Xiaomi, China's largest smartphone startup, has been rumored for over a month in China over rumors of a powerful new gaming phone. We've seen photos and details about the phone's specifications over and over again, and fans of Android have definitely caught their interest. Xiaomi's flagship smartphones have been known for some time to offer top-notch fit and finish, as well as cutting-edge specifications like other flagship phones, but they are usually sold at a fraction of the price of competing flagships. Xiaomi does the same with mid-range and entry-level phones, which are usually far better value than phones with similar price.
This strategy has been extremely successful for the company in several key markets, including India and, of course, China. Market research firm IDC expects Xiaomi to become the world's fifth largest smartphone provider in 201
Xiaomi unveiled the new Xiaomi Blackshark on Friday, a state-of-the-art smartphone with the high-end specifications you'd expect from a flagship phone in 2018. But in addition to what we already know from leaks, the phone includes one Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, a 2160 x 1080 pixel color LCD display, Android 8.0 Oreo and a whopping 8GB of RAM – the Xiaomi Blackshark also packs the Pixelworks third generation iris chipset, giving the mobile phone the unprecedented mobile gaming experience. Experience offers.
Here are some of the key features that Pixelworks Iris tech provides from the company's press release:
- True Clarity for Smooth, Blur-free Motion for Videos and Games
- True Color for delivering up to 1 billion accurate and still vivid colors
- In-line color calibration to achieve color accuracy that does not allow for differences in actual color over displayed color
- A comprehensive tone-mapping pipeline to capture HDR10 videos of the creator's intent
- Refined contrast management and sharpness for more realistic gameplay
"We all witnessed the performance wars that brought console and desktop games to unprecedented levels." said Xiaomi Blackshark CEO Peter Wu. "Now that smartphones are in the spotlight, mobile gamers expect the same levels of performance and entertainment they've had on larger devices so far, and with the Pixelworks Iris chipset, Blackshark is the first to offer this kind of superior user experience on a smartphone."  Pixelworks CEO Todd DeBonis added, "Blackshark, an Xiaomi-backed company, has developed an innovative smartphone that uses Pixelworks Iris technology, bringing cinema-quality video, true-to-life color accuracy, and bringing mobile gaming to a new level Working closely with Blackshark to enable many of their flagship smartphone's advanced video features. "
The Xiaomi Blackshark will be released in China next Friday, April 20. It is unclear what Xiaomi's plans for Blackshark's introduction to additional markets are, but we do not expect the phone to be sold in the United States.