Black Shark launches the Black Shark 3 series

Featuring actual shoulder buttons



As March finally gets underway, the mobile gaming race is reaching its boiling point. For the past few weeks, various brands have challenged each other for AnTuTu scoring supremacy. Hype is, of course, only one ingredient of a smartphone launch. You need an actual smartphone, too. Finally, we’re seeing one gaming phone for real.

Today, Black Shark has launched the Black Shark 3 series: a pair of powerhouses consisting of the Black Shark 3 and the Black Shark 3 Pro.

As expected, the top-of-the-line series will feature the Snapdragon 865 chipset, complete with 5G connectivity and a new liquid cooling system. The duo will also come with 8GB to 12GB of RAM, a triple rear camera (64-megapixel main + 13-megapixel ultra-wide + 5-megapixel depth) combination. Both have also resurrected the 3.5 audio port.

As for differences, the regular Black Shark 3 offers a 128GB or 256GB option for internal storage. It packs in a 6.67-inch FHD+ screen and a 4720mAh battery.

Meanwhile, the Black Shark 3 Pro offers LPDDR5 memory for the 12GB of RAM option. It only offers one option for internal storage: 256GB. However, compared to its sibling, the premium smartphone packs in a gigantic 5000mAh battery, compatible for 65W fast charging. Supposedly, the battery charges from empty to full in just 38 minutes.

Also, the Black Shark 3 Pro comes with pop-up trigger buttons, like those you see in gaming controllers. The new feature hammers in the mobile gaming feel of the new series. According to Black Shark, the triggers can last at least 300,000 clicks without any breakages.

For now, the Black Shark 3 series will launch exclusively in China. The regular variant comes in Lightning Black, Armor Gray, or Star Silver. It will start at CNY 3,499 starting March 6. Meanwhile, the premium variant comes in Phantom Black or Armor Gray. It will start at CNY 4,699 starting March 17.

SEE ALSO: Black Shark 2 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines


Xiaomi’s 200W charger is coming next year

Production starts June



Xiaomi is reportedly gearing up for the mass production of its 200W HyperCharge next year. This week, the charging wars heated up with iQOO’s rumored 160W charging solution coming out for the iQOO 8. Though the rumor was impressive, Xiaomi’s 200W wired charging solution, which was revealed earlier this year, was always looming in the shadows.

Back in May, the Chinese company official unveiled the charging solution, touting a charge time of just eight minutes for a 4000mAh battery. The solution also boasted a 120W wireless charging compatibility to boot. Naturally, as with most new technologies announced, it takes a while before the company can safely release it for the public. True enough, some reports warned that the blazing fast solution actually degraded batteries.

However, according to Chinese publication MyDrivers, Xiaomi is ready to unleash it to the public. The company is reportedly aiming for production to start as early as June 2022. It will supposedly pair up with Xiaomi’s most premium model next year, the Mi 12 Ultra.

For years, Chinese companies have worked on creating the best charging solutions for consumers. Though most new ones are just experiments at this point, some are already coming out for the market. Besides the impressive 160W charger from iQOO, Samsung is also reportedly working on a much-needed fast charger for next year’s flagships.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils 200W fast charging technology, calls it HyperCharge

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Trials of Mana now available on mobile

Mobile gamers might want to try this!



Since its release in 1995, the Trials of Mana has come a long way. From the 16-bit era to the mobile gaming platform, this game is rich in history spanning 26 years. Now, the 3D remake of the JRPG classic Trials of Mana is now available on mobile.

The mobile version of the game includes many features, including new touch controls,  adjustable graphics settings and cloud save capabilities. Players can also receive two pieces of starting gear to help jumpstart their quest. The starting items are the Rabite Adornment and Silktail Adornment. 

Originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 in 1995, Trials of Mana is a remake of the third entry in the classic Mana series. The game features a selectable main cast  with upgradable classes and over 300 different abilities to learn as they discover a world of secrets and mysteries. The series’ action battle system will put players to the test as they encounter enemies. The game was received well by its release on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam platforms.

Price and Availability

Trials of Mana is available on iOS and Android devices via the App Store or Google Play Store. The game is priced at US$ 23.99. 

SEE ALSO: Trials of Mana review: A nice glow up


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Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is coming to Genshin Impact

Will be available for all players… eventually




Turns out the PlayStation and Genshin Impact collaboration goes beyond PlayStation 5 specific updates. Aloy from the PlayStation game Horizon Zero Dawn will be a playable character on Genshin Impact.

Aloy — a five-star character — will be playable for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 players via in-game mail when Version 2.1 drops. The character can then be played on any platform thanks to the cross-save feature after being claimed from the PS5 or PS4.

Not a PlayStation player? Fret not. Aloy, will arrive to all players who have reached Adventure Rank 20 on Version 2.2. Her weapon, unfortunately, is a PlayStation exclusive.

Version 2.1 and Version 2.2 will also bring other updates that MiHoyo promised to release in detail shortly. Version 2.1 is coming on October 13, 2021 while version 2.2 will arrive on November 24, 2021. Could these also be clues on when the Horizon Zero Dawn sequel will release? We’ll have to wait and see.

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world action RPG that brings players to the world of Teyvat. The player takes on the role of the mysterious “Traveler,” who sets off on a journey to discover the fate of their lost sibling.

Horizon Zero Dawn was a PlayStation exclusive game that launched in 2017. It received plenty of critical and commercial success. Its sequel — Horizon Forbidden West — is set to arrive in late 2021.

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