A new phone dubbed the Black Shark marks, in a roundabout way, Xiaomi’s entry into the gaming phone market. The device’s launch follows an investment made by Xiaomi in Black Shark Technology, a Chinese gaming company that will presumably form part of the Mi ecosystem.

Xiaomi Black Shark

Upon first glance, it definitely looks to have the LED-obsessed gamers taken care of with neon green trimming around the phone frame and on back. As another nod, it even possesses an integrated liquid cooling system to keep it running cool while playing your favorite games, like PUBG Mobile or Final Fantasy 15 Pocket Edition – though modern phones don’t have much trouble running the cream of the crop at max fps.

Looking at the specs first and foremost, gamers certainly won’t be disappointed. The “Black Shark” offers a Snapdragon 845 paired with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. There’s also up to 128GB of storage, or 64GB if you opt for the lower tier, as well as a “liquid cooling system” which Xiaomi claims can lower temperatures by up to 8 degrees Celsius.

The phone offers a 6-inch, 1080p HDR display, but it’s unclear right now if it is a 120Hz panel like the Razer Phone. The “Black Shark” will also offer Android Oreo but with Xiaomi’s “Joy UI” skin over top. One cool aspect Xiaomi shows off on its site about this is the ability to swipe the fingerprint scanner to pull up a shortcut menu when games are active.

The Black Shark phone is available to preorder online now for 3499 yuan (about $480) for a model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage — which is pretty cheap for a phone with a Snapdragon 845. It’s not clear whether Xiaomi will be selling it directly, however. We’ve reached out for clarification on this and the relationship between the two companies.

Although gaming phones are still a pretty niche market worldwide, they make more sense in China than most other places due to the overwhelming popularity of relatively hardcore mobile games like the dominating MOBA Honor of Kings and various spins on the PUBG battle royale formula. Dedicated consoles don't have the same degree of penetration in China, so the idea of a phone focused on gaming performance could well be appealing to serious players. Last month, Xiaomi also announced its first gaming-first computer, the Mi Gaming Laptop.