Xiaomi has been making its name in the gaming smartphone segment with the Black Shark sub-brand. Earlier this year, the brand introduced the Black Shark 4 series featuring Snapdragon 888 processor, 144Hz display, and 120W fast charging. Just a couple of months have passed, and reports indicate that the company is already working on the successor of its current flagship. As per the leaks, the company will launch the Black Shark 5 very soon with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888+ SoC. This chip can be found on Honor Magic 3 series, iQOO 8, and Xiaomi’s Mi MIX 4. The new gaming flagship will also bring other appealing characteristics.
Black Shark 5 alleged specifications
Ahead of the new gaming flagship launch, the tipster Digital Chat Station have some tidbits to share. Apparently, the Black Shark 5 will have the model number KTUS-A0. It will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC under the hood. In comparison to the vanilla SD888, the Plus variant boosts the Prime Core to 2.995 GHz. It also gets 20 percent improved AI performance over its predecessor.
The tipster also notes that the new flagship will come with 100W+ fast charging. Since the Black Shark 4 series come with 120W fast-charging support, we can expect its successor to get basically the same 120W charging. For now, this is the maximum charging Xiaomi is offering for its commercially available smartphones. The company already has a 200W HyperCharge technology, but it is yet to debut in any commercial product.
Unfortunately, other details such as display size, design, and other gaming-related specs have not been disclosed by the company. Anyway, we can expect the battery capacity to be equal to or above Shark 4’s 4,500 mAh capacity. The display can have a Full HD+ resolution and up to 144 Hz refresh rate like its predecessor. Although a QHD+ means that performance will be sacrificed, we can’t discard a jump in the resolution. After all, the faster processor can compensate in performance.
The smartphone will likely keep the very same gaming-oriented bulky design with integrated triggers. We also expect Xiaomi introduces a whole new cooling technology with its new gaming smartphone.
For now, Xiaomi is yet to make any official statement or drop teases confirming the launch of the Black Shark 4 series. This can happen soon, as the company has just completed the Mi MIX 4 and Mi Pad 5 series release plan in China. For now, let’s digest this with a pinch or two of salt. If the device is really coming, we should hear more in a near future. After all, Xiaomi will not wait until the end of the year to launch an SD888+ smartphone.