Black Shark 2 at Rs 20,000 discount: 3 reasons it’s a bad deal (and 6 reasons it’s a steal)

“The Black Shark 2 is a gaming-centric smartphone with Snapdragon 855 SoC and is selling at a price of Rs 19,999 during the Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale”

Black Shark 2 (review) is selling on Flipkart at an extremely attractive price of Rs 19,999 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option during the Flipkart Big Shopping Days sale. That’s a whopping discount of Rs 20,000 on the gaming-centric smartphone from Xiaomi that was launched almost 10 months ago in India. It’s a limited period offer that is likely to last until March 22nd (which is when the Flipkart sale ends). At a price of Rs 19,999, the Black Shark 2 is now the most affordable Snapdragon 855 smartphone in India, which is one of the many reasons you should consider buying the device during the sale. That being said, the phone is not without its problems as well. Here’s a look at some of the reasons why you should buy the Black Shark 2, and a few reason to ignore the device.

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Black Shark 2 – Why you should buy it

The Black Shark 2 ticks almost all the box that you might be looking for in a gaming smartphone.
  • At a starting price of Rs 19,999, the Black Shark 2 is the cheapest Snapdragon 855 SoC phone available in the market right now.
  • The handset sports ships with a 6.39-inch AMOLED TrueView display that supports touch sampling rate of 240Hz, which means the phone will offer a smoother gaming experience than any other device in this segment.
  • The Black Shark 2 has a Liquid Cool 3.0 multilayer cooling system that is rated to reducing core temperature by up to 14-degree centigrade.
  • The Black Shark 2 comes with some dedicated gaming features as well such as Magic Press pressure-sensitive tech and Ludicrous Mode, which instantly boosts the phone’s performance to provide fast gameplay and buttery-smooth frame-rates.
  • The Black Shark 2 rocks dual rear cameras with 48MP primary camera. The front camera of the phone gets a 20MP shooter. As we said in our review, the Black Shark 2 will “floor you with its imaging prowess.” 
  • The Black Shark 2 is driven by a 4,000mAh battery with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging powers all these components. 

Black Shark 2 – Why You shouldn’t buy

Having said that, Black Shark 2 has a handful of shortcomings. These include:

  • A dated software. The Black Shark 2 runs Android 9 Pie-based Joy UI out of the box and there is no word yet on when the smartphone will receive Android 10. 
  • The handset also lacks Widevine L1 support, which means you will not be able to stream content on platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in full HD resolution.
  • Last but not the least, the Black Shark 2 comes with just 60Hz refresh rate screen. The low refresh rate means that you’ll miss out on the smooth and fluid experience that smartphones with 90Hz or 120Hz offer such as the Realme 6 Pro and POCO X2.