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A Xiaomi gaming handset a la Razer Phone could be in the works

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Is Xiaomi launching a gaming smartphone — perhaps in the mold of the Razer Phone?

It could be, if recent reports are to be believed. A device with all the makings of a 2018 flagship, code-named Blackshark, has showed up on benchmarking website Antutu. Interesting because almost two weeks ago, Xiaomi was rumored to have invested in a handset maker that is focused solely on gaming phones. The name of the company? Nanchang Black Shark Technology Co., Ltd., or simply Black Shark.

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What’s more fascinating is that Xiaomi partner investor Sun Changxu is reportedly on the board of Black Shark, too. This could mean that the device spotted on Antutu could very well be the first Mi handset for gamers.

Xiaomi Blackshark gaming phone Antutu benchmark score leak on Revu Philippines

The Antutu benchmark score of Xiaomi’s alleged gaming phone, code-named Blackshark

Powering it is the same chipset that is expected to be used by this year’s premium smartphones, including the soon-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

The listing further revealed that the Blackshark will feature a display with 2160 x 1080 resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio; Android 8.0 Oreo; 8GB RAM; and 32GB of internal storage — though there might be variants with higher memory. It scored a whopping 270,680 points, which is higher than the alleged 265,267 rating of the Galaxy S9’s Plus version.

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To compete with the Razer Phone, the Blackshark’s screen could also have a 120Hz refresh rate. The higher the refresh rate, the more valuable it is for gaming and reducing lag.

What could this alleged Xiaomi device possibly offer more? When will it be released? How much will it sell for? The waiting game begins.

Main image via Tutto Android

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 22 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.