Xiaomi Black Shark coming to India, will launch gaming-centric smartphones soon

Xiaomi Black Shark

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro in India on Thursday at a starting price of Rs 9,999. The Redmi Note 7 India price starts from Rs 9,999 while the Redmi Note 7 Pro India price has been set at Rs 13,999 for the base 4GB RAM/64GB storage model. The Redmi Note 7 will go on sale in India on March 6 while the Note 7 Pro will go on sale on March 13. Looks like Xiaomi has more plans for India this year. The company’s gaming-centric Black Shark lineup will debut in India very soon. Finally, gaming phones from Xiaomi are coming to India.

Black Shark, a Shenzhen-based gaming smartphone manufacturer, has confirmed to set up its operations in India. The company confirmed this bit of information on Thursday soon after the India launch of the Redmi Note 7 by sending a press release. In India, Black Shark will be headquartered in Bengaluru – similar is the case with Xiaomi — and will be headed by David Li, who’s the VP of Black Shark Global. Li is said to manage the overall operations in India for the Black Shark gaming phones.

Reportedly, ex-OnePlus communications head, Chirag Nagendra will also be a part of the Black Shark India team. Nagendra is said to be responsible for brand building and communications strategy and will own a designation of Black Shark India’s Marketing Head.

In the press release sent to the media Black Shark mentioned, “A Big “Hello” to you from Black Shark and it’s India Team!” This possibly hints at Black Shark Helo may be the first smartphone to debut under the brand in India. To recollect, the Black Shark Helo was first launched in October 2018. As for the specs, the Black Shark comes packed with a 6-inch AMOLED display with full-HD+ 1,080 x 2,160 pixels resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. On the hardware front the phone is powered by Qualcomm’s 10nm Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset with Adreno 630 GPU and dual pipe liquid-cooling system. The phone is packed with up to 10GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

On the camera front, the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo includes a dual camera system with 12-megapixel + 20-megapixel configuration on the rear panel. On the front the phone includes a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. The phone is backed by a big 4,000mAh battery with fast charging support. It runs on Android 9 Pie-based MIUI 10.

The press release also mentioned that Black Shark will announce the official launch date of the company and its first phone later in the year. We expect the first Black Shark gaming phone to launch in the next few months or so. There are high possibilities that Black Shark will not only bring smartphones but also other gaming-centric products like Gamepad 2.0 controller, to India.