Black Shark 2 with Snapdragon 855, 12GB RAM, and in-display fingerprint sensor launched

“The Black Shark 2 is a gaming-centric device with Liquid Cooling 3.0 technology, ‘cybersport battery’, Magic Press feature”

Xiaomi-backed Black Shark has finally introduced its next-gen gaming smartphone, the Black Shark 2, in China. The handset comes as the follow-up to Black Shark Helo and is targeted at hardcore gamers with powerful specifications. To start with, the Black Shark 2 sports an almost bezel-less display with high refresh rate, Qualcomm’s flagship chipset, 12GB of RAM, and a newly founded Liquid Cooling 3.0 tech to keep the heat under check. Moreover, the handset can be connected to a TV or external display via HDMI cable and 3D Touch-like technology called Magic Press. 

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Black Shark 2 price

The Black Shark 2 price starts from RMB 3,199 (~Rs 32,700) for the base 6GB + 12GB storage variant. The slightly better 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 128GB storage versions have been announced at RMB 3,499 (~Rs 36,000) and RMB 3,799 (~Rs 39,000), respectively. Lastly, the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage will set you back to RMB 4,199 (~Rs 43,000). The handset will go on sale in China starting from March 22nd in Black, Ice Silver, and Blue colour optionsThe company is yet to reveal the date for the global debut of Black Shark 2, but it is likely the handset will be heading to India soon.

Black Shark 2 specifications

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Talking about the specification, the Black Shark 2 comes with glass metal design, which is said to be inspired by racing cars. It sports a 6.39-inch ‘TrueView’ AMOLED display with Full HD+ (1,080 x 2,340 pixels) resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Although the display is almost bezel-less, the tiny borders on the top and bottom of the device offer “better grip and eliminate accidental touches.”

The Black Shark 2’s display also supports ‘DC dimming technology’ and adaptive display function for automatically adjusting the display effect to the outside ambiance. Under the hood, the handset employs an octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset that is forged using the latest 7nm process and paired with Kyro 485 CPU and Adreno 640 GPU. The SoC is backed by up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage. The handset can be converted into GamePad 3.0 which are attached to the sides and allow playing with physical buttons. 

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The back of the phone features a rugged design, RGB backlit LED logo, and dual rear cameras. The cameras rock a combination of 48-megapixel + 13-megapixel sensors with f/1.75 and f/12.2 aperture lens. For selfies, it gets a 20-megapixel shooter with f/2.0 aperture on the front. The handset doesn’t sport a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack but offers a double stereo speaker placed on the vertical ends of the device and three microphones.

The phone comes running Android 9.0 Pie-based Black Shark OS out of the box that offers a slew of gaming options. There’s also a dedicated Shark Space slider button on the edge of the device that the company claims can further enhance the performance. A whopping 4,000mAh battery with up to 27W fast charging tech fuels the device. Other features include an in-display fingerprint sensor and connectivity options such as dual nano-SIM, WiFI ac, Bluetooth 5.0, aptX and aptX HD, dual frequency GPS, USB type C. Lastly, the device measures 163.61 x 75.01 x 8.77 mm and weighs 205 grams.

Key Specs

Xiaomi Black Shark 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | 6 GBProcessor
6.39 inches Display
48 MP + 12 MPRear camera
20 MPSelfie camera
4000 mAh Battery
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Review Summary

Expert Rating3.5/5



  • Great design
  • Gorgeous display
  • Powerful cameras
  • A good battery with fast-charging abilities


  • No headphone socket
  • Heats up
  • Priced higher than its peers
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