8/10
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The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.39"
Camera
41+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Verge

Black Shark’s application of this sort of tech is still mostly a gimmick. Its utility will vary depending on what games you like to play, and you won’t get much use out of it if you’re already an ace at playing games on a touchscreen. But personally, it was revelatory. Instead of logging onto Twitte...

- Cameron Faulkner, The Verge
BGR

The Black Shark 2 is definitely an impressive gaming smartphone to be launched in India at its price point. It has excellent gaming performance, and ways to improve on the basic set of options in the games. With excellent battery backup, and rather good optics, RGB in all the right places and design...

- Bodhisatwa Ray, BGR
Gizbot

This is a complete package for a gaming audience as well as for a normal audience which is searching a good phone in this price range. Altogether I must say that the USP of Black Shark 2 is its top-of-the-line spec sheet at a really aggressive price. The company is offering an excellent performance...

- Karan Sharma, Gizbot
Android Headlines

Xiaomi’s Black Shark 2 is, all things considered, a very good smartphone. It’s brilliant in terms of aesthetics and in performance and it’s going to be second to none -- especially at its price. But to take full advantage of that and see a noticeable difference with various features, there’s way too...

- Daniel Golightly, Android Headlines
Android Headlines

Compared to the competition, which effectively only bring marginal improvements to their displays in terms of refresh rates that most users won’t notice, the Black Shark 2 represents a middle-ground that doesn’t actually sacrifice where it really matters. Other gamer-specific smartphones are great b...

- Daniel Golightly, Android Headlines


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Common Questions


Xiaomi released the Black Shark 2 on March 18, 2019.


Xiaomi backs up the Black Shark 2 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6.39"

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2's screen size is 6.39 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
41+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 41+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 20+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery.

Black Shark 2 Specs

Overview
Release date March 18, 2019
Regions available UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/2100/800 /850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSDPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8/12 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Silver, Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.36 x 7.5 x 0.88 cm (6.4 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 205 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel density 403 pixels
Size 6.39 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 100% DCI-P3, in-screen fingerprint scanner
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Unknown
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
41+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
2x optical
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, telephoto), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
20+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
f/2.0, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


The Verge

Its pressure-sensitive screen makes mobile gaming better

from The Verge

Black Shark’s application of this sort of tech is still mostly a gimmick. Its utility will vary depending on what games you like to play, and you won’t get much use out of it if you’re already an ace at playing games on a touchscreen. But personally, it was revelatory. Instead of logging on...More

Black Shark’s application of this sort of tech is still mostly a gimmick. Its utility will vary depending on what games you like to play, and you won’t get much use out of it if you’re already an ace at playing games on a touchscreen. But personally, it was revelatory. Instead of logging onto Twitter every few minutes, for a lack of anything better to do on my phone, I actually felt the rare pull to play a mobile game.

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BGR

Pure basic gaming experience

from BGR

The Black Shark 2 is definitely an impressive gaming smartphone to be launched in India at its price point. It has excellent gaming performance, and ways to improve on the basic set of options in the games. With excellent battery backup, and rather good optics, RGB in all the right places and des...More

The Black Shark 2 is definitely an impressive gaming smartphone to be launched in India at its price point. It has excellent gaming performance, and ways to improve on the basic set of options in the games. With excellent battery backup, and rather good optics, RGB in all the right places and design to go with it, the Black Shark 2 is an ideal gaming smartphone.

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Gizbot

Affordable gaming smartphone with astounding performance

from Gizbot

This is a complete package for a gaming audience as well as for a normal audience which is searching a good phone in this price range. Altogether I must say that the USP of Black Shark 2 is its top-of-the-line spec sheet at a really aggressive price. The company is offering an excellent performan...More

This is a complete package for a gaming audience as well as for a normal audience which is searching a good phone in this price range. Altogether I must say that the USP of Black Shark 2 is its top-of-the-line spec sheet at a really aggressive price. The company is offering an excellent performance device which will not miss a single chance to impress you. Black Shark 2 is an affordable gaming smartphone that gives you the best of both worlds.

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Android Headlines

This phone is good for what it is but probably not for the average use

from Android Headlines

Xiaomi’s Black Shark 2 is, all things considered, a very good smartphone. It’s brilliant in terms of aesthetics and in performance and it’s going to be second to none -- especially at its price. But to take full advantage of that and see a noticeable difference with various features, there’s way too much work involved.

Read full review

Xiaomi’s Black Shark 2 is, all things considered, a very good smartphone. It’s brilliant in terms of aesthetics and in performance and it’s going to be second to none -- especially at its price. But to take full advantage of that and see a noticeable difference with various features, there’s way too much work involved.

Read full review

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Android Headlines

Offers the best gaming experience available without the extra cost

from Android Headlines

Compared to the competition, which effectively only bring marginal improvements to their displays in terms of refresh rates that most users won’t notice, the Black Shark 2 represents a middle-ground that doesn’t actually sacrifice where it really matters. Other gamer-specific smartphones are...More

Compared to the competition, which effectively only bring marginal improvements to their displays in terms of refresh rates that most users won’t notice, the Black Shark 2 represents a middle-ground that doesn’t actually sacrifice where it really matters. Other gamer-specific smartphones are great but this is very likely the real gaming phone to beat and the one to buy.

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The Indian Express

A good gaming companion and a stellar smartphone overall

from The Indian Express

If you are a person that loves to game on the go, this is the smartphone for you. But not everything on this phone was up to expectations. The display, lack of headphone jack might not find favour with a wider gaming audience.

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If you are a person that loves to game on the go, this is the smartphone for you. But not everything on this phone was up to expectations. The display, lack of headphone jack might not find favour with a wider gaming audience.

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Gizbot

An affordable gaming smartphone that gives you the best of both worlds

from Gizbot

If you are gamer but do not wish to shell out huge sums on gaming smartphones, there's every reason to go for the Black Shark 2, as it brings everything that one would expect from a gaming-centric phone.  In our opinion, the Black Shark 2 is probably the best deal for people looking for somethin...More

If you are gamer but do not wish to shell out huge sums on gaming smartphones, there's every reason to go for the Black Shark 2, as it brings everything that one would expect from a gaming-centric phone.  In our opinion, the Black Shark 2 is probably the best deal for people looking for something similar to what a flagship can offer, but at a much lower price.

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Android Authority

The best buy for gamers who need more than the average flagship can deliver

from Android Authority

The Black Shark 2 is an affordable gaming phone that's big on personality and performance. Its modern design and significant footprint make it an awkward daily driver, and perhaps it is best left to those who have vermin to kill.

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The Black Shark 2 is an affordable gaming phone that's big on personality and performance. Its modern design and significant footprint make it an awkward daily driver, and perhaps it is best left to those who have vermin to kill.

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Tom's Guide

The gaming phone you really want

from Tom's Guide

The Black Shark 2 offers unbeatable performance and battery life at a stellar price. However, depending on where you live, you may not have the opportunity to buy this phone — in which case, we'd recommend the OnePlus 6T instead.

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The Black Shark 2 offers unbeatable performance and battery life at a stellar price. However, depending on where you live, you may not have the opportunity to buy this phone — in which case, we'd recommend the OnePlus 6T instead.

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Tech Advisor

A reasonably-priced mobile gaming powerhouse

from Tech Advisor

We’re impressed by what the Black Shark 2 can offer gamers, with impressive specs, innovative gaming-focused tech and a very affordable price tag.

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We’re impressed by what the Black Shark 2 can offer gamers, with impressive specs, innovative gaming-focused tech and a very affordable price tag.

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