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Xiaomi Black Shark 3 vs Black Shark 3 Pro: What’s the difference?

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For the first time ever, Xiaomi released two new additions to their popular gaming line, all at the same time. Meet the new Xiaomi Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro.

This is the first time that Black Shark released two new smartphones at the same time, instead of gradually coming up with different devices with confusing names.

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The reason for this is, it will give consumers flexibility depending on their budget. Xiaomi fans can opt for the cheaper Black Shark 3 if they want to save money or go with the Pro model if they want to splurge.

But how different are these devices are with each other? Do you really have to spend more to get the best mobile gaming experience, or are you better off settling with the budget option?

We’ll answer those questions in our Xiaomi Black Shark 3 versus Black Shark 3 Pro specifcations and features comparison.


Xiaomi Black Shark 3

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Operating SystemAndroid 10
Joy UI 11
Android 10
Joy UI 11
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED
2400 x 1080 pixel resolution
~392ppi
HDR10+
90Hz refresh rate
MEMC 2.0 display processor
7.1-inch QHD+ AMOLED
3120 x 1440 pixel resolution
~483ppi
HDR10+
90Hz refresh rate
MEMC 2.0 display processor
Processor2.84GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core
Dual Heatsink
2.84GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 octa-core
Dual Heatsink
RAM8GB/12GB8GB/12GB
GPUAdreno 650Adreno 650
Storage128GB/256GB
UFS 3.0
non-expandable
256GB/512GB
UFS 3.0
non-expandable
Front camera20-megapixel20-megapixel
Rear Camera64-megapixel (f/1.8)
13-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
PDAF
LED flash
64-megapixel (f/1.8)
13-megapixel (ultra-wide, f/2.25)
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
PDAF
LED flash
AudioHeadphone jack
Stereo speakers
Headphone jack
Stereo speakers
SecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Connectivity4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NAVIC
USB Type-C
Magnetic pins
4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NAVIC
USB Type-C
Magnetic pins
Othersn/aPhysical trigger buttons
Dimensions168.72 x 77.33 x 10.42mm177.9 x 83.29 x 10.1mm
Weight222g253g
Battery4,720mAh
65W fast charger
Magnetic 18W charger (sold separately)
5,000mAh
65W fast charger
Magnetic 18W charger (sold separately)
ColorsLightning Black
Armor Gray
Star Silver
Lightning Black
Armor Gray
Price8GB/128GB: CNY3,499 (~Php25,500)
8GB/256GB: CNY4,699 (~Php34,300)
12GB/256GB: CNY4,999 (~Php36,400)
8GB/256GB: CNY4,699 (~Php34,300)
12GB/256GB: CNY4,999 (~Php36,400)
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As you just saw, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro are pretty much the same devices. They even have the same design, with a triangular camera bump that was duplicated on the bottom for symmetry.

Their prices might be different, but Xiaomi doesn’t want budget-conscious customers to feel they are making a huge compromise by going with the cheaper Black Shark 3.

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If performance is only you’re after, then saving cash and going with the non-Pro Xiaomi Black Shark 3 is a no-brainer.

This thing is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. Easily one of the best and fastest chipset you can find on any Android phone. They come with two heatsink for better thermals.

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The screen might be smaller, but it still has that fast 90Hz refresh rate. It should make gaming feel smoother, helping the fast processor to fully flex its power.

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Besides the performance, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro also share the same cameras.

We have a 64-megapixel primary shooter, a camera that you’d find in a lot of flagships today. There’s also the 13-megapixel ultra-wide, 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 20-megapixel selfie camera.

Both devices also come with stereo speakers, in-display fingerprint scanners, and Joy UI based on Android 10 which gives an edgy look and have better gaming optimizations.

We also have a special magnetic pin on the back that lets you quickly snap a charger (sold separately) if your battery runs out in the middle of a game. It’s also less distracting than the traditional charger that sticks out on the sides when you’re playing in landscape mode.

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And of course, there’s the ultra-fast 65W fast charger, which can easily give a full charge in under an hour. Xiaomi had to split the battery into two to achieve this feat without overheating and blowing up the device. It’s kind of a similar implementation with OPPO’s SuperVOOC technology.

Again, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 is a no-compromise option and already a great device as it is.

But if you don’t mind spending a bit more, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro has some worthwhile advantages over the non-Pro model.

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For one, it has a bigger and sharper 7.1-inch QHD+ panel, versus the 6.7-inch FHD+ screen that the former has.

Xiaomi also crammed in a larger 5,000mAh battery (vs 4,720mAh) on this handset. With a device as powerful as this, you want the biggest battery you can get.

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Xiaomi’s website also says that it will have a 512GB model. Albeit, the pricing for that one has not been announced yet.

Probably the most interesting one is the addition of two physical pop-up triggers each corner. These extra physical buttons should be great for shooting games and whatnot.

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But if those extras don’t matter to you — and if you don’t like carrying an enormous 7-inch smartphone — then you might be better off with the Xiaomi Black Shark 3.

The Black Shark 3 price starts at only CNY3,499 (~Php25,500) for the 8GB/128GB model. That’s CNY1,200 (~Php8,700) cheaper than the Pro model’s starting price of CNY4,699 (~Php34,300) for the 8GB/256GB variant.

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