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Xiaomi Black Shark 2

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Review, Specs, Features and Price

by Obodoakor Moses

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is the second generation of Xiaomi’s gaming smartphone. Gaming on a smartphone is now the hottest trend in the gaming world. This has led to many OEM companies like Xiaomi, Asus, ZTE e.t.c to manufacture smartphone with gaming features. The Black Shark 2 succeeds the Black Shark which was released in 2018. It features high-end hardware like the Xiaomi Mi 9, Mi 9 Explorer and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. Let’s take a look at this gaming beauty.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Design

Xiaomi improved a lot on the design of their gaming smartphone. The majority will agree the Xiaomi Black Shark design wasn’t all that good. Well, the company made amends and gave us probably the best gaming smartphone in terms of design in the market right now. The Black Shark 2 features curved edges, incredibly thin bezels, no notch and looks quite like the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus from the front view. While at the back is a glass curve design around a metallic rectangle-like shape which houses the “Shark logo”.

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 weighs a hefty 205 grams and dimensions of 163.6 x 75 x 8.8 mm. There is a dual rear camera at the top left corner with LED flash underneath. The fingerprint sensor is underneath the display, it’s super responsive and fast. Colour options to choose are Black, Silver and Blue.

Dimensions: 163.6 x 75 x 8.8 mm
Weight: 205 grams
Build: –
SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Colours: Black, Silver, Blue
Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5 mm jack: No
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

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Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Display

The Black Shark 2 sports a 6.39 inches touchscreen. The display type is AMOLED with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It features 1080 x 2340 pixels, 403 PPI density, Always-on display and 100% DCI-P3. The display is clear and exquisite to the eyes. In order to keep the cost of manufacturing the phone down, it features FHD rather than the Quad HD display most users would have preferred. The Black Shark 2 display features TrueClarity MEMC Technology processing, which helps in presenting smoother visuals. Other gaming display features include 43.5ms latency and Master Touch.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2
Xiaomi Black Shark 2

Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Size: 6.39 inches (81.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (403 PPI density)
Protection: –
– Always-on display
– 100% DCI-P3

Camera

Despite not being a camera focused smartphone, the Black Shark 2 comes with a reputable camera setup. At the back is a dual camera setup featuring a 48 MP & 12 MP sensors. The camera can record 4K videos at 30 frames per second and 1080p videos also at 30 frames per second. For selfies, the Black Shark 2 sports a 20 MP selfie camera featuring f/2.0 aperture and HDR.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2

Main Camera
Dual: 48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF + 12 MP, f/2.2, (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps

Selfie Camera
Single: 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
Features: HDR
Video: 1080p@30fps

Hardware

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has better performance than its gaming smartphone competitors such as Razor Phone 2 and Asus ROG Phone. This is mainly because it’s powered by the new Snapdragon 855 SoC which features eight-cores of Kyro 485 processor and Adreno 640 GPU. The gaming smartphone scores 367,949 on AnTuTu benchmark test, 3517 on Geekbench 4 single-core test and 11,295 on Geekbench 4 multi-core test. Memory option available on this device is 6GB/128, 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB and 12GB/256GB.

In order to main a good internet connection when gaming, the Black Shark 2 comes with an upgraded version of the company’s X-type Smart Antenna and also two more antennas on the sides. So you don’t have to worry about the poor connection affecting your gameplay.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 comes with an option of using two controllers similar to the Nintendo Switch’s JoyCons. These controllers come in handy especially when you playing first-person shooter games and the likes. The controllers can be connected to the smartphone by flicking the “on” switch and it automatically connects to the device via Bluetooth. The controllers come at an extra cost though.

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Chipset: Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
CPU: Octa-core Kryo 485 (1×2.84 GHz & 3×2.41 GHz & 4×1.78 GHz)
GPU: Adreno 640
Memory: 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB, 12GB/256GB
MicroSD: No

Software

Unlike most Xiaomi smartphones with MIUI user interface, the Black Shark 2 runs on stock Android 9.0 Pie with Google pre-installed apps. It comes with QuickStep and Microsoft Launcher. There is Gamer Studio which is a place to configure your desired gaming settings such as WiFi connection level, connecting controllers and performance monitor.

OS: Android 9.0 Pie
User Interface: Stock Android
Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Features: –

Battery

What’s a gaming smartphone without a big battery capacity? That’s why the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is packed with a non-removable Li-ion 4000 mAh battery capacity. This capacity should get you about 5 hours of game time with maximum brightness. Thanks to its 27W fast battery charging, a full charge takes about 70 minutes.

Type: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
Charging: Fast battery charging 27W

Connectivity

WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC: No
Radio: No
USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Price

6GB/128GB: $496
8GB/128GB: $559
8GB/256GB: $629
12GB/256GB: –

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