“The iQOO and Black Shark Helo are expected to launch in India soon, but which should you be waiting for?”

Since the boom of gaming smartphones started, we’ve been treated to some incredibly well-designed devices that provide the best hardware needed to play the latest Android games. The latest addition to those smartphones is the Vivo iQOO, which has already been launched in China, and has an impending release in India as per 91mobiles’ sources. It’s the perfect competitor to the Black Shark Helo handset from Xiaomi that was launched late last year, and is expected to land on our shores this month. These two gaming-focused devices are capable of playing any advanced game available right now, without any hiccups. So if you wondering which one should you be waiting for, our detailed comparison might help you make up your mind.

Vivo iQOO vs Black Shark Helo price and availability

Vivo IQOOIn China, the Vivo iQOO will be sold at a starting price of 2,998 RMB (approximately Rs 32,000). This is the price of its 6GB RAM model, which comes with 128GB of storage. At 3,298 RMB (about Rs 35,000), you can go for the 8GB RAM model, which also ships with 128GB of storage. And then there are the 8GB + 256GB and 12GB + 256GB models, which cost 3,598 RMB (about Rs 38,000) and 4,298 RMB (about Rs 45,000), respectively. The phone is expected to arrive in India this June. 


The Black Shark Helo is also a phone that hasn’t yet been launched in India. Its starting price in China happens to be 3,199 RMB (about Rs 34,000) for its 6GB RAM variant with 128GB of storage. There are 8GB + 128GB and 10GB + 256GB models that cost 3,499 RMB (~Rs 37,000) and 4,199 RMB (~Rs 41,500), respectively.

Vivo iQOO vs Black Shark Helo specifications, design and features

The Vivo iQOO has an LED strip on its back surface, which is somewhat of a necessity for gaming phones these days. Not surprisingly then, the Black Shark Helo also holds an LED light embedded into the ‘S’ logo on its back. The two cooling vents on the back of this device also stand out. Its rear surface has been equipped with dual cameras and a fingerprint scanner, whereas the glass-based rear shell of the iQOO is only home to a triple-camera system.

Vivo IQOO 2

The Vivo phone grabs a full-screen front surface that’s made possible by a teardrop notch. This display measures 6.41-inches diagonally and the AMOLED panel comes with full HD+ resolution. Moreover, it comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner. As for the Black Shark Helo, it has been blessed with a 6-inch AMOLED display, which too renders its visuals in full HD+ resolution. Type-C ports make their way into both the phones, but while the Vivo handset offers a headphone socket, the Xiaomi phone chooses to give it a miss. Both the devices have ditched microSD card slots in favour of more storage models.

The Vivo iQOO’s internals are highlighted by the Snapdragon 855 chipset. This latest-and-greatest offering from Qualcomm offers the benefits of an advanced 2.84GHz octa-core processor and an Adreno 640 GPU. As for the Black Shark Helo, it doesn’t lag far behind, with its Snapdragon 845 SoC, which comes with a 2.8GHz octa-core processor and an Adreno 630 GPU. The iQOO comes with up to 12GB of RAM, depending upon the model you opt for. In comparison, the Black Shark Helo ships with up to 10GB of RAM.


Both these phones offer liquid-cooling systems to keep the heat down during long gaming sessions. There are a few other unique features about these handsets that you ought to know. The iQOO has big touch-sensitive areas on its frame to allow for console-like triggers. Professional-grade haptic engines have also gone into the phone. The Black Shark Helo has optional gamepads that can be attached to its top and bottom surfaces. The software onboard the Vivo phone is Android 9.0 Pie-based Funtouch 9. There are numerous software boost features have been added on top to aid your gaming experience. Same goes for the software onboard the Black Shark Helo, which is Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 10.

Vivo iQOO vs Black Shark Helo camera and battery 

You would not expect a gaming phone to grab great camera hardware, but these phones do kick in great optics. The iQOO’s triple-camera module includes a 12MP f/1.8 main snapper, a 13MP ultrawide shooter and a 2MP depth sensor for portrait shots. Its front snapper is a 12MP unit. As for the Xiaomi phone, it houses a 12MP f/1.8 main camera and a 20MP f/1.8 secondary camera, which delivers optical zoom as well as portrait effects. The front camera of this phone is 20MP in resolution.

VivoiQOO battery

4,000mAh batteries go inside these two devices, but the Vivo iQOO’s ridiculously fast 44W charging speed cannot be beaten by the Black Shark Helo’s 18W adapter. In fact, the brand claims that the iQOO can be fully charged within just 45 minutes. 


Both the Vivo iQOO and Black Shark Helo have their own merits and demerits. So in the end, it all boils down to what features you’d like your ideal gaming phone to have. Though it also depends upon their India pricing as and when they’re launched in the subcontinent. Tell us which one among them you would choose.