large, suggest charging your telephone this way except if you truly need to utilize the attractive pin and a couple of advantages it brings. However, there’s no remote charging choice.

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