Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (12GB RAM, 256GB)  +1 variation

price₹ 49,999 onwards

launchJun, 2019

79.7

excellence score

62.3

value for money score

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Design

  • 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
  • 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

Display

  • 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
  • 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

Software

  • 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

Performance

  • 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

Camera

  • 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

Audio

  • 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
  • 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

Battery

  • 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

Verdict

  • 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
  • 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

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  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 »
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Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (12GB RAM, 256GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.39 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • DCI-P3 Support
  • Always-on display
  • Eye Protection mode
  • Intelligent Motion Compensation
  • Image Enhancement
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Gyroscope
  • G-sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Pressure Sensor
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.84 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 640
RAM8 GB
Memory
Internal Memory256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity4000 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 27W Quick Charge 4.0, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight205 gmHeavy
Thickness8.77 mmMedium
Width75.0 mmOk for one-handed use
Camera
Primary Camera48MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (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
Secondary Camera20MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • 0.9um Pixel Size
  • HDR
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • In-display Fingerprint Sensor
  • WiFi Display
  • MIMO

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