Tencent Black Shark 3S Review: Phone That Build For Gamers Attraction


In early March of this year, Black Shark Technology and Tencent Games jointly proposed a leading 5G gaming mobile phone overall solution. Once Tencent Black Shark gaming mobile phone 3 series went online, it was well-received by users. After 5 months, Black Shark Technology and Tencent Games jointly released a new product-Tencent Black Shark 3S.

During the experience, Gamewower clearly felt that the overall design language of the new product fully inherited the absolute symmetrical industrial design aesthetics of the Tencent Black Shark gaming phone 3 series released earlier. At the same time, the new product mobile phone no matter in terms of performance configuration and system optimization, Compared with Tencent Black Shark 3, the gaming experience and other aspects have greatly improved.

Black Shark 3S Design & Appearance

The packaging of the Tencent Black Shark gaming phone 3S is basically the same as the previous one, with a pure black appearance, some dark textures, and a silver LOGO printed in the center, still bearing the imprint of the partner Tencent Games.

Take out the phone, you can see that the texture design on the back of the phone echoes the pattern of the packaging box. It is worth mentioning that this back uses an absolutely symmetrical design, which maintains a consistent feel no matter what direction you hold.

On the lower part of the back, you can see a magnetic charging port. You can also purchase a magnetic charger to work with it to avoid blocking your hands when charging. Three-camera modules arranged in a triangle.

Gaming phones are different from conventional phones. Due to the need to leave enough space to hold the game, Tencent Black Shark 3S does not pursue the ultimate screen-to-body ratio, leaving a certain width of borders on the top and bottom. Close-up at the top, you can see the speaker + earpiece and front camera.

The chin is symmetrical to the top, and a speaker is also placed to form a stereo. At the bottom are the Type-C interface and a microphone opening. At the top, the classic 3.5mm headphone jack is still retained. As for the microphone is placed above the rear camera module, it is mainly to avoid the palm covering the microphone and affecting the reception during horizontal screen games. Close to the bottom of the side of the fuselage is the game button. Toggle the game button to switch between the dedicated game space and the normal system. The charger supports up to 66W fast charge, but the Tencent Black Shark gaming phone 3S uses a 65W fast charge specification.

Black Shark 3S Performance

Tencent’s Black Shark 3S is equipped with the flagship Snapdragon 865+LPDDR5+UFS3.1 power system. The CPU and GPU performance is increased by 25%, and AI ​​computing power is increased by 100%. The standard UFS3.1 high-speed flash memory of the whole system supports Turbo Write, Deep Sleep, and HPB three features, providing stable high-speed writing speed with low power consumption.

It is worth noting that Tencent’s Black Shark 3S introduced the PC’s RAMDISK technology to the mobile phone field for the first time. Simulate a piece of hard disk space through the memory, allowing the game/application to run directly in the memory, eliminating the hard disk read and write actions, greatly improving the startup, loading and running speed of the game/application.

A higher refresh rate and better graphics will give players a better visual experience of the game. Tencent Black Shark 3S not only uses a 120Hz high frame rate gaming screen but also is equipped with a Pixelwork independent display chip. Supported by the game HDR mode, it enhances the contrast, brightness, and color range of the game screen, making the game screen more realistic. In addition, it also provides quadruple eye protection technologies including independent display DC dimming, considering the details for players.

At present, 120Hz and 90Hz games are unlocked for the first time on Tencent Black Shark 3S, including: “Dragon Fantasy”, “QQ Speed”, “CFM”, “Ace Warrior”, “Under One”, “New Swordsman”, and “New Gods “Mainland”, “Scars of the Spirit World”, “Devil May Cry-Battle at the Peak”, “Peak Tank: Armored War Hymn”, “Running Kart”, “Peace Elite”, “Naruto”, “King of the Hunter”, “Tale”, “Kaji Expedition” “And other games.

In terms of heat dissipation, Black Shark’s “sandwich” three-dimensional liquid cooling system solution has always been the industry leader. Tencent Black Shark 3S covers the key heat source through two front and back liquid cooling tubes, achieving a “sandwich” three-dimensional liquid cooling heat dissipation, and the heat dissipation capacity of the key heat source is increased by 100%; at the same time, the first central axis motherboard design, when the game is held horizontally, The maximum distance between the grip area and the core area of ​​the heat source of the motherboard.

In terms of gaming network experience, Tencent’s Black Shark 3S uses X+X 5G antenna architecture, NSA/SA dual-mode 5G and Wi-Fi6 high-speed gaming networks, and full frequency band coverage by the three major operators. The 1ms ultra-low air interface delay is 1/10 of the 4G network delay. According to the actual measurement under “Glory of the King”, the average delay under the 5G network is 76.5% lower than that of the 4G network. The highest 2.92Gpbs ultra-high-speed download rate, more than 10 times faster than 4G network speed, can be upgraded to download large-scale high-quality mobile games in 3~5 seconds.


In terms of mobile phone battery life, Tencent’s Black Shark 3S is equipped with a 4720mAh large-capacity dual battery. The unique serial charging and discharging solution effectively increase the battery life, equivalently increasing the battery capacity by 300mAh. According to Gamewower’s actual measurement, the “Honor of Kings” battery life is long. It can reach about 7 hours. At the same time, Tencent Black Shark 3S has SQC fast flash charging. When charging with a 65W charging adapter, it can quickly charge up to 50% in 12 minutes, 85% in 24 minutes, and fast in 38 minutes, so that players no longer have to be charged by the data cable. A situation that affects the performance occurs.

AI smart three-camera fully meets the daily basic needs of players, 64 Megapixel high-definition main camera, 13 Megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, 5 Megapixel portrait camera, the camera effect has reached the industry’s advanced level.

In addition, the Black Shark Eye on the back of Tencent’s Black Shark 3S combined with the upgrade of AI lighting effects presents a strong interactive experience, meeting the needs of users for the use of lighting effects and self-adjustment in various occasions. Effective time to rhythm interval can be adjusted.

AnTuTu App running scores show that Tencent’s Black Shark gaming phone has a 3S comprehensive running score of 630,972 points, surpassing 99% of mobile phones, and the CPU, GPU, MEM, and UX scores are all leading. It has to be said that the configuration and performance of the Tencent Black Shark 3S have been greatly improved compared with the previous generation products.

Black Shark 3S OS

Compared with previous-generation mobile phones, Tencent Black Shark gaming mobile phone 3S has made a very big breakthrough in enhancing the gaming experience.

First, intelligent and stable high-quality guarantee. Considering that the multi-frame rate setting of the game and the multiple refresh rates of the mobile phone screen may not match, in some games with high delay requirements, there will be a bad experience of freezing and frame dropping. Tencent Black Shark 3S has launched game frame rate synchronization technology. With the strong support of game eco-manufacturers, the screen refresh rate of the phone intelligently follows the frame rate setting in the synchronized game to achieve a perfect match between the frame rate of the game and the phone. At present, “King of Glory”, “Peace Elite” and “QQ Speed” have completed the adaptation of this technology.

With the upgrade of the screen refresh rate, Tencent Black Shark 3S MEMC frame interpolation supports up to 120Hz video frame interpolation, providing an ultra-smooth visual viewing experience for video/live scenes. Not only that, Tencent Black Shark 3S supports two-channel video frame insertion technology and also supports frame insertion technology in the barrage scenes of major video platforms. Players can easily enjoy the video frame insertion experience in all scenes.

Second, the game is extremely fast in touch. Tencent’s Black Shark 3S is customized for games with an exclusive 270Hz high refresh rate screen sampling rate, at 120Hz high frame rate and Black Shark’s bottom touch optimization, touch response delay is a step up, single-finger touch response delay is low To 17ms, 30% improvement over the previous generation. For gamers, Black Shark also provides more personalized touch parameter customization, such as sensitivity, hand-to-hand, edge anti-error touch, and other refined touch parameters to meet the touch adjustment needs of different players.

Third, stronger control. Tencent Black Shark 3S continues the well-received dual-zone game pressure sensitivity and adds two pressure-sensitive control events in the game scene. Players can easily achieve four-finger operation with two fingers. In addition, this time 3S added intelligent pressure-sensitive mapping in the game scene, through the image recognition algorithm to help pressure-sensitive novices to intelligently adapt and map the buttons such as shooting and mirroring in the game, helping players quickly get started with pressure-sensitive functions.

In addition, the game voice control has been further upgraded. Tencent Black Shark 3S has fully upgraded the speech recognition engine, and the number of concurrent voice words has increased by 2 times. At the same time, it supports user customization of voice vocabulary. Players can define their favorite vocabulary and map it to the key events of the game.

The Gamewower test found that players can also use voice to complete quick operations such as screenshots, screen recording, incoming call answering, volume/brightness adjustment, etc. in the game. It is worth noting that the Tencent Black Shark 3S is the first attempt to introduce somatosensory control into mobile games, supporting six somatosensory gestures: left/right flip, front/backflip, and left/upper right tilt.

Fourth, the dual-engine performance upgrade. Tencent’s Black Shark 3S is equipped with Black Shark’s exclusive GameEngine performance engine and Tencent’s SolarCore dual game engine. It has refined and in-depth performance tuning around key scenarios such as game startup, loading, team battles, and focused on 120Hz high refresh rate games. Debugging and optimization effectively ensure stable operation at high frame rates. The average frame rate is higher than that of flagship phones on the same platform in the industry, bringing players the ultimate gaming performance, while significantly improving the ultra-high-quality game frame rate, bringing players smoothness Game experience.

Especially in games such as Bright Mountains, Minecraft, Ark, Collapse 3, and Dragon Fantasy, the average frame rate can be significantly increased by more than 30%.

Black Shark 3S JOYUI12 Software

1) Game macros. Through the game macro, the player can record the touch control coordinates and sequences during the game and repeat these touch sequences. In SLG games, it can help the player automatically complete complex and repetitive game operations and improve game efficiency. In addition, the game macro also supports parallel clicks of multiple macros, and also supports finger touch clicks during macro running.

2) Barrage notification function. Players’ WeChat, QQ, and SMS notifications in the game are scrolled in the form of the barrage, which effectively solves the player’s pain; at the same time, it supports the selection of 8 fonts and the adjustment of the notification background color, and players can DIY their own notification style.

3) Front light effect. Based on the original backlight effects, JOYUI12 brings brilliant frontal light effects to players for the first time, and intelligently matches the highlight moments in the game, such as the three kills and five kills of the glory of the king, highlighting the joyful atmosphere of the game. Let the player become the brightest boy in the game.

4) Hunting mode: Thanks to the independent display chip of Black Shark, JOYUI12 opens up a variety of DIY functions for display effects in the game, including functions such as hue, saturation, contrast, sharpness, and shadow enhancement. For some games, JOYUI12 has carefully adjusted a set of hunting mode display parameters to effectively enhance the display effect in the game and help players quickly find enemies and win fighters.

5) Black Shark Moments: The new version of Black Shark Moments, in addition to intelligently recording the wonderful moments of the game, also supports the efficient editing and creation of game videos, including special effects, sound effects, material stickers, subtitles, and other functions. In addition, there are more high-quality tutorials for players to learn. Players can DIY their own wonderful video of the game, edit and create the beautiful moments of the game.

6) Play screencasting: connect the phone and the computer through a USB3.0 data cable, and complete the game control of the phone through the PC screen and keyboard and mouse, bringing players a game experience of large screen and ten-finger keyboard and mouse operation.

7) Customization of the XY axis of the gyroscope: Many FPS players often use the gyroscope to rotate and control the field of view. They have different requirements for the sensitivity of the gyroscope in the horizontal and vertical directions. Some players hope that the sensitivity of the left and right is higher and can be quickly checked. The horizontal field of view has lower sensitivity in the vertical direction, and the horizontal movement will not affect the vertical movement.

8) Variety small window: JOYUI12’s Variety small window displays the small window of the game or application in the form of a floating ball, which minimizes the visual interference of the small window to the foreground application, and the game or application is still running in the background. Players can watch videos or other applications in full screen during game waiting time. Coupled with the front-end reminder function of the deep cooperation between Black Shark and the game, the information of the game’s death and resurrection will remind the player in the form of notification, effectively preventing the player from missing the key information of the game and entering the battle.

Black Shark 3S Gaming Experience

How does the performance of Tencent Black Shark 3S and the auxiliary functions of related iterations perform in the game?

Game test show

Game over has undergone experience testing through games such as “Peace Elite”, “QQ Speed”, “King of Glory”, and “Dragon Fantasy”. First of all, in terms of visual and auditory senses, the 120Hz high frame rate gaming screen presents the exquisite graphics of the game with super-sense quality.

The stereo surround sound effect, especially in “Peace Elite”, is more vividly and vividly. It is enough to distinguish the position of the sound by listening and judge the position of nearby enemies for the first time.

Moderate and heavy games are very resource-intensive, and heat and battery power are extremely difficult problems for gaming phones. Tencent’s Black Shark 3S has solved these two problems very well. After “Glory of Kings” is fully activated, the phone only feels warm after more than an hour of gaming, which is much stronger than the iPhone X series phones.

The most intuitive example is that during Chinajoy, the temperature of 1 meter above the ground in Shanghai reached 40°C. Game over brought the iPhone XS mobile phone and Tencent Black Shark gaming mobile phone 3S to turn on the navigation. Within half an hour, the iPhone XS crashed, and Tencent Black Shark 3S runs stably.

For a gaming phone, whether it can bring the ultimate control performance to the player is very important. Game over-focused on the experience of Tencent Black Shark 3S’s screen pressure, voice control, macro, and other auxiliary functions.

Tencent Black Shark 3S has added intelligent pressure-sensitive mapping to the original two pressure-sensitive control events this time. Through the image recognition algorithm, it helps pressure-sensitive novices to intelligently adapt the shooting and mirroring buttons in the mapping game to easily get started. Pressure sensing function.

This feature is a feature that Gamewower likes very much. Even without the assistance of peripherals, it can achieve four-finger operation in the game through the screen pressure, and open the mirror and shoot to kill the enemy more quickly.

It is worth mentioning that thanks to the addition of the Snapdragon 865 platform, the Tencent Black Shark gaming phone 3S supports 5G dual-mode SA and NSA, and supports n41/78/79. The Snapdragon X55 baseband plug-in on the Snapdragon 865 platform uses Manufactured in 7nm process, a single chip can fully support 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G. The 5G part fully supports millimeter-wave and frequency bands below 6GHz, as well as SA independent networking and NSA non-independent networking modes.

The addition of 5G features means that even if Tencent’s Black Shark gaming phone 3S leaves the Wi-Fi environment, it can install game updates and cache game installation packages at will under 5G networks.

Voice control demo

Compared with the previous generation version, voice control adds more keys and instructions. The voice control is set in the game. After the key positions are adjusted, the instructions can be issued through voice to achieve “squat”, “grenade”, “replacement”, etc. This kind of operation frees the player’s sense of fatigue during the long-term operation with both hands, while also having time to observe the situation.

It is worth noting that the game allows the maximum number of voices to be set at 9 at the same time. In addition, players can upload and add voices through a custom dictionary, and the length is limited to 4-8 Chinese characters.

In addition, the built-in voice control of “King of Glory” has increased from six to twenty-five, including a large number of voice releases of heroes’ utmost moves, and gradually a sense of duality and substitution.

The newly added somatosensory operation experience is extra interesting. Through the setting of six directions, the preset operation can be quickly realized by shaking the phone.

Macro is an auxiliary function that Gamewower likes very much. Recording a set of actions through a simple operation path can realize action replay. Everyone knows that in games of the SLG category, there are a lot of repeated single actions in the game, which is particularly time-consuming. With the macro function, the player can be rescued from this boring liver-smashing game.

Black Shark Moment has always been a very important function in the hands of the Black Shark game series, and an important channel for players to transform from a simple gamer to a content creator. Black Shark Moments can be recorded and manually recorded by AI to keep the wonderful shots in the game. After this major update of the system, players can edit and produce videos in Black Shark Moments more easily, including special effects and sound effects. , Material mapping, subtitle addition and other functions, and one-click release to the show sharing wonderful moments with more players.

Video editing function for wonderful moments of Black Shark Moments
Game over experienced it. It is very simple and can make an ordinary video make a different effect.

Black Shark 3S Verdict

With the advent of the 5G era, relying on the high-speed and low-latency features of 5G, mobile games can finally achieve a real end-game gaming experience. The computing power is no longer the only criterion for measuring the quality of mobile phones, but to enhance the immersion of the game. The evolution of experience is becoming the core competitiveness of mobile gaming terminal equipment, which is also a real weapon for gaming mobile phones to achieve dimensionality reduction and combat compared with ordinary smartphones.

Gaming phones are no longer just a high-performance hardware stacking arms race and ID design e-sports. How to truly bring players into the game’s immersive experience in terms of vision, hearing, and touch is the real mission.

As the product that claims to know the most players, Tencent Black Shark 3S, like previous generations of products, always considers players from the general direction to every detail. Firmly grasp the four major directions of vision, network, control, and battery life. At the same time, in-depth cooperation with game manufacturers is also a magic weapon that differentiates it from competitors. Provide customized optimization for popular games more efficiently and directly, giving players a better gaming experience.

Game manufacturers and game mobile phone manufacturers are inseparable. Tencent Games and Black Shark Technology are leading the way, and both parties are working hard to demand new breakthroughs. The former has data, content, users, and technology, and the latter has hardware and technology. Only by joining forces can we build a mobile phone that truly understands the players rather than a superficial performance stack. The needs of the players are also very simple. The fancy performance data is just to bluff people. Starting from the actual experience of the game, the details allow the players to play and enjoy the game. Only game phones like Tencent Black Shark 3S will win players.


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