BlackShark to be bought: New reports from several reliable sources (GSM Arena, Weibo, Twitter & Digital Chat Section) claim that Tencent Games will acquire Xiaomi’s BlackShark Division for 3 Billion Chinese Yuan, which is about 470 Million US Dollars.
No, we don’t have an official statement from both Xiaomi and Tencent about this yes, but the deal looks promising because Tencent has worked with other brands in the past and most of their partnerships were pretty successful. There are no other details about the acquisition of the BlackShark brand as of now.
Tencent is not exactly known for smartphone hardware but after this acquisition, it looks like they are ready to develop smartphone gaming hardware on their own. They have partnered with ASUS in the past resulting in good, optimised games that are stable for their ROG lineup of phones. They also partnered with Nubia for their Red Magic gaming smartphones.
This could also mean one more thing: BlackShark phones might go global (and might come to India) again. Ages have passed since we saw a BlackShark device come to India so this is something we are looking forward too. BlackShark phones have always been one of the top in Android Benchmarks so the are pretty good at sustaining their performance over long, intensive gaming hours.
But there is something else to think about. Poco is also supposedly an “independent” brand, but almost all their phones are just rebranded Xiaomi phones or Redmi phones that sell for cheaper. Realme is also apparently “independent” from Oppo but one look at their portfolio and you can tell the parent company has a lot of influence, same goes with Honor and OnePlus too.
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So while BlackShark might be “sold” to TenCent, there is a very good chance that a lot of the manufacturing and production and components, etc will all still come from Xiaomi. We have no idea what software the phones will run, but nobody will be surprised if it runs a slightly different “JoyUI” or “BlackShark UI” that the existing BlackShark phones run on in China.
There is also another reason why this is exciting and that’s because the gaming smartphone space has evolved since 2018. Gaming phones are no longer just ‘gaming phones’, they are good all-around phones as well with great battery life, they also have reverse charging and they can also function as power banks thanks to huge capacities, they have good displays and speakers that result in a better overall multimedia experience.
But the competition is not really huge. Only Lenovo (Legion Series), ASUS (ROG) and Nubia (Red Magic) make good global gaming phones. It will be nice to see BlackShark enter this space and give some competition to these brands in the gaming smartphone niche.
Other brands like IQOO make decent smartphones (except the UI) for gaming too, so this space is about to get a lot more competitive and also the phones look very value for money. Gaming phones are definitely not pointless.
While any flagship can give you a good gaming experience, gaming phones are just better for gaming because they can sustain their performance without getting too hot for way longer, thanks to better thermals and some also have fans. Also, the triggers are a nice bonus.
BlackShark 5 Series: 8 Gen 1 and 144Hz.
So there are plans to launch the BlackShark 5 series of phones this year and there is a good chance they will go global too. Two smartphones are said to be in this lineup, one of them has already got the MIIT Chinese certification, so we can confirm the device does exist. Both have weird codenames and model numbers.
From the previous gen, upgrades are said to happen to battery capacity. The BlackShark 5 is said to come with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Chipset. Of course, we can expect Android 12 based on JoyUI. A 4600 MAH Dual Cell Battery with 100W Fast Charging is expected. We might see a 1080P 120Hz display on this.
The other “Pro” BlackShark phone is said to come with a larger 5000 MAH Battery and 120W Charging. Quite possibly a 2K 6.8in OLED Panel with a 144Hz Refresh Rate. BlackShark 4S and 4S Pro had the 870 and 888 respectively, so we are not sure if both the 5 and the 5 Pro will have 8 Gen 1 but there is a good chance. We cannot rule out the use of an 888+ too on the non pro.
Note that the BlackShark 5 series has not been confirmed or teased yet officially by Xiaomi and these are just leaks and predictions.
That is all we have for now. What do you think of the acquisition of BlackShark by Tencent? Would you buy a BlackShark phone if it ends up coming to India? Drop a comment down below with your thoughts.
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