Evaluate – Black Shark 3: A combined bag of gaming options

Introducing, the Black Shark 3. That is the corporate’s third era of gaming smartphone and with it, comes with the most recent record of specs. It additionally comes with a listing of upgrades and an up to date design, too. The Black Shark 3 does have a bizarre record of options, although.

We’re already utilizing the Black Shark 3 for about 2 weeks now, and that is what we now have to share.


It’s a fairly lengthy field and that’s okay because the telephone itself is fairly lengthy too. Contained in the field, we get the same old contents however with the addition of Black Shark stickers.

Black Shark 3


I don’t find out about you, however I feel the Black Shark 3 is considerably fascinating. It symmetrical on each axes and there are two strips of a matte materials that reach from the midframe to the again.

Black Shark 3

The underside again of the telephone has these 4 golden contact pins. Black Shark makes one other accent that magnetically snaps into place and fees the machine from the again in order that it wouldn’t get in the best way of your fingers if you wish to play video games whereas charging the laptop computer.

Personally, I feel that accent ought to’ve been included within the field with the Black Shark 3. In any other case, it’ll be forgotten.

Black Shark 3

And due to how bizarre the Black Shark 3 is designed on the again, the included TPU case has to evolve to these ports and equipment, making this one of the vital bizarre-looking protecting case ever.

Black Shark 3

The telephone itself is heavy and slippery too, so I counsel you to at the very least use the included case to forestall the telephone from potential accidents.


By itself, the Black Shark 3 does include all the ports that we’d anticipate from a gaming telephone. We’ve a devoted 3.5mm audio jack on the high with a USB-C port on the backside, and stereo front-facing audio system too.

However due to its asymmetry, the audio system sound… fairly bizarre. It’s at all times the underside speaker that sounds louder and higher than the earpiece speaker.

To keep up a secure web connection whereas enjoying video games, the Black Shark 3 has two antennas on all sides of the telephone, however there is just one extra microphone on the proper aspect.

Black Shark 3

The Black Shark 3 additionally has a devoted “Shark Key” that may be toggled in any display and it instantly launches “Shark Space 3.0” and stays on this mode till it’s turned off. Basically, it’s a tough lock into “game mode”. Nonetheless, it’s a missed alternative since that button isn’t used for pictures too.


The Black Shark 3 has a fairly large 6.67-inch AMOLED show with a 90Hz refresh charge and 2400×1080 pixels in decision. It could possibly go vibrant and appears improbable – and customarily nothing flawed with the show in any respect.

There’s additionally an included display protector that covers many of the show.


There are a complete of 3 cameras on the Black Shark 3, however solely two of them are usable. It’s nonetheless nice to see that Black Shark isn’t neglecting the digicam division regardless that this can be a gaming smartphone. Right here is the record of digicam specs on the Black Shark 3:

  • Triple rear-facing cameras
    • Major: 64MP f/1.8 with PDAF
    • Extremely-wide angle: 13MP f/2.3 with AF
    • Depth sensor
  • 20MP f/2.2 selfie digicam

To make it brief, the primary digicam takes footage which can be fairly darkish when it comes to publicity in comparison with what I like. We did activate HDR too – and the publicity goes vibrant. Nonetheless, the white stability is out the window.

The ultra-wide angle digicam isn’t one thing that I’d like because the picture is fuzzy and particulars are basically gone.

I extremely suggest you watch the video on the high of this video to take a look at these photographs.

Software program – Android 10 with JOY UI 11

The newest model of JOY UI is constructed upon the MIUI 11 and since we’re accustomed to Xiaomi merchandise, we immediately know the quirks of JOY UI. It’s roughly a reskinned model of MIUI with some extra options added into it – just like the aforementioned Shark Area 3.zero that’s activated with the Shark Key.

Personally, I don’t just like the Shark Area interface in any respect. The ASUS ROG Phone 2 used this interface at first, and we complained. ASUS instantly took motion and added an choice to alter from the Apple iTunes Cowl Circulate design to a easy record.

Black Shark 3

Shark Area 3.zero has the choice too, however its performance is handicapped. I can’t change the sport’s settings whereas within the record view.

Additionally, Shark Area 3.zero is barely accessible by pushing the devoted swap. There isn’t any approach to stop Shark Area 3.zero besides to push the devoted swap to the opposite aspect. This was additionally current on the ROG Telephone 2 at first, however they didn’t have the devoted swap they usually additionally shortly patched away the lack to stop the Armory Crate.

Efficiency & Gaming

I’m not going to bore you with the specs and benchmarks. So let’s simply breeze by means of them.

Black Shark 3 3DMark benchmark Black Shark 3 VRMark benchmark Black Shark 3 Geekbench 4 benchmark Black Shark 3 Antutu 7 benchmark

After we modified over to 90Hz, the Snapdragon 865 can’t preserve 90Hz constantly in VRMark benchmark.

Black Shark 3 VRMark benchmark different refresh rate


By way of gaming, the Black Shark 3 has an attention-grabbing function referred to as the Grasp Management. The touchscreen on the Black Shark 3 is pressure-sensitive, and it could act as a set off by merely urgent the display tougher. It’s particularly helpful whereas enjoying video games like PUBG Cell or COD Cell when operating and gunning is required.

Nonetheless, it’s tough to exert strain on the display whereas stopping my fingertip to slip throughout the display. And the dearth of triggers on the Black Shark 3 is additional handicapping it as a gaming telephone.

I extremely recommend you watch the video on the high of this evaluate to know extra about it.

Battery & Charger

The Black Shark 3 has an general 4,720mAh battery and general, the battery life is fairly nice.

Black Shark 3 battery life test

Then, we turned on 90Hz refresh charge and did the identical check. The battery did get affected by about 2 hours in our check.

Black Shark 3 battery life test different refresh rate


One factor that I’m impressed by Black Shark is the implementation of a dual-battery system. The corporate claims that that is the explanation why the Black Shark 3 sees an enchancment whereas charged with a 65W charger.

Black Shark 3

I discover it bizarre because the Black Shark 3’s charger is certainly a 65W charger, nevertheless it has a USB-A port as an alternative.

Anyway, the charging time for the Black Shark 3 is barely about 30 minutes. Wow.

Black Shark 3 battery charging benchmark

Wrapping up the Black Shark 3 evaluate

The Black Shark 3 is priced at RM2,799. It’s not low cost, and this gaming telephone comes with some compromises like lacking triggers and fairly unrefined software program. It does have some redeeming values like Grasp Management and an incredible vibration motor.

As of now, we’re nonetheless uncertain how a lot the Black Shark 3 Professional can be priced. That telephone does seem to be a giant improve when it comes to gaming options because it has correct set off buttons, although I’m unsure in regards to the longevity or how popup set off buttons work on telephones.

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