Xiaomi recently launched a new gaming phone dubbed BlackShark 2 in China with a pretty impressive price tag coupled with the hardware tailored to meet the expectations of gaming enthusiasts. The device has since gone on sale in China but there has been no word on global availability. Well, until now, BlackShark has revealed that the BlackShark 2 will be available for the Europe and UK market today at CET 18:00, their price you can check below in the table and it will be available on the dedicated website for BlackShark’s gaming smartphones.
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.
This gaming phone has a Liquid Cool 3.0 liquid-cooling technology which is Tower-wide global liquid cooling system that uses a liquid-cooled plate and liquid-cooled tube that can effectively cover all the heat-generating components to reduce the CPU’s core temperature by up to 14° C, compared to 12° C in the predecessor.
The handset also has a Magic Press pressure-sensing technology similar to that of Apple’s 3D touch which makes the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 a unique gaming smartphone and will definitely give it an edge over its competitor Vivi iQoo.
The back of the phone features a rugged design, RGB backlit LED logo and dual rear cameras. The cameras rock a combination of 48MP + 13MP sensors with f/1.75 and f/12.2 aperture lens. For selfies, it gets a 20MP 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.
Connectivity suite of the smartphone includes Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, GLONASS, and USB-Type C port. The sensors on board the handset are an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and in-display fingerprint sensor.
The Black Shark 2 is available today in Europe and the UK. The model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs €549 / £479. The upgraded 12/256GB version is €649 / £559 and it will be available on the dedicated website for BlackShark’s gaming smartphones.