The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has been announced, and it comes with some notable improved features compared to its predecessor. Some of such improvements can be seen in its screen and performance. You will also find what the company calls Ludicrous Mode onboard. Read on and see the price of the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 and other improved features it came with.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Features
The new screen the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 comes with is a 6.39 inch AMOLED screen from Samsung. Thanks to optimizations, the input latency has been reduced to 43.5ms – which is actually good for a touch screen. The device is also pressure sensitive, Magic Press lets you map buttons to the left and right side of the screen that can be triggered by pressing harder on the screen. The force required can be adjusted to comfortable levels too.
The screen also has a trademark of quality. The 1080p+ screen is HDR-enabled and covers the DCI-P3 color space with ΔE < 1. To ensure the colors stay accurate, there are four ambient light color sensors that help a dedicated image processor monitor your environment and adjust the screen accordingly.
The screen’s typical brightness is 430 nits. Full DC dimming avoids the flicker issue at low brightness levels. There’s also motion interpolation similar to high frame rate mode on TVs (though it’s not clear if the screen itself can go higher than 60Hz).
From the sound department, the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 features two front-facing stereo speakers. This makes it possible for you to hold the phone horizontally without blocking the speakers. This is carried over to the X-shaped antenna setup that delivers strong reception regardless of how you hold the phone.
The in-display fingerprint reader is always accessible, even if you strap on an accessor on the back (and there are a couple of those).
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 855. A huge Liquid Cool 3.0 vapor chamber cooling system promises 14°C lower chipset temperature. There’s a Cooling Case add-on with a fan that helps dissipate even more heat, lowering the temperature by another 5°C.
Ludicrous mode eases off the temperature throttling and AI makes sure everything is running optically – from the CPU/GPU, the network and even charging speed.
Speaking of, the phone is equipped with a large 4,000mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging.
There’s a dual camera on the back, the main module is a 48MP Quad Bayer sensor with 0.8µm pixels and an f/1.75 aperture. The secondary camera has a 2x telephoto lens and a 12MP sensor (1.0µm pixels). The selfie camera is a 20MP shooter (f/2.0, 0.9µm).
Black Shark also unveiled the GamePad 3.0, which can turn the phone into a console similar to the Nintendo Switch. It features an HDMI output, in addition to hardware controls on either side of the phone.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Price and Availability
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is already available in China and sales are ongoing. The price starts at CNY 3,200 for the 6/128GB model and goes up to CNY 4,200 for the 12/256GB version. A new Frozen Silver color version is available, exclusive to the 8/256GB model.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Full Specification
|Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|4G bands||LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)|
|Speed||HSPA, LTE-A (3CA)|
|Status||Available. Released 2019, March|
|Dimensions||163.6 x 75 x 8.8 mm (6.44 x 2.95 x 0.35 in)|
|Weight||205 g (7.23 oz)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Type||AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~81.7% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)|
|Internal||256 GB, 8/12 GB RAM, 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM|
48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF|
12 MP, f/2.2, (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
|Features||LED flash, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps|
|Single||20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery|
|Charging||Fast battery charging 27W|
|Colors||Black, Silver, Blue|
|Price||About 450 EUR|