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Black Shark 3S announced in China with 120Hz AMOLED display from just ~RM2432

by Vyncent ChanJuly 31, 2020
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Black Shark has just announced their latest gaming smartphone, the Black Shark 3S. Surprisingly, Black Shark didn’t take the opportunity to throw in the latest Snapdragon 865+ chipset for bragging rights, instead reusing the Snapdragon 865 here. But there are some upgrades which might entice you to get the Black Shark 3S instead of the Black Shark 3.

The Black Shark 3S comes an upgraded display which now runs at 120Hz instead of the Black Shark 3’s 90Hz. This is paired up with 270Hz touch polling for increased responsiveness. On top of that, the screen is also pressure-sensitive, allowing for a more intuitive gaming experience. Shoulder triggers are better, but it seems like Black Shark wants the Black Shark 3 Pro to remain relevant despite releasing the Black Shark 3S as a newer model.

black shark 3s gestures

Speaking of an intuitive gaming experience, the Black Shark 3S also supports motion gestures involving the gyroscope as well as audio commands. I have no idea how that performs, but I do suspect that it will take some getting used to. If you prefer a more conventional gaming experience, there’s also the USB screen-mirroring tech that promises a mere 40ms latency.

black shark 3s cooling

Under the hood, most of the hardware are carried over directly from the Black Shark 3, with the exception of the storage. Black Shark equipped the Black Shark 3S with UFS 3.1 storage instead of the UFS 3.0 storage that came with the Black Shark 3.

Black Shark 3S Specs

  • Snapdragon 865, octa-core up to 2.84 GHz, 7nm
  • Up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • Up to 512GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • 6.67″ FHD+ AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 270Hz touch polling
  • 64MP f/1.8 + 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide + 5MP f/2.2 macro
  • 20MP f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 4720mAh battery, 65W fast charging
  • 12GB + 128GB: 3999 CNY (~RM2432)
    12GB + 256GB: 4299 CNY (~RM2614)
    12GB + 512GB: 4799 CNY (~RM2918)

black shark 3s colors

The Black Shark 3S will come in two colors, a sleek blue-silver option and a classic black color. We aren’t sure if it will replace the Black Shark 3 here in Malaysia, but you might want to wait for it or the ROG Phone 3, if you are considering a gaming phone at this point in time.

Pokdepinion: I wonder if there will be a Black Shark 3S Pro just around the corner?

About The Author
Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.