After launching on the Chinese market, the Black Shark 3 series 5G gaming phones have finally swum over to Malaysian shores. True to their new slogan of '5G Gaming Trigger On,' the Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro are packed with features that heavily appeal to mobile gamers.
The Black Shark 3 series phones feature Master Touch 3.0, which include 4 pressure-sensitive sensors which enlarge the press zone by 48%. With a 270Hz touch reporting rate, you'll enjoy a record-breaking screen touch latency of 24ms, promising swifter reaction times. On the Black Shark 3 Pro, you'll have the added benefit of Master Triggers, which are pop-up shoulder buttons that FPS gamers will definitely take advantage of.
Performance-wise, you'll enjoy the power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with a 'Sandwich' liquid cooling system to keep heat under wraps. UFS 3.0 RAM and LPDDR5 ROM will ensure smooth and fast data transfer, as well as swift game loading.
A dual battery configuration enables 65W super-fast charging and a longer battery life - you'll only need 12 minutes to top up to 50%, and 38 minutes for a full charge on both the Black Shark 3's 4,720mAh battery and the Black Shark 3 Pro's 5,000mAh battery. What makes it extra special are the 4 magnetic charging contacts on the back, which support 18W fast charge, in addition to the traditional USB-C port.
A flawless connection is one of the most important things on a gaming phone, and you won't find that in short supply on these devices. You'll enjoy 5G and WiFi 6 capabilities, as well as upgraded dual X-shaped antennas on its back to prevent signal impedance while held horizontally.
Looks good, sounds good
The Black Shark 3 Pro boasts a 7.1" AMOLED 2K display at 3120 x 1440 resolution, while the smaller Black Shark 3 has a 6.67" FHD+ AMOLED display. Both models have a 90Hz refresh rate, plus MEMC technology which boosts 25Hz videos up to 90Hz. You'll also enjoy Delta E<1 and JNCD <0.55 colour accuracy on both, while the Black Shark 3 Pro has the added perk of 10-bit colour.
Taking handheld gaming into account, the Black Shark 3 series phones have symmetrical front-facing speakers which will minimise obstruction while in handheld position. The 3.5mm headphone jack also makes a welcome appearance for those who prefer to keep their pewpew noises to themselves.
In terms of cameras, both models share the same triple camera setup which consists of a 64MP main camera, a 13 MP ultra-wide snapper, and a 5MP bokeh camera.
Pricing and Availability
If you're looking for a new 5G gaming phone to level up your game, the Black Shark 3 will be available exclusively on Black Shark's official Shopee store for RM2,799 from 30 April onwards.
However, if you are one of the first 400 buyers to pick it up within the first week of launch, you can enjoy the phone at a special discounted price of only RM2,649! In addition, the first 150 buyers will also receive a gift bundle worth RM800, including a Black Shark FunCooler Pro, 1-year of Screen Protection, a Black Shark limited edition mouse pad, and a mystery Black Shark merchandise set.
If you're looking for the Pro version, you'll have to wait until some time in May before the price is announced.
Finally, Black Shark will be having a one-day sale in conjunction with the Raya Bersama Shopee campaign. Only on 30 April, you can enjoy the following items at a discounted price:
Black Shark 3 (8GB + 128GB): RM2,649 (save RM150)
Black Shark 2 Gamepad Left Side + Slide-Out Protective Case Bundle: RM180 (save RM19)
Black Shark 2 Gamepad Right Side + Slide-Out Protective Case Bundle: RM189 (save RM20)
Black Shark 2 Gamepad Left & Right Side + Slide-Out Protective Case Bundle: RM270 (save RM29)
Black Shark Bluetooth Earphones 2: RM360 (save RM39)
Black Shark FunCooler: RM125 (save RM14)
Black Shark FunCooler Pro: RM180 (save RM19)
Black Shark Quick Charge Power Bank: RM107 (save RM12)