The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is Xiaomi’s attempt to capture the gaming audience with a lower price range. Priced at Rs. 39,999, the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has the looks and the power to be considered as a gaming phone.
However, the phone does falter when compared to ROG. Otherwise, it stays at the top in what it does, coming with a fast processor and great display. It is a great affordable gaming phone to go for.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 makes its mark as a gaming phone by Xiaomi. It has the following pros and cons:
- The phone has an aggressive gaming design built to impress the gaming crowd.
- The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 arrives with a sharp AMOLED Display which presents the colours of the games wonderfully.
- The phone has a killer performance suited for playing high-end games.
- The battery of this phone holds enough juice to keep chugging for an entire day or more.
- The phone does not come with NFC.
- It does have an IP rating for waterproofing.
- The cameras on this phone are quite mediocre.
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 stands out as a gaming phone is a lower price than the ROG handset. It remains capable of handling the heat generated and hence, it is an all-round gaming device to purchase.
Xiaomi’s gaming phone Black Shark 2 adds a lot of grunt in its performance and brings the oomph factor in its display, becoming an accomplished gaming phone.
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has a 6.39-inches Full HD+ display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner present just like Huawei P30 Pro and OnePlus 6T. The phone comes with an AMOLED screen which adds a lot of punch to the phone. It has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The responsive is excellent but not as good for games like PUBG. The colour accuracy is quite vibrant. There is a bit of hyper-saturation, especially when the games require it, but switching to Home screen tones it down automatically. The phone features an Eye Comfort mode that lowers the blue-light emission of the phone. There is also the Video HDR mode that upscales the general dynamic range and Super Cinema mode that boosts frame rates and optimize video playback quality. However, the phone isn’t flawless. The ambient light tends to be laggy and can get dark in bright environments.
Black Shark 2 is one of the aggressive looking phones of Xiaomi. It has around a 15g bump in weight from the previous Black Shark, but remains slim at 8.8mm. The phone does not feel very chunky. The look is similar to the Batmobile-style of Black Shark. There is heavy bevelling, and there is a green trimming on the front that grabs light and glints, giving it a premium look. At the back, the phone has a dual camera module which looks like two beady eyes and settles in two different materials – glass and matte metal. The Black Shark logo lights up with a spectrum of RGB colours. The volume rocker is present on the left, and the power button is present on the right. At the base, there is a USB Type-C port. The phone does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. The only problem is the lack of water resistance. There is no NFC either.
The Black Shark 2 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset along with a 6GB or 12GB RAM. It is a powerful chipset, and it can run 3D games without a problem. The phone also has liquid cooling systems to keep the heat low, unless you ramp it up in the Ludicrous Mode in the Game Dock settings. The lack of NFC is one of the problems with the phone. Gaming is where the real fun begins with this phone. It has a pressure sensitive screen which vibrates to give you an immersive experience. The phone comes with Game Docs which bring up different game tools that will help you to help you customize the gaming environment and have an extra edge in gaming processes. You can even overclock the GPU and CPU to have ultimate gaming experience. However, it may warm up the phone. The speakers are brilliant on this phone as well and are plenty loud to give you an all-round gaming experience.
The phone comes with a 48MP primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture and a secondary supporting camera of 12MP with an f/2.2 aperture with 2x zoom. In ideal conditions, the images come out sharp and pleasing. However, there is a bit of contrast and over-sharpening, which makes it look a bit artificial. The black areas look flat despite the AMOLED screen. In low-light, however, the camera was able to cope with the changes. The images do not look brightened up and preserve the natural colours.
The phone has a front camera of 20 megapixels. It is a decent selfie camera which produces images with a lot of bright colours. There are enough details in the photos. However, the dynamic range is not great for both rear and selfie cameras.
The video is recorded at around 4K resolution. It has electronic Image stabilization which works well with the videos. In ideal light, the telephoto camera gets activated. Low-light footage is ok but can get a bit grainy.
The Black Shark 2 arrives with a 4,000mAh battery. It is quite a heavy model and is quite adequate for the AMOLED screen as well as the Snapdragon 855 chipset. Running a FUll HD video for 90 minutes in maxed brightness found that the battery drained only about 8%. It is surprising since it shows a very efficient battery under the hood. The phone does not come with wireless charging but has fast charging, which can get it charged within 2 hours. Battery Saver modes include limiting of vibrations and background data activity.
The Black Shark 2 has a few flaws, most of which are on account of lacking waterproofing and NFC features. As a gaming phone, Asus ROG may be pricier and better performing phone with a robust design. However, at a lower price, the Black Shark 2 packs a punch. It has the oomph in the design and a fantastic display. The stealer, of course, remains the battery and the performance couple – the pair is designed to give you the best experience in gaming. Camera-wise, the phone is quite good, but since it is a gaming phone, cameras have not been a top priority for it. For gamers looking for a gaming phone, Black Shark 2 has everything that will serve their purpose. However, if you are not a gamer, then you could go for Xiaomi Mi 9 for a lower battery but similar specification – minus the aggressive gamer-inspired design.
- Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
- Thickness0.35 inches
- Height6.44 inches
- Weight205 g
- ColorBlack, Silver, Blue
- BuildGlass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame
- Width2.95 inches
- Display TypeAMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Screen Size6.39 inches
- Pixel Density403 ppi
- Display Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
- Aspect Ratio19.5:9
- Screen to Body Ratio81.70%
- CPUOcta-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 3x2.41 GHz Kryo 485 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
- Chipset GPQualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
- GPUAdreno 640
- OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie)
- Expandable MemoryNo
- RAM/Internal Storage256 GB, 8/12 GB RAM, 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM
- Dual Camera48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2, 0.8 micron12 MP, f/2.2, (telephoto), 1.0 micron, 2x optical zoom
- Back Camera FeaturesLED flash, HDR, panorama
- Back Camera Video2160p30fps, 1080p30fps, 720p120fps
- Front Camera Video1080p30fps
- Single Camera20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9 micron
- Front Camera FeaturesHDR
- HeadPhone JackYes
- Audio FeaturesActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- User ReplaceableNon-removable
- Battery Capacity4000 mAh
- ChargingFast battery charging 27W
- Battery TypeLi-Ion
- USB2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
- Network SupportGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE
- GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
- SensorsFingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Announced On2019, March
- StatusAvailable. Released 2019, March
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