When Xiaomi and Black Shark launched their first game smartphone in the first half of 2018, not many people believed this handset could become a best-seller. But the truth is it has managed to sell over 1 million units on the first day of its launch. Probably you also know it led the list of most powerful Android smartphones for a few sequential months. But now there are new smartphones grabbed this title from the Xiaomi Black Shark. So the company has decided to bring to users’ mind who is the real king. Just recently, the second-gen Black Shark Helo game smartphone was announced, and now it’s available for purchase at a price tag of $652.99. Agree the price doesn’t raise much but what’s more interesting, there are many improvements concerning not only the appearance but also hardware.
Note: This is the world’s first 10GB smartphone, but the 10+256GB variant will become available for purchase a bit later.
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This screen is one of the biggest selling points of the Black Shark Helo. It sports a 6-inch Samsung AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 2160×1080 and supporting P3 wide color gamut and HDR. On the top, there is a very long speaker and earpiece design. There is another long speaker on the lower area of the front panel. Thus, they provide a stereo audio experience. It is worth mentioning that the Black Shark Helo uses a dual super-linear SPK device to achieve a true stereo effect. The speaker on the front panel is not blocked by the hand when it is held in the landscape mode. It is also equipped with a dual smart PA, which brings a lower power consumption and smaller noise to Helo’s stereo speakers.
On the right side of the fuselage, we can see the Shark button for the SIM card slot. It can be used to open Helo’s Shark mode – the high-performance full-blood mode that gamers love a lot.
The back panel’s design differs from the first-gen model a lot. Now, the Black Shark Helo adopts the double material design of the metal middle frame + glass back plate. The center of the back is covered by a whole piece of glass backing, which is not only visually more concise but also the warm touch of the glass also greatly enhances the grip comfort.
The Black Shark Helo is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB, 8GB, and 10GB memory, and runs on Joy based on Android 8.1. The SND845 is Qualcomm’s current flagship chip, and the next-gen model will be announced only in the first months of 2019. So we should state this handset is packed with the most powerful SoC nowadays. Not accidentally, it scores around 290,000 points in AnTuTu.
The Black Shark Helo is also packed with a 4000mAh battery. Due to it and the excellent power consumption of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, it will have a very good battery life, which is very important especially for game players. You can continuously watch video for nearly 10 hours or play games for nearly 5 hours.
Our protagonist also comes with a liquid cooling system like its predecessor. But Helo has realized the sub-area and sub-module heat dissipation for the first time. It is also the first manufacturer to use dual heat pipe cooling. The luxurious cooling equipment brings a stronger heat transfer capacity and a wider heat dissipation path. The official heat transfer capacity of a single heat pipe is 5W, and the heat transfer capacity of the double heat pipe reaches 10W.
At last. the Black Shark Helo is equipped with 12MP + 20MP dual-camera. But Black Shark does not disclose the camera sensor model. We only know the main camera single pixel size of 1.25-micron and the sub-pixel size is 1-micron, but the pixel 4 Combined with 1. There is also a 20MP front-facing camera supporting AI Beauty.