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Turn On the Lights on Xiaomi’s New Gaming Smartphone – Xiaomi Black Shark Helo

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo is Xiaomi's upgrade to its first gaming smartphone (Xiaomi Black Shark). Find out its full specs, features, review and price.

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo is Xiaomi’s upgrade to its first gaming smartphone (Xiaomi Black Shark). This season of gaming smartphones has presented us with gaming phones like Razer Phone 2, ASUS ROG and Huawei Mate 20 X.

Last month, Xiaomi Black Shark Helo appeared on TENAA, and a good number of the smartphone’s rumoured features came through.

Without further ado, let’s see what the gaming device has in store.

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo Quick Review

What makes a gaming smartphone really competent is the powerful hardware. These internal features ensure that the smartphone’s graphics and the entire gaming experience incredible. Inside this smartphone, there’s the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with octa-core 2.8GHz CPU and Adreno 630 GPU.

But there’s more to the phone’s internals; there’s a dedicated Pixelworks-manufactured chip is available to convert SDR content on the device to HDR. As a matter of fact, the phone’s screen is HDR10 compliant. Still, on the SoC, there’s a vapour cooling chamber that prevents the smartphone from overheating during intensive gaming actions.

This smartphone possesses a Gamer Studio App that helps to create various gaming profiles. How it works is that it can condition the processor, display, network and all to suit different games.

Let’s now look at its appearance. Appearance is another feature that makes gaming devices adorable. This smartphone’s outlook alone tells you it is designed for gaming. Similar to its predecessor, it has RGB lit surroundings and Shark logo represented by “S”.

AMOLED panel is what provides the display on the smartphone. This panel, sized at 6.01 inches, sports 1080 x 2160 pixels and 18:9 Full View Display mode. No notch makes it out with this device.

Although a notch didn’t come out of the box, the phone is equipped with analogue controllers. The number of the controllers you get is determined by the RAM variant of the phone you purchase. For clarity sake, the smartphone has three RAM versions: 6GB, 8GB and 10GB RAM.

The 10GB RAM version gets you two controllers that can be attached to each side (check out the way it looks in the Photos section below). Meanwhile, both the 6GB and 8GB iterations have just one analogue stick attachment.

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo Key Specs

Here are the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo key specifications…

Display 6.01-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2160 pixels, 403PPI
OS Android 8.1 Oreo (MIUI 10)
Processor Octa-core 2.8GHz Kryo Processor
Storage 128GB / 256GB ROM + 6GB / 8GB / 10GB RAM
Camera 12MP + 20MP Rear/20MP Front (With LED light)
Battery 4000mAh
Price N160,000 – N200,000

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo Photos

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Xiaomi Black Shark  Helo Price and Availability

The Xiaomi Black Shark Helo launched in October 2018; it is available in colour Black. You can order the phone from any of the online shopping markets using the links below.

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo retails at  $520 (₦160,000 – ₦200,000 in Nigeria). (CLICK TO BUY XIAOMI BLACK SHARK HELO).

Xiaomi Black Shark Full Specifications and Features

General Features

  • Platform: Android 8.1 Oreo (MIUI 10)
  • Processor: Octa-core 4 x 2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4 x 1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver (Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845)
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • Memory: 6GB/8GB/10GB
  • Colours: Black
  • Dimension: 160 x 75.2 x 8.7 mm
  • Weight: 190g
  • SIM Type: Nano SIM
  • SIM Count: Dual SIM


  • Display: 6.01-inch, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 2160 X 1080 pixels (403 PPI)
  • Screen Protection: –


  • Rear Camera: Dual 12MP + 20MP camera, 2160p Video@30fps, 1080p Video@30fps, 720@120fps
  • Rear Camera Features: 2x optical zoom, dual pixel phase detection autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
  • Front Camera: 20MP camera, 1080p Video@30fps


  • Built-in Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Memory Card Support: –
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: –

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes
  • 2G CDMA 1X: –
  • 3G WCDMA: Yes
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: 5.2/42.67Mbps
  • CDMA EVDO: –
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes, v5.0 with A2DP, LE, aptX HD
  • NFC: –
  • Infrared Blaster: –
  • USB Port: USB Type-C 1.0


  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: –


  • Music Player: MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player
  • Video Player: MP4/WMV/H.264 player
  • FM Radio: –
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: No


  • Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Maps: Yes

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: –
  • SpO2: –
  • Pedometer: –
  • Heart Rate Monitor: –
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, (rear-mounted)
  • Iris Scanner: –
  • Face Unlock: Yes
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Wireless Charging: –
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: –
  • Water Resistant: –
  • Dust Resistant: –
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: Yes


  • Battery: 4,000mAh non-removable Li-ion battery
  • Fast Charging: Yes, Qualcomm Quick Charging 3.0

Where to buy Xiaomi Black Shark Helo


So, you can tell us in the comments what your opinions this gaming smartphone.

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