The Black Shark gaming smartphone has been mentioned quite a few times thus far, and Xiaomi has not officially confirmed its investment in that device. Xiaomi had reshared Black Shark's post on its official Weibo (Chinese social network) page, confirming investment into Black Shark as a company, while Xiaomi also mentions that this is a brand new company which is working on a gaming smartphone.
Black Shark has already confirmed that the device will be fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core SoC, while it was also confirmed that it will launch on April 13. Having said that, the Black Shark smartphone had also surfaced on both AnTuTu and Geekbench recently, while the design of the phone leaked as well. In addition to the Snapdragon 845, the Black Shark phone will ship with 8GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, according to AnTuTu. It will also include a fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) display, though we still do not know what display size to expect, but it will be a large panel, that's for sure. Android 8.0 Oreo will come pre-installed on the phone, though it remains to be seen if Xiaomi's MIUI OS will be installed on top of Google's OS or not. The phone managed to score 270,680 points on AnTuTU, which is one of the highest scores thus far. It is worth noting that a 6GB RAM variant of the Black Shark smartphone may arrive as well, but nothing is certain just yet.
Now, as far as the phone's design is concerned, the device looks more like a handheld gaming console than a smartphone. It resembles PlayStation Vita to a degree, and it comes with two analog pads, and a number of additional physical keys which should make gaming a lot easier and more immersive. A 3.5mm headphone jack is also included here, though do keep in mind that this design has not been confirmed just yet, so take it with a grain of salt, the same can be said for the phone's specs as well. It will be interesting to see whether this smartphone will include Xiaomi's branding or not, and we'll get all the necessary info in about 10 days.