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The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a slightly better phone than the Asus ROG Phone, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Asus ROG Phone  Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
Asus ROG Phone Xiaomi Black Shark 2
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Excellence Score
64.9
69.4
Value for Money Score
46.1
60.3
Price ₹ 69,999 onwards ₹ 39,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2018 Jun, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6.39 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, ROG Gaming X Mode, 108.6% DCI-P3 Color Gamut, HDR display, 90 Hz Display, Always-on Display DCI-P3 Support, Always-on display, Eye Protection mode, Intelligent Motion Compensation, Image Enhancement
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.96 GHz 2.84 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 640
RAM 8 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12MP + 8MP 48MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 24mm Focal Length, 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; 4-axis OIS; Dual Pixel PDAF, 8MP: 12mm Focal Length, Panorama, HDR, 2160p@30/60fps; 1080p@30/60/240fps (3-axis gyro-EIS) 48MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 12MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; 2x Optical Zoom, HDR, Panorama, Pro mode, Slow motion, AI Camera, Portrait Mode
Secondary Camera 8MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 24mm Focal Length, Panorama, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9um Pixel Size, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.3 mmMedium 8.77 mmMedium
Weight 200 gmHeavy 205 gmHeavy
Width 76.2 mmOk for one-handed use 75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack USB-C
Water Resistant Yes, IPX4 (Splash Resistant)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes, 18W Quick Charge 4.0 Yes, 27W Quick Charge 4.0
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger Yes, 18.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Air Triggers; Side-mounted USB Type-C Connector; NFC; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; DTS X Surround Sound; Hi-Res Audio; Google Drive: 100GB free space (1 year) In-display Fingerprint Sensor; WiFi Display; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Build quality is top-notch
  • Cool, funky design that’s both fun and serious
  • A light-up RGB logo at the back
  • The curved bezels and sides make the phone incredibly comfortable to hold especially in landscape
  • It's also fairly slim
  • Face unlock is fast and reliable
  • Very good, attractive, AMOLED display
  • One of the things that makes this a 'gaming' phone is that display that can refresh 90 times a second - a first for any OLED phone - the higher refresh rate means less motion blur and faster response times - it is a noticeable improvement over other phones when playing certain games
  • Other interesting stuff: it supports gloves, and ten-point touch
  • Asus's ROG UI, not to be confused with ZenUI, is packed with gaming features and gaming aesthetics - the iconography is unique, there is Game Center where you’ll find most of these bonus features (among them are an interface to customize the Aura Light, control fan speed on the included AeroActive Cooler accessory, and toggle X Mode – a higher-frequency CPU mode), and Game Genie which enables gamers to stream or record their gaming sessions in up to 1080p, silence notifications, and optimize memory for better performance
  • There are also of course many other non-gaming related software add-ons like ZenMotion (when the screen is asleep you can draw a letter on it to launch an app), and ZenMoji (AR cartoon avatar emojis, a la iPhones)
  • The hardware is of-course top-notch, with the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 - in fact, Asus has clocked it at 2.96GHz giving it a slight edge over other devices with the same processor - apps open lighting fast, Android animations are peppy and smooth, games run butter-smooth, and there is no lag to be seen anywhere
  • Of course the real USP of the phone is how capable it can be as an excellent, portable gaming device
  • The innovative AirTriggers to expand game control beyond the screen - these are pressure sensitive corners that double as bumper buttons for games
  • The ROG has two USB-C ports, one on the bottom and one on the side so when you're playing games in landscape mode the power cord doesn't get in the way of your hands - the side port also supports accessories like a detachable fan called the AeroActive cooler which comes with the phone
  • The AeroActive cooler actually makes a big difference in terms of performance, especially if you're going to be playing a game for 20 to 30 minutes without a break - the fan keeps the phone from getting too hot to hold and along with a software setting called "X mode" lets the processor run at its highest speed for longer during gameplay
  • Another big USP here is a ton of optional gaming accessories available for the phone - the likes that can make it indistinguishable from a dedicated gaming device
  • Accessories include the TwinView Dock (it transforms the phone into a Nintendo DS-like dual screen device and adds two physical shoulder buttons, a 6000mAh battery and a selfie camera to stream and record yourself as you play), Mobile Desktop Dock (turn the ROG into a mini gaming rig complete with nearly every port you can imagine), Gamevice controller (the ROG fits in the middle of the vice like device which has dual joysticks, fire triggers, bumpers, a D-pad and all the buttons you'd expect)
  • There is also an external mouse and keyboard support (if the game itself supports it) - although it can be a bit of a hit and miss experience
  • Asus’ strong prowess in photography is on display in the ROG - proving that compromises in areas like this aren’t necessary to have the best gaming phone on the market
  • Image quality from the dual rear cameras is very good - they capture a nice amount of detail. HDR mode adds a bit more dynamic range without going over the top with highlights and shadows
  • The second rear camera gives you a wider field of view so you can pack more into your frame - and it is really wide
  • The speakers, dotted with copper colored grills, are wonderfully loud and sound fantastic - they're right up there with the best speakers on smartphones in terms of being able to produce bombastic high-quality sound
  • Excellent battery life - the 4000mAh pack will comfortably give you a day even with heavy use - as a gaming oriented phone must
  • The ROG phone is the most specialist gaming phone Android has ever had - the high refresh rate, the AirTriggers, X mode and the fan actually work to enhance the gaming experience
  • At the same time, it's also a pretty great 'normal phone' - it has a good display, a solid camera, and a great battery life
  • Powerful, unique, industrial 'gaming device' design
  • Slick 'gaming lights'
  • The Black Shark logo on the rear of the phone can be customized to glow and pulse in just about any color
  • The included case has two small ledges onto which you can latch your fingertips - the grippy material of the case and these ledges really help you take firm hold of the phone when gaming
  • The buttons (a short volume toggle, a small power and screen button, and dedicated Shark Key) have excellent profiles and perfect action
  • Fast, effective face unlock
  • Large, crisp, punchy OLED display - you are going to enjoy playing games and watching videos on this device
  • Contrast, and viewing angles are great
  • The display also supports a 'MagicTouch' feature, that relies on the phone’s pressure-sensitive display to let you reassign controls to a more convenient location on the screen - which can make playing games in landscape mode (like PUBG) much more fun
  • The UI is mostly stock Android, which keeps things nice and simple
  • The primary modification to the software is in terms of a number of options that help you optimize the gaming experience on the phone
  • The “Game Dock” and “Light Settings” found at the bottom of the settings menu let you adjust certain aspects of the gaming experience, such as notifications, frame rates, brightness, and the floating window that acts as a dashboard for all your key performance metrics (battery temp, CPU temp, CPU frequency, and so on)
  • The Shark Key on the right side grants entry to the phone’s gaming zone, called Shark Space that squashes notifications and will essentially help you focus 100 percent on gaming - it also dumps out the RAM to help boost speeds
  • Shark Space is also a central location for all your games - any titles you download from the Play Store are automatically loaded into the Shark Space launcher
  • You’ll also find controls for the optional gaming pads - if you purchase the pads you can customize the actions for each button here, as well as perform some baseline calibrations.
  • If you don’t have the controllers, you can map on-screen buttons to perform specific tasks
  • The display is also capable of 240Hz touch sensitivity with latency as low as 43.5ms - together, these translate to faster finger recognition and quicker response to your input
  • The performance as you would expect from a gaming device, is drool-worthy - the flagship Snapdragon 855, with oodles of RAM, and other modifications like liquid cooling, and a multi-layered heat dissipation system, means that this is simply one of the most powerful Androids you can get your hands on
  • From day-to-day use to complex games, the Black Shark 2 will chomp through everything, without batting an eyelid
  • Pretty good cameras for this price bracket
  • The dual-camera setup on the rear lets you shoot normal and telephoto images, as well as use the two lenses together for portrait/bokeh
  • The majority of photos show sharp focus, and even low light shots are better than average
  • The selfie camera does a decent job too
  • You can shoot video up to 4K - they generally come out clean, well exposed, and mostly free of noise
  • Overall, especially for a gaming-centered phone, the Black Shark 2 packs some pretty capable cameras
  • Good bunch of front-facing stereo speakers - can deliver 1W of audio output, which means the Black Shark 2 can get really loud
  • There is also a dedicated gaming mic on one side of the phone to ensure it isn’t covered by your hand while you play
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAH battery, and some good optimization - with regular use, it can breeze through 48 hours and power to spare - and even with a lot of gaming time, you will comfortable get through a day
  • Fast charging support (Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0) with some very good charging speeds - 30 min plugged into the included charger will provide a 60 percent boost in battery life
  • If you are into hardcore gaming, and spend a lot of your day engrossed in PUBG or Fortnite, this is the best value-for-money dedicated gaming phone you can get, period - it's big on both personality and performance - and the bang for buck it delivers is off the charts
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • This is definitely not 'standard' smartphone design - so it might be too out there for some
  • Bulky at about 200g
  • The off-center fingerprint sensor in back and its narrow surface area means that it takes some searching for your finger to find it, and then a little more time to properly authenticate with such a small target (you will be better off using the face unlock)
  • This is simply the best gaming performance you can get on an Android phone right now (especially long-duration gaming performance, thanks to the fan) - but the new iPhones are in a different league altogether here - Apple's iPhone XS with the A12 Bionic is a performance beast that rises a couple of notches above the Snapdragon 845 - and it doesn't require a detachable fan - making the Asus solution seem quite clunky in contrast - so if you truly want the best possible performance from a phone, the iPhones are still your best bet
  • Most accessories are quite expensive though, so if you plan to use these, you will need to count them in the 'effective' price of the phone
  • Videos and lowlight photography are two areas where the the ROG Phone's cameras lag behind the leading flagships - they are decent, but not the best-in-class
  • It is not the highest raw performance smartphone though - that laurel rests with the new iPhones (apart from a larger library of games on iOS)
  • It's also not the best choice for non-gamers - you will want to look at better 'all-round' phones like the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Pixel 3, OnePlus 6T or Galaxy Note 9 instead
  • While the front of the phone is all glass, the rest of the chassis is some seriously heavy metal - this is a big and heavy device, no 2 ways about it
  • No IP-rated waterproofing
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor only has average accuracy (you will be better off using the face unlock mostly)
  • The Black Shark 2, like all gaming device tend to be, is a sharp, aggressive-looking piece of hardware, and it may be too much for regular, non-hardcore-gaming folk
  • Unlike some other gaming phones (such as the Asus ROG phone), the screen refresh rate is limited to a standard 60Hz
  • Brightness levels peak at 430-nits - it could have been a bit higher for better outdoor visibility
  • No 3.5mm headphone jack - audio output is via USB-C, and there are no USB-C earphones included either - so you will need to get your own USB-C or wireless headphones
  • The Black Shark 2 is primarily for gamers thanks to its lights, aggressive design and gaming optimizations - having said all that though, it’s a good smartphone generally speaking, and anyone looking for a standout handset, who doesn’t mind a bit of ‘grrr’, can also check it out
Expert Reviews
  1. We can definitely see it receiving all the love, but only with the right crowd
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Asus has turned in an excellent phone in the ROG...Being no stranger to what gamers and smartphone buyers want, the company hits all the right notes here
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The best way to play games on Android
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great smartphone and an excellent gaming phone
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Truly the best for gaming
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you are looking for a smartphone for the primary purpose of gaming, then the Asus ROG Phone will appeal to you
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Gamer’s delight despite a few caveats
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Asus ROG Phone is a beast...though a bit of an overkill for the current state of mobile gaming
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A supremely capable gaming smartphone...and due to an impressive all-round ability and masses of power, is suitable for everyone and not just gamers
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. An expensive way of showing off your gaming credentials
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. in.ign.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  16. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. A great phone, that we thoroughly liked..but one that we find surprisingly hard to recommend
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Black Shark 2’s pressure-sensitive screen makes mobile gaming better
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A big, powerful bite at an affordable price
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Delivers on its key promise — excellent gaming performance..but feels slightly overpriced compared to a rival such as the Nubia Red Magic 3
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Ideal gaming smartphone
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Solid value for the money
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The new king of mobile gaming
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you are a person that loves to game on the go, this is the smartphone for you
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Quintessentially one of the best gaming smartphones out there
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. One of the best gaming phones you can buy
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. A dependable option for gamers
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. This gaming phone is a real killer
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  13. Well worth the money
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A mighty phone with supreme gaming capabilities
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. Consider this one if you need an all-round smartphone that also doubles up as a gaming device
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. thenewsminute.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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