Jan 11, 2019

Xiaomi Working on a 2019 Version of the BLACK SHARK Gaming Smartphone

Xiaomi is aggressively releasing new smartphones in the market that push the envelope with regards to both features and functionality. Will this new BLACK SHARK smartphone be able to satisfy the growing demand of the mobile gaming community?

2019 is getting off on an exciting start. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is rumored to be working on a dedicated gaming smartphone. They have already released gaming smartphones in the past like the aggressively-named BLACK SHARK Gaming Phone and BLACK SHARK Helo, and now they are developing the BLACK SHARK Skywalker smartphone. The source of this leak was a benchmark listing on Geekbench. A closer look reveals that this new smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset.

BLACK SHARK Helo

The BLACK SHARK Skywalker smartphone was seen on Geekbench sporting a chipset with the codename "msmnile", which is a known codename for the Snapdragon 855, which is manufactured using a 7nm die, which could translate to better power efficiency while exerting top performance.

This new smartphone is equipped with 8GB of RAM. With regard to the benchmark performance, the BLACK SHARK Skywalker managed to achieve a single-core score of 3,494 and a multi-core score of 11,149 points, which is at par with other Snapdragon 855-equipped smartphones. What makes these scores amazing is that this is the first time that an Android-based smartphone was able to break the 10,000-point barrier on this benchmark, with the Apple A11 and A12 Bionic chips being the first to break the threshold.

Another potential major feature of the Snapdragon 855 chipset is its capability to support 5G network connectivity, giving users access to even faster mobile internet connections on supported networks, though it depends on which modem Xiaomi will decide to go with as there is another variant of the Snapdragon 855 which does not support 5G connectivity.

Sony is another smartphone manufacturer that is known to have used the Snapdragon 855 chipset, particularly with the Xperia XZ4 smartphone, so it's widely expected that smartphones using the latest chipset will be seen in more smartphones this year.

The BLACK SHARK Skywalker has not yet been officially announced by Xiaomi, but given that it's already in the testing phase, it would be safe to presume that we can expect an announcement in the next few months, so be sure to stay tuned here as we will report any new developments as it becomes available.

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