Xiaomi's Black Shark 5 Gaming Phone: Everything You Need To Know

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Xiaomi's sub-brand, Black Shark, launched the new 5 series gaming phone in China back in March 2022.

After much anticipation, the new gaming phones are finally receiving a global launch.

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The new line of handsets includes the Black Shark 5 and 5 Pro, which both look like they could be amongst some of the best gaming phones to date.

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So, move aside Nubia Red Magic 7, here is everything we know about the Black Shark 5.

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Does The Black Shark 5 Have A Global Release Date?

The Black Shark 5 and 5 Pro were recently launched in China, and after much anticipation, the new gaming phones have finally been released globally.

The new Black Shark 5 and 5 Pro were released on 9 June 2022, you can currently find them at Amazon and various other retailers.

Black Shark 5 Price

The Black Shark 5 has a starting price of £440 / $550 while the Black Shark 5 Pro costs upwards of £530 / $650.

But, what exactly are you getting for your money?

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Black Shark 5 Specs

Black Shark 5
Credit: Black Shark

As you might expect, the company's latest flagship gaming phones are set to feature impressive specs, even when compared to the likes of the ASUS ROG Phone 5S Pro.

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In terms of power, the Black Shark 5 is set to feature a Snapdragon 870 chipset while the Pro model boasts the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset is of course the same as can be found in the latest Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra.

When it comes to the screen, both models offer a 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a huge 1,300 nits of peak brightness.

Plus, both of the models come equipped with a whopping 720Hz sampling rate and up to a 144Hz refresh rate, which should be fantastic for fast, smooth gaming.

Not only do the power and display lend themselves toward high-end gaming potential, but both of the models also come with dedicated trigger buttons.

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Similarly to many of the best gaming laptops, each of the phones can also be configured with varying amounts of memory and storage.

The Black Shark 5 Pro can be configured with either 8GB, 12GB or 16GB of RAM as well as the choice between 256GB or 512GB of storage.

The base Black Shark 5 model will feature up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage which is still likely more than you'll ever need.

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For the battery, you're getting a 4,650 power bank that utilises 120W fast charging.

And not only are you getting excellent gaming capabilities with these models, but they could even rival some of the best camera phones to date.

The Pro model features a solid 108MP main lens on the back, alongside 13MP ultrawide and 5MP telephoto lenses.

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While the base model includes a 64MP main lens, a 13MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro camera.

For the front-facing camera, both models utilise a 16MP wide lens, which should be excellent for video calls or even streaming.

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