News Xiaomi Black Shark 2: new gaming smartphone officially launched

Redmi, Mi, Pocophone and er, er, yeah, Black Shark. Xiaomi’s “sub-brand”, which specializes in gaming smartphones and produced the Xiaomi Black Shark last year, a good design for such a gaming phone, now brings the successor. The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has now been officially launched.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Gaming Smartphone

Technical data of the Xiaomi Black Shark 2

Display 6,39″ AMOLED Display (2340 x 1080p, 19.5:9 aspect ratio)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 @ 2,84 GHz
Graphic chip Adreno 640
Main memory 6/8/12 GB LPDDR4X RAM
Internal memory 128/256 GB UFS 2.1
Main camera 48 MP Sony IMX586 with ƒ/1.75 + 12 MP Tele camera with ƒ/2.2
Front camera Sony 20 MP with AI scene detection & portrait mode, aperture ƒ/2.0
Battery 4.000 mAh with 27W Quick Charge 4+
Connectivity LTE Band 1,3,5,7,8,20, WLAN AC, GPS//BDS, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM
Features Fingerprint sensor in display | USB Type-C | Face Unlock
Operating system MIUI 10.2, Android 9
Dimensions / Weight 163,61 x 75,01 x 8,77 mm / 205 g

Gaming design

Attentive China gadgets readers may even know that the Black Shark 2 is strictly speaking the manufacturer’s third smartphone. However, Xiaomi is moving away from the design of the Black Shark Helo and is again more oriented towards the first generation. At least the back could be almost 1 to 1 Black Shark, but the dual camera is arranged vertically and not horizontally. Moreover, these “notches” on the back are not quite as drastic and the Black Shark 2 looks a bit “flatter”.

The front doesn’t differ much from the other top models of this generation. The display diagonal of 6.39 inches is identical to the Xiaomi Mi 9 and Mi Mix 3 and the Full HD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080p is also the same. The Black Shark 2 also uses an AMOLED panel, which was introduced in the series with the Black Shark Helo. In addition, one speaks here of a “Trueview” display, in which an extra image processor ensures that the panel is automatically adjusted so that the best possible color representation is always displayed. The fingerprint sensor is also in the display!

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Fingerprint Sensor

Perhaps the biggest surprise here is that the Black Shark 2’s design doesn’t involve you in any experiments at all. No notch, no slider, no hole-punch display and no dual screen. Simply a screen edge at the top and bottom, the 20 megapixel front camera sits on the top. And we ask ourselves, why don’t more manufacturers do that, because this has been good for the Meizu 16th.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 back side

Up to date

A gaming smartphone must of course be well equipped for corresponding games. The Snapdragon 855 from Qualcomm is used as the processor, and that’s no big surprise. The current top CPU with up to 2.84 GHz naturally also drives the gaming smartphone. We already know this from the Xiaomi Mi 9 and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G. In addition there is at least 6, 8 or even a proud 12 GB RAM and optionally 128 or 256 GB mass memory.

The gaming smartphone may not be a camera smartphone like the Mi 9, but the 48 megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with ƒ/1.75 aperture is still on board. But there is only one more sensor, a 12 Megapixel camera sensor with telephoto lens, which has a ƒ/2.2 aperture.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Cameras

The battery size is relatively large again. Like its predecessor, the Black Shark 2 gets a 4,000 mAh battery. This can be supported with the Quick Charge 4 standard and charged with a maximum of 27W. Wireless charging is not supported.

Xiaomi offers USB type C as connection possibilities, but no 3.5 mm headphone connection. For this there is Bluetooth, Dual Band ac-WLAN and even in the China version the most important LTE bands. But NFC doesn’t seem to be built in. The Black Shark 2 will first be released as a China version, so it will only be available in English or Chinese, but from the first generation a global version has been released, so we expect a global version!

Gaming Features

In order to avoid overheating during demanding games, the “water cooling”, with which the first generation was advertised, has been reworked. First of all, it is not a water cooling, but the use of heatpipes or a vapor chamber, which conduct the heat away from the CPU. Here described as “Liquid Cooling 3.0“, it should be 20 times as effective as a “normal” cooling.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Cooling

With the Magic Press feature you as a gamer have the possibility to adjust the sensitivity of your display. This is especially important for first-person shooters, where every gamer has different preferences. The response time could probably be reduced to 43.5 ms!

Black Shark 2 Magic Press

Evaluation

Basically the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 looks like a Xiaomi Mi 9 with more power. Instead of focusing on the camera, the focus is on the performance and the display, plus there’s a larger battery and the typical gaming design. In China the mobile phone starts at $520, so it should cost at least $570 from the import shops. The versions with more memory cost accordingly more, the 12 GB version costs in China with over $630.

But do you need an extra gaming smartphone if there is already a very strong Xiaomi Mi 9? Is it more about performance or design?

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Thorben

My special interests are smartphones from China and I am always keen to discover new smartphone accessories like smartwatches and headphones. 

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