The Black Shark 2 is a ludicrous gaming smartphone

The Black Shark 2 is a ludicrous gaming smartphone

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The smartphone gaming fad is becoming massively popular and receiving a lot of attention from smartphone manufacturers. Early birds in the segment include Asus’ ROG which is a big name in the PC gaming community, ZTE’s Nubia, and Xiaomi-backed Black Shark. Xiaomi recently launched the much-improved Black Shark 2, powered by Snapdragon 855, effectively making it the gaming phone with the highest processing power. Its affordable flagship pricing is the cherry on the cake.

The Black Shark 2 has many quirks that resonate with games, including multiple RGB lights, detachable Nintendo Switch-like controllers, and a dedicated switch to launch “Shark Space” – a deep clean optimization mode so that all the resources are freed up and fed to games. But what is perhaps the most exciting part is the “Ludicrous” mode on the Black Shark 2 which results in robust gaming performance by the allocation of the smartphone’s total processing power to games.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 XDA Forums

Besides the stunning performance, the pricing of Black Shark 2 is a head-turner too. Furthermore, after launching in China, the gaming beast will also be available in India, and the price could ensue trouble for OnePlus, which has been reigning over the premium segment in the country.

The Black Shark 2 is one hell of an attention grabber and it’s attachments make it even more exciting. Our friends at Pocketnow played around with the smartphone after the launch event and even won some chicken dinners while testing gaming acumen. So, if you’re curious about the high-horsepower gaming smartphone, take a look at this video.


CategoryXiaomi Black Shark 2 Specs
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Display6.39-inch AMOLED at 1080 x 2340 pixels, input latency of 43.5ms, pressure sensitive
Front Camera20MP f/2.0
Rear Cameras48MP f/1.75 + 12MP f/2.2
CoolingDirect touch multilayer liquid cooling system
SecurityIn-display fingerprint scanner
PricingCNY 3,200 for the 6/128GB (~$475) and CNY 4,200 for the 12/256GB (~$625)
AvailabilityAvailable in China, coming to India soon