Black Shark 3 Pro is the ultimate gaming smartphone, sporting pop-up trigger buttons and the world’s most responsive display

The Black Shark 3 Pro from Xiaomi has officially been unveiled, sporting new hardware that will give users a true competitive advantage. Anyone who plays video games knows that a good controller makes all the difference when it comes to fast-paced games like first-person shooters. TO deliver the best gaming experience possible, the Black Shark 3 Pro features pop-up trigger buttons on the side of the phone which promise more than a million click and 300,000 lifts. 
While that feature alone may have been enough stand out, Xiaomi has taken things even further with the phone’s 7.1-inch, 3,120 x 1,440 AMOLED display which sports a 90Hz refresh rate and 270Hz touch sampling. On the inside, the phone uses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC which also means it comes with 5G connectivity as well. To ensure the phone cam capitalize on the processor’s full potential, Xiaomi has also beefed up the cooling system by placing cooling pipes on each side of the logic board to improve thermals. 

The phone also comes with four cameras: a 64MP main camera, 13MP ultra-wide, 5MP depth sensor and a 20MP front-facing camera. To keep things powered up, the Black Shark 3 Pro uses a 5,000 mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging over USB-X or 18W charging with a magnetic popo-pin connection on the back. Like many other 2020 flagship smartphones, the Black Shark 3 Pro comes with 256GB of storage and 8GB or 12GB of RAM. The good news is that Xiaomi isn’t interested in gauging customers for all this tech, setting the base price at 4,699 yuan ($675) while the 12GB model is slightly more expensive at 4,999 yuan ($718). 
Xiaomi is also releasing a standard Black Shark 3 with a few minor tweaks. The phone swaps out the pop-up trigger buttons for capacitive ones and comes with a slightly-smaller 6.67-inch display, a 4,720mAh battery and 3,499 yuan ($502) and 3,999 yuan ($575) price points for its respective 8GB and 12GB models. 
Both the Black Shark 3 Pro and the Black Shark 3 are available for pre-order with shipping dates expected for later this month.

The Black Shark 3’s physical trigger buttons could make it the ultimate gaming smartphone

When Xiaomi first launched the Black Shark gaming smartphone, it felt like the company was simply hopping on board the gaming smartphone bandwagon. Fast forward to today, it seems that the Black Shark series is starting to shape up to be rather interesting, especially with the details teased about the Black Shark 3.
In a series of posts made on Weibo, Xiaomi’s co-founder Lei Jun revealed some details about the Black Shark 3 ahead of its scheduled announcement on the 3rd of March. The highlight hardware feature revealed is physical trigger buttons on the side of the phone. While we’re seen capacitive trigger sensors on devices like the Nubia Red Magic Mars, we haven’t seen physical buttons like these since the Sony Xperia Play which made its debut 9 years ago.

A second unique feature is rather interesting as it seems that the phone will come with a magnetic charging port on the back that will support 65W fast charging.

Now, most smartphones typically charge via micro USB or USB-C, but the use of a magnetic port is interesting and convenient. Presumably, this will be similar to the Apple Watch’s charger, where users can attach it magnetically and detach it just as easily. This is better than current wired methods and also faster than wireless.
Other details about the phone include a decently-sized 4.720mAh battery that’s been split into two and placed on either side of the motherboard. We’re not sure what else the Black Shark 3 will be hiding under the hood, but check back with us next week if you’d like the official details.
Source: XDA Developers