Several smartphone OEMs have launched their gaming smartphones this week. ASUS launched its ROG phone 3, Lenovo unveiled Lenovo Legion Phone Duel and Nubia came up with Red Magic 5S. Xiaomi adds one more phone in the market for gamers. The Black Shark 3S has launched in China as Xiaomi’s latest gaming smartphone in partnership with Tencent Games. The Black Shark 3S is an upgrade to Black Shark 3. Let’s take a look at updates and features it provides.


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Display and Design

Starting with the display, it features a 6.67” AMOLED display with 1080×2400 pixel resolution and 20:9 aspect ratio. It comes with 120Hz refresh rate which is the biggest upgrade over 90Hz mode in its predecessor. Similarly, it ha 270Hz touch sampling rate and 17ms touch response rate. Further, the display offers 500 nits of brightness, 105% DCI-P3 coverage and a 3rd generation MEMC.

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The handset has identical design as it predecessor. That means the phone has symmetric triangular module for rear camera and magnetic charging pins.


Talking about rear camera, it has three of them and hasn’t change. The camera modules are 64MP main shooter with f/1.8 aperture teamed with 13MP ultra-wide lens and 5MP depth shooter. For selfie and video calling, there’s a 20MP front camera on the top bezels.


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Moving on, the handset is power by same old Snapdragon 865, while almost all the latest gaming phones were powered by Snapdragon 865+. The smartphone packs 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. There are three storage configuration: 128GB, 256GB and 512GB.

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The smartphone boots on latest Android skin – Joy UI 12. Along with the new software various new features are added. The screen pressure 4.0 for 3D touch controls which can be mapped to different action. Black Shark Moment 3.0 allows game recording and editing. Voice control 2.0 allows users to adjust setting using voice command while in game. For instance, recording screen without taking hands off the controls while gaming.

The latest Joy UI 12 software comes with Game barrage to control notifications while gaming. You can create game macros to trigger several action in sequence.

Furthermore, the software comes with screen mirroring.  It lets you to cast the device’s screen on a larger display. This mode will run at 60 fps with a delay of just 40ms.

Battery and Miscellaneous

The 4,720mAh battery fuels the device which charges at 65W over the USB-C connector. There’s also magnetic adapter that can charge at 18W simultaneously.  The handset includes in display fingerprint sensor as security measure.

Xiaomi also unveiled couple of new gaming accessories. Black Shark Gamepad 3, Black Shark Gaming Finger Gloves, and an attachment that adds physical shoulder keys to the device.

Price and Availability

The Black Shark 3S comes in two colors: Skyfall Black and Crystal Blue. The handset is up for pre order in China and are ready to ship out on August 4. The 128GB variant costs CNY 4,000, the 256GB model costs CNY 4,299 and 512GB variant costs CNY 4,799.

And the sad news, we don’t have any news of the Xiaomi Black Shark 3S launch in Nepal. If it makes to Nepalese market the Black Shark 3S will be priced at around Rs. 80,000.

Also Read: Redmi 9A with Helio G25 and 5,000mAh battery|Launched in Nepal

Black Shark 3S Full Specification

Black Shark 3S Full Specifications
Key Specs
Display 6.67 inches
Front Camera 20 MP
Back Camera 64+13+5 MP
Chipset Snapdragon 865 (7nm+)
Internal Storage 128/256/512 GB
Battery 4,720 mAh
Price in Nepal Rs.  80,000 (12/128GB)*
Other Market CNY 4,000 (12/128GB)
Dimension 168.7 x 77.3 x 10.4 mm
Weight 222 g
Build Material Glass Front, Aluminum Frame, Aluminium Back
Sim Slot Dual SIM
Sim Size Nano-SIM
Resistance -
Operating System Android 10, Joy UI 12
Colors Sky Cloud Black, Crystal Blue
Size 6.67 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Aspect Ratio 20:9
Protection -
Front Camera
Setup Single
Lens 20 MP, f/2.0, Wide lens
Flash N0
Optical Image Stabilization N0
Autofocus Yes
Features HDR
Video [email protected]
Back Camera
Setup Triple
Lens 64 MP, f/1.8, Wide lens (26 mm) 13 MP, f/2.2, Ultra-wide lens (120°) 5 MP, f/2.2, Depth Sensor
Flash Yes, LED Flash
Optical Image Stabilization -
Autofocus Yes, PDAF
Features HDR, Panorama
Video [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]
Chipset Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+)
Processor Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 585)
GPU Adreno 650
Internal Storage 128/256/512 GB
Expandable Storage No
Type UFS 3.1
Audio Jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes, stereo speakers
Audio Features -
FM Radio No
Network Connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6
Wi-Fi Features Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
Infrared Port No
USB Type Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
USB version 2.0
Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE/5G
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Placement In-display
Face Recognition -
Accelerometer Yes
Gyro Yes
Proximity Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer No
Capacity 4,720 mAh
Type Non-removable Li-Po
Charging 65W Fast Charging 18W Magnetic charging
Reverse Charging -
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