One day after the launch of the Redmi 7, we now have the official release of the Black Shark 2! Unlike the Redmi 7 however, the Black Shark 2 is an absolute monster in terms of specs. This is the highest end of high end Mi smartphones at the moment, and the spec sheet reflects that.
The Black Shark 2 features a slightly different design direction from previous Black Shark devices. While its stylings are all fairly similar, things like the new design is sleeker and more refined. It’s not extremely gamer-ish this time either, it looks like a device anyone could use. Despite this, there are now LEDs on the sides and under the logo.
The Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor and comes in four variants – 6GB RAM + 128GB, 8GB RAM + 128GB, 8GB RAM + 256GB, and 12GB RAM + 256GB. That’s possibly the most incredibly overkill set of specs I’ve seen in years. Heck, just a couple of years ago we were debating 4GB of RAM!
The Black Shark doesn’t slack in the camera department either. The front camera is a 20MP 0.9μm f/2.0 sensor covered with a 5P lens. The rear setup is a 48MP f/1.75 0.8μm primary camera paired with a 12MP f/2.2 telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. The camera can record in 4K at 30fps, record slow-motion videos in 720p at 240fps and in 1080p at 120fps.
Keeping things running is a 4000mAh battery with support for 27W fast charging. It has stereo speakers, triple-microphones for stereo recording, and uses AI to reduce background noise. Keeping with the times, the Black Shark 2 has an in-display fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 5.0, and a USB type-C port. But of course, no headphone jack.
In terms of gaming, the phone comes with a feature called Magic Press which lets you customize the touch controls on the screen. Magic Press also lets you customize the pressure sensitivity of the two sides of the screen. Black Shark say they have also reduced the touch response time to 43.5ms for a smoother gaming experience.
On top of all this, we’ve also Black Shark’s new Liquid Cooling 3.0. Liquid Cooling 3.0 uses a combination of a liquid-cooling pipes and plates to efficiently cover the heat-generating components of the phone. Liquid Cooling 3.0 is allegedly 20 times more efficient in heat dissipation, though Black Shark also has an attachable cooling fan. Huh.
If you need it, you can get a rundown of the specs below.
Black Shark 2 Specifications
- 6.39-inch, AMOLED, 2340 x 1080, 19.5:9 Trueview display
- Full DC dimming, MEMC intelligent motion, Super HDR,
- Snapdragon 855 with Adreno 506 GPU
- 6GB/8GB/12GB RAM, 128GB/256GB/ internal storage
- 48MP, f/1.75, 0.8μm primary + 12MP, f/2.2, telephoto lens, 2x optical zoom secondary
- 20MP, 0.9μm, f/2.0l, 5P lens front-facing camera
- Android 9 Pie
- Stereo speakers
- In-screen fingerprint scanner
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS/AGPS+GLONASS, NFC, CAT6 Modem
- Dual SIM slots (hybrid tray)
- 4,000mAh battery
- Colors: Shadow Black, Frozen Silver, and Mirage Blue
So, the real question, how much is it? Well, prices begin at CNY3199 (~$477) for the 6G + 128GB version, jumps to CNY3499 (~$521) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB version, CNY3799 (~$566) for the 8GB RAM + 256GB variant, and CNY4199 (~$625) for the 12GB RAM + 256GB version.
It is already available for pre-order here on the official website and on JD.com ahead of its March 22 first sale date. The Black Shark 2 will get an international launch and India is one of the markets it is destined to arrive in, though we haven’t gotten a date yet.