The Xiaomi-backed Black Shark was made to lure in gamers and to basically compete with the Razer Phone.

The Xiaomi Black Shark is rigged with a slew of high-end components to make it the perfect companion for those who want to go serious about mobile gaming. However, this also meant that the Xiaomi Black Shark has serious hardware that might also appeal to regular, non-gamer consumers.

With that, the Black Shark will also be competing with other flagship devices that are out in the market today. One of these devices is the ASUS Zenfone 5Z — a smartphone that’s also from a company that wants to bring the best value for the buck.

ASUS Zenfone 5 2018 - NoypiGeeks

So the question is, how does the two fair against each other? Is Xiaomi’s new handset more than just a gaming smartphone? Is ASUS latest flagship more than just good looks?  Learn the answer to those questions in our Xiaomi Black Shark vs ASUS Zenfone 5Z specs comparison.

Xiaomi Black SharkASUS Zenfone 5Z
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Android 8.0 Oreo
ZenUI 5.0
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display5.99-inch FHD+ IPS
2160 x 1080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
97% DCI-P3 coverage
6.2-inch FHD+ IPS
2246 x 1080 resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-coreQualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
GPUAdreno 630Adreno 630
Storage64GB / 128GB UFS 2.1
expandable via microSD up to 2TB
Front Camera20-megapixel
f/2.2 aperture
Rear Camera12-megapixel (Wide, f/1.8) +
20-megapixel (Telephoto, f/1.8)
dual-pixel sensor
Phase detection autofocus
LED flash
12-megapixel (f/1.8) +
8-megapixel (120-degree wide-angle)
240fps slow-mo
Phase detection autofocus
LED flash
SecurityFingerprint scanner
Facial recognition
Fingerprint scanner
Facial recognition
AudioStereo front speakersStereo speakers
Connectivity4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 ac, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
4G LTE, X20 Gigabit modem
WiFi 802.11 ac, Hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
USB Type-C
OthersDedicated GamepadAI-powered camera modes
Dimensions161.6 x 75.4 x 9.3mm153 x 75.7 x 7.9mm
ColorsPolar Night Black
Sky Gray
Meteor Silver
Midnight Blue
Quick Charge 3.0
3300mAh battery
Fast charge

Xiaomi Black Shark Specs

It appears that the Xiaomi Black Shark and the ASUS Zenfone 5Z are really similar to each other — at least in the spec sheet. But it is actually not so surprising since they almost have the same price as well.

Both devices use the same industry-leading Snapdragon 845 processor. The two also share the same Full HD+ IPS display, although the Zenfone 5Z is slightly taller due to its 19:9 aspect ratio.

The rivals run on the same Android version, but with their own take on the user interface with Zen UI and Joy UI. There are also stereo speakers, facial recognition, and dual-SIM capabilities.


See also: Xiaomi Black Shark vs Razer Phone: Specs Comparison

And while the Black Shark has a better set of cameras, ASUS is clearly showing more effort in this department by introducing a slew of AI-powered camera modes and features.

The Xiaomi Black Shark proves that it’s really meant for gamers as it has a bigger 4000mAh battery, a dedicated gamepad (sold desperately), and a really aggressive for-gamers type of design.


So if you don’t mind having a smaller battery, or more pixel-dense cameras, then you might enjoy the Zenfone 5Z’s sleeker and relatively elegant design.

The ASUS Zenfone 5Z has an official price of Php29,995 in the Philippines. Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Black Shark’s price in China is CNY 2,999 which is around Php25,000 when directly converted. Of course, that’s before taxes and dues, so we expect the price to go up if ever it comes to PH.

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