Black Shark 5 with Snapdragon 870 unveiled: Specs & Price

Black Shark has unveiled the all-new Black Shark 5 gaming smartphone series in China. The series comprises the vanilla Black Shark 5,  Black Shark 5 RS, and Black Shark 5 Pro. Both the Vanilla and Pro variant bring a new design as opposed to the predecessors and have the latest hardware in their sleeves. The phones come with the fancy SharkEye RGB light effect at the back and the Pro bags DXOMark’s top-ranked speaker setup.

Black Shark 5 launched

Black Shark 5 unveiled

The vanilla Black Shark 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 870 chipset, paired with two vapor chambers for cooling. There’s no SSD here, just LPDDR5 RAM (8/12 GB) and UFS 3.1 storage (128/256 GB).

The phone uses the same display as the others, 6.67-inch AMOLED with 144 Hz refresh rate and 144 Hz touch sampling rate. Even the magnetic shoulder button is here. The camera setup matches the RS with a 64+13+5 MP triple camera on the back, while the selfie camera drops to a 16 MP sensor.

Black Shark 5 highlights

The battery is identical to that of the Pro – 4,650 mAh capacity, 120W fast charging with two modes. One gets the job done in 15 minutes, the other is gentler and takes 24 minutes. Battery bypass is available too.

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Black Shark 5 Specifications

Network Properties

  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • 5G bands: 1, 3, 5, 8, 28, 41, 77, 78 SA/NSA
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A; 5G

Launch

  • Announced: 2022, March 30
  • Status: Exp. release 2022, April 04

Design

  • Dimensions: 163.8 x 76.3 x 10 mm (6.45 x 3.00 x 0.39 in)
  • Weight: 218 g (7.69 oz)
  • Colors: Black, White, Gray
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Physical pop-up gaming triggers

Display

  • Type: AMOLED, 144Hz, 1300 nits (peak)
  • Size: 6.67 inches, 107.4 cm2 (~85.9% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
  • Always-on display

Operating System

  • Android 12, Joy UI 13

Hardware

  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G (7 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585)
  • GPU: Adreno 650
  • Storage: 128GB 8GB RAM, 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
  • Memory Card slot: No
  • UFS 3.1

Cameras

  • Main Camera: Triple
    • 64 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF
    • 13 MP, f/2.4, 120˚ (ultrawide)
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
  • Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 1080p@960fps
  • Selfie Camera: Single – 16 MP, (wide)
  • Features: HDR
  • Video: 1080p@30fps

Multimedia

  • Radio: No
  • Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
  • Audio 3.5mm jack: No
  • 24-bit/192kHz audio

Connectivity

  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
  • GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS
  • NFC: Yes
  • USB: USB Type-C 2.0

Features

  • Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Battery

  • Battery Type and Capacity: Li-Po 4650 mAh, non-removable
  • Charging: Fast charging 120W, 100% in 15 min (advertised)

Black Shark 5 Price and Availability

Black Shark 5

The Black Shark 5 will be available in China from April 2 starting at CNY 2,700 ($425/€380). More details at the official store.

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