Our Opinion

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Xiaomi POCO F1 (8GB RAM, 256GB), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Xiaomi POCO F1 (8GB RAM, 256GB) 
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Xiaomi POCO F1
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Excellence Score
69.4
53.1
Value for Money Score
60.3
59.7
Price ₹ 39,999 onwards ₹ 28,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10 Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.39 inches 6.18 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2246 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type AMOLED IPS LCD
Display Features DCI-P3 Support, Always-on display, Eye Protection mode, Intelligent Motion Compensation, Image Enhancement IPS LCD, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Sunlight display, Night display, Reading mode, Color temperature adjustment
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with LiquidCool TechnologyRanked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Adreno 630
RAM 6 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 12MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 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 12MP: F/1.9 Aperture; Dual Pixel Autofocus; 1.4um Pixel Size; Sony IMX363 sensor, 5MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.0 Aperture, Portrait mode, EIS, Low light enhancement, HDR, Panorama, Face recognition, AI Beautify, AI dirt detection, Slow motion video
Secondary Camera 20MP 20.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 0.9um Pixel Size, HDR LED flash, AI portrait mode, AI detection of 10 different scenes, Selfie timer, Face recognition
Internal Memory 128 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.77 mmMedium 8.8 mmMedium
Weight 205 gmHeavy 182 gmMedium
Width 75.0 mmOk for one-handed use 75.3 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, 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, 27W Quick Charge 4.0 Yes, 18W Quick Charge 3.0
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 In-display Fingerprint Sensor; WiFi Display; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration MIMO; WiFi Display; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD; Dual Smart PA
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Rugged design, with top-notch fit and finish - one of the most solidly built phones in recent times - comes with a polycarbonate chassis instead of a glass finish more commonly seen in this price bracket these days - what that means is that it looks less premium, but at the same time will be much more durable over the long term
  • Excellent IR based facial recognition - which works in the dark too (like the iPhone X) - the unlock time is just 0.1ms - in fact it works so well, that you will likely end up not using the fingerprint sensor at all (which itself, works very well too, in case you do want to use it)
  • Very good 6.18-inch FHD+ 19:9 display - excellent brightness levels ensure that there are zero issues with reading the contents on the screen under harsh sunlight as well
  • MIUI has always been one of the most refined Android UIs out there, and continues to get even better - it offers a good combination of aesthetics, useful added functionality, lots of customizability, and optimization - and now it also has an app drawer like stock Android (there are some preinstalled apps like UC Browser, Amazon, and Facebook, to Microsoft apps like Word and Excel, but all of these apps can be uninstalled if you don't need them)
  • And as is the case with all phones running Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, the POCO F1 offers Treble, and POCO says it will honor the warranty for those users that tinker with custom ROMs - in fact POCO is actively encouraging the modding community to make custom ROMs for the phone - which means that (unofficial) Android updates will continue to be available for the phone for a long, long time to come
  • Top-end performance, backed by the scorching Snapdragon 845 - the speed here is right up there with the likes of the OnePlus 6, and other flagships - it delivers blistering performance day in, day out - coupled with a well optimized MIUI, you are going to get butter smooth performance all through
  • To further differentiate the F1, POCO has incorporating liquid cooling in the device, which is designed to boost sustained peak performance times - there's a vapor chamber next to the chipset that siphons heat and dissipates it over a wider area, preventing the phone from overheating during prolonged gaming sessions - what that means is you could play graphics-heavy games for hours on end, and the phone doesn't warm up in any significant amount
  • Good dual rear camera setup, with plenty of AI chops - photos taken in daylight come out with plenty of detail and high dynamic range - bokeh shots come out well too - and low-light shots are decent too - overall the camera is pretty close to that on the OnePlus 6 in overall quality (and the OnePlus 6 costs much more!)
  • Good front camera too - delivers some great vanity shots, and is surprisingly good in portrait mode, getting most of the edges right, and blurring out background beautifully
  • Video recording quality is pretty good too, with quality 4K and 1080p shots
  • Good call quality and dual VoLTE support
  • The speaker is one of the best you'll find at this price point, and the F1 gets loud — playing games and watching videos is a delight on this phone - a major reason for that has to do with the fact that the phone has Dirac HD Sound — a mainstay on Xiaomi phones in the past - the earpiece also doubles up as a secondary speaker
  • The F1 is in a class of its own when it comes to battery life, outclassing even the battery powerhouse Redmi Note 5 - thanks to the combination of the 10nm Snapdragon 845, the 4000mah battery, and well-optimized MIUI - you'll easily get two days' worth of use out of the F1
  • The F1 supports Quick Charge 3.0, and Poco is bundling an 18W charger in the box - it takes just under two hours to charge the device fully, and you'll be able to go from flat to a 50% charge in just under 30 minutes
  • Combine the excellent battery life + the excellent fast charging, there isn't a single flagship that comes close to the F1 in terms of battery life
  • On the whole, the Poco F1 gives incredible performance at an unbeatable price - nothing comes close - and some great devices like ASUS' ZenFone 5Z, and the OnePlus 6 start to look expensive in comparison (which is saying something) - the F1 is a durable all-rounder flagship that will serve you well in all areas - and it comes right now with an incredible value-for-money proposition
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • The polycarbonate design means that it definitely doesn't look quite as premium as the OnePlus 6, or the Zenfone 5Z (although what it lacks in looks it makes up for in durability, so it depends on what you value)
  • The display has fairly significant bezels around it, compared to the tall displays on other flagship phones
  • Low light performance is one area where it's not quite as good as the OnePlus 6 camera, since it lacks OIS
  • Like other recent Xiaomi phones, the Poco F1 does not support HD streaming from Netflix and Amazon Prime (the content is streamed at max 540p), due to a certification issue, so you might want to keep that in mind if you plan to use these services on your phone
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. A remarkably well-rounded budget smartphone
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A Pocket-Friendly Flagship Slayer
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Xiaomi has hit the ball right out of the park
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Deal of the Century
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. At Rs 20,999, it can’t get any better
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Incredible value for money
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. A good phone, but an amazing deal
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. At this price, Poco F1 is a steal
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Unmatched value for money
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The phone is so fiercely priced for a package this well rounded, that it is hard for us to not recommend it
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Xiaomi redefines flagship with this hard-to-beat smartphone
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Simply the best value for money smartphone you can buy
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  22. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  23. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  24. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  25. thenextweb.com hands-on Read Review »
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