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The Black Shark 3 Pro is the best console to enjoy games on Android but as a phone it fails in the most basic

Do gaming phones make sense? One would think that with the appearance of increasingly powerful and expensive phones, a device oriented to mobile video games is not worth it. Because it is true that today mobile video games, although they are increasingly ambitious and with better graphic load, do not require amazing specifications to enjoy them.

However, when it comes to enjoying a good video game, not everything is hardware. Many times the user experience is what tips the balance and it is that playing on a Samsung Galaxy S20 is not the same as a gaming device, especially when this is a Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro, a smartphone with a very niche market. concrete: those who spend hours and hours in front of their phone playing. So the question is, what does this Black Shark 3 Pro offer that a conventional phone does not offer? Let’s find out.

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Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro, features and specifications

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Dimensions 177.8 x 83.3 x 10.1 mm
Weight 253 grams
screen 7.1-inch AMOLED screen, 1440 x 3120 pixels, 90 Hz
Pixel density 484 ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM 8/12 GB
Operating system Android 10.0 Pie, Joyui
Storage 256/512 GB
Cameras Triple rear camera of 64 MP f / 1.8, 13 MP f / 2.3 and 5 MP f / 2.2 and front of 20 MP f / 2.2
Battery 5,000 mAh, fast charge 65W
Others 5G, on-screen fingerprint reader, USB type C, bluetooth 5.0
Price euros

The best of the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro

The best processor for the best gaming phone

Black Shark 3 Pro

The processor and small details such as these triggers that come from inside the device, make the Black Shark 3 Pro the best gaming smartphone

We start by saying that just a few days ago we published a complete analysis of the standard model, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3. What does this mean? That everything that is said in that analysis is useful for this model since both except for a couple of small details, they are practically identical. Therefore, this analysis will be somewhat shorter, not because of my vagrancy, but because we do not reiterate ourselves more than we should since what is said about one can be said about the other.

That said, we started by talking about the performance of the Black Shark 3 Pro and how could it be otherwise in a gaming phone, it is its main strength. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is the best processor today and by far. Therefore, the performance of this device is exemplary and it does not matter what we put on it. Any type of app or game moves it without any problem.

It is accompanied by a configuration of 8 or 12 GB of RAM, 256/612 GB of UFS 3.0 storage memory and a 5,000 mAh battery with a fast charge of 65 W. And be careful because we want to talk about autonomy. The 5,000 mAh of the Black Shark 3 Pro is going to be enough to hold us for a day, especially considering the size of the screen, but it is that in the event that we have given much more reed to the terminal and the games there are no some problem because thanks to the 65W charger that comes included in the box, we will be able to charge 100% of the device in just about 35-40 minutes. For this reason we said that a quick charge is better than a good battery.

As for its external section, it is a very large device. With measurements of 177.8 x 83.3 x 10.1 mm and a weight of 253 grams we reiterate it, the terminal is very large, not in vain we are talking about a device with a 7.1-inch screen. Of course to play and watch multimedia content it is a perfect product but as a phone it fails in the most basic, comfort, although we will cover that later.

In short, we are facing a terminal that shines thanks to its power and performance. Possibly we are facing one of the most powerful smartphones and without a doubt it is the perfect phone to enjoy any video game. We have tried Fornite, Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, Asphalt and a few more and the experience has been outstanding. Therefore if what you are looking for is a gadget with which to play, without a doubt we are in front of the indicated terminal for it.

7.1 inches and 90 Hz to not miss any detail

Black Shark 3 Pro

The screen of this Black Shark 3 Pro, in addition to being large, is of outstanding quality

And in addition to the great performance, another of the most important points of this terminal is its piece of screen. Not only in terms of quality, since we find an AMOLED panel of 1440 x 3120 pixels with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, but also for its size, of 7.1 inches, a figure that only tablets had years ago.

The screen of this device is fabulous. It doesn’t matter that we are watching a video on YouTube or playing a video game. The brightness, the colors, the details, everything is fantastic. Of course a 7.1 inch panel is not for everyone, we will see later, but without a doubt we are facing a barbaric smartphone to consume multimedia content.

In short, doing any activity with this terminal is a real joy. The mix of its performance, its large screen and the 90 Hz refresh rate make it an unrepeatable mix.

A photographic section above the rest of gaming phones

As a general rule, when you analyze a gaming phone you know that no matter how powerful it is and how well it performs, it will ultimately falter in the photographic section. It is something that has happened in almost all smartphones of this style that have passed into our hands as the ASUS ROG Phone 2. However, luckily the same does not happen with this Black Shark 3 Pro.

With a 64 MP f / 1.8, 13 MP f / 2.3 and 5 MP f / 2.2 triple rear camera setup the photographic section of this terminal stands out from its main competitors, always talking about phones for video games. As in the “normal” model, when the lighting goes along, the quality is quite good, remarkable or outstanding. The photographs are captured quickly, good compositions are achieved thanks to the sensors that measure the depth of the objects very correctly and the sharpness is excellent. That is, in general terms, the quality of this terminal, although it is far from excellence, complies and with a very good mark, so that in addition to being able to play, we will not be ashamed to take photographs.

At night … well it surprises for good and eye, we cannot say this for many devices. Obviously the quality of the photographs is much lower than in good lighting conditions but the Black Shark 3 Pro night mode compensates very well for the lack of light. As for selfies, its 20-megapixel front camera does well.

The least good thing about the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro

Is it a tablet or a mobile phone?

There is no doubt that we are dealing with an incredible smartphone … or not. ¿Why is this really a smartphone? Indeed, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro has great performance, a sublime screen and a fairly correct camera, but as we have said before, it fails in the most basic, in being a phone.

It’s too big, 177.8 x 83.3 x 10.1mm, it has a huge screen and it’s not comfortable at all. Yes, lying in bed and playing Fornite with this bug is a joy but for normal use it is very uncomfortable, really. And when we talk about normal use, we mean calling by phone, sending messages via WhatsApp or consulting our social networks. And let’s not talk about putting it in your pants pocket, something practically impossible for those who use narrow pants.

Black Shark 3 Pro

The Black Shark 3 Pro is very large, so much so that it will not fit in the pants of many users

Therefore, if your idea was to use this terminal as the main smartphone and give sporadic use of video games, don’t do it. Unless you have very, very large hands, this Blackshark 3 Pro is not intended to be used as if it were an ordinary phone. Its use is to consume multimedia content such as series and movies and above all enjoy the hundreds of games on the Play Store. Yes, you can call him on the phone but his size is so big, it’s a big drag.

JOYUI does not finish convincing

JoyUI is the interface of this terminal. A mix of MIUI with gaming elements that honestly does not convince much. Be careful, the software of this Black Shark 3 Pro is quite fluid but everything is completely out of control. Menus are a complete mess and hard to adapt to.. All options are changed, to go to an adjustment we do not know where we should go and so on. Nonsense.

JoyUI is really intrusive and little or nothing resembles Android. Nor can we forget the number of pre-installed applications that this smartphone has, some as useless as cleaning apps. In general terms, a very ornate software very Chinese style. Yes, it is true that it has options to get the most out of video games, but what I said, all these options could have been integrated into a much cleaner and easier to use customization layer.

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro: Andro4all’s final thoughts and thoughts

Black Shark 3 Pro

More than a phone it seems like a game console, but playing with this Black Shark 3 Pro is a joy

In short, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 is a peculiar phone. Its performance is outstanding just like its screen but its enormous size and especially its chaotic layer of customization can pull back more than one. Surely someone looking for a good device with which to be sitting or lying in bed and playing their favorite titles will not find a better terminal. Now, the one who, in addition to wanting a video game console to play games at Fortnite or Call of Duty, is looking for a day-to-day phone, better think about it because it is not at all comfortable or to use –in terms of phone– nor to transport.

So what grade would you put on it? As a game console to enjoy the best ever games in the Play Store, at least 9.5. Like phone unfortunately an 8 or 8.5.

Price and where to buy the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro

The Black Shark 3 Pro has an official price of $ 899 and can be purchased from its own official website

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro, opinion and Andro4all note
Should i buy the Samsung Galaxy M21?
In favor
  • Performance: the best we’ve tested this 2002
  • Display: excelsa quality
  • Camera: without being the best on the market, above that of other gaming devices
  • Size: very uncomfortable to use as a phone
  • Software: very intrusive and very unintuitive customization layer
Conclusions A peculiar phone. As a phone it is quite large and uncomfortable but as a game console it is unrivaled. So if you are passionate about video games this Black Shark 3 Pro is unrivaled thanks to its high-end processor and an outstanding screen.

8.5 Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro

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