Xiaomi’s latest project makes its entry in the gaming battlefield and it is set to compete with smartphone goliaths like the Galaxy S9.

Officially announced a couple of days ago, the Xiaomi Black Shark is the first ever gaming-centric phone from the popular Chinese brand. And as always, it is equipped with extremely powerful hardware but without the sky-high asking price.

While the difference in cost is definitely far from each other, the Galaxy S9 and Xiaomi Black Shark are definitely close in the hardware department. So without further adieu, let’s start our specs comparison.

Samsung Galaxy S9 hands on

Xiaomi Black SharkSamsung Galaxy S9
Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Android 8.0 Oreo
Samsung Experience 9
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display5.99-inch Full HD+ IPS
2160 x 1080 pixel resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED
2960 x 1440 pixel resolution, ~568ppi
18:9 aspect ratio
Processor2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core2.9GHz Samsung Exynos 9810 octa-core
GPUAdreno 630Mali-G72 MP18
Storage64GB / 128GB UFS 2.164GB
Front Camera20-megapixel
f/2.2 aperture
AR Emoji
Rear Camera12-megapixel f/1.8 sensor
20-megapixel f/1.8 dual-pixel sensor with
2x optical zoom
Phase detection autofocus
LED flash
Dual pixel sensor
2x optical zoom
960fps slow-mo
dual-LED flash
SecurityFingerprint scanner
Facial recognition
Fingerprint scanner
Iris scanner
Facial Recognition
Connectivity4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 ac, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
4G LTE, Cat. 18, up to 1.28Gbps
WiFi 802.11 ac, Hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
USB Type-C
AudioDual speakersDual AKG speakers
Dolby Atmos
OthersDedicated GamepadIP68 water and dust resistance
Bixby 2.0
Dimensions161.6 x 75.4 x 9.3mm147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
ColorsPolar Night Black
Sky Gray
Midnight Black
Lilac Purple
Coral Blue
Quick Charge 3.0
3000mah Li-Po non-removable battery
Fast charge, Wireless charging

Obviously, the Galaxy S9 beats the Xiaomi Black Shark overall. However, that doesn’t mean that Xiaomi’s first effort in creating a gaming smartphone is a failure. In fact, it offers incredible value.

The screen of the Samsung Galaxy S9 is undoubtedly second to none, and it is still the very best in the market today. The company’s Super AMOLED has more pixel density and better colors than the competitor’s IPS panel.

When it comes to the hardware inside, both have a Snapdragon 845 chipset version — probably the processor of choice for most flagship smartphones coming out in 2018. Samsung also has its own Exynos 9810 which will be used in different regions around the world. Xiaomi equipped the Black Shark with more memory and storage — 50% more RAM on the standard 6GB + 64GB model and twice the amount in the 8GB + 128GB variant.


See also: Huawei P20 vs Samsung Galaxy S9: Specs Comparison

The Galaxy S9 has an IP68 certification which means that it can be submerged in water for a certain without getting damaged. On the other hand, the Xiaomi Black Shark lacks waterproofing, but it makes up for it with its dedicated gamepad. Unfortunately, it’s not included in the retail package out of the box, but customers can purchase it separately.

Black Shark is holding 33.33% more battery capacity than the S9. This means that it could potentially last longer in a busy day, but it could also be a tie given that AMOLED is very efficient in handling the battery.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ price specs features availability

Perhaps everything still boils down to the reliability and price. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is battle-tested already and it’s made by one of the best Android manufacturers in the world. Meanwhile, the Black Shark gaming smartphone is the first ever product of the company of the same name.

The Galaxy S9 costs Php45,990 in the Philippines. Xiaomi is yet to release more details about the Black Shark gaming smartphone, but we expect it to roll out to internationally and to other regions if it gets good sales in China. The price for the said smartphone is CNY 2,999 which is approximately Php25,000 in Philippine peso.

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