Xiaomi has introduced a refined version of its Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone. The new Black Shark 2 Pro is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC and features a UFS 3.0 storage device. Besides the SoC uplift, Xiaomi has managed to reduce its input latency versus predecessor, providing a snappier gaming experience.

While the Black Shark 2 Pro is not a brand new handset, it does come in a new chassis designed to enable a very comfortable grip during gaming sessions and it is also compatible with Xiaomi’s Gamepad 2.0 Bluetooth add-on that adds 12 buttons, a physical joystick, and a touchpad. Just like the original version, the Black Shark 2 Pro comes with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display featuring a 2340x1080 resolution, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 430 nits brightness, a 60,000:1 contrast ratio, and a 240 Hz touchscreen polling rate. In a bid to provide an even better gaming experience, the Black Shark 2 Pro features 34.7 ms input latency, down from 43.5 ms in case of the original one.

Another key feature of the Black Shark 2 Pro is Qualcomm’s top-of-the-range Snapdragon 855 Plus application processor that provides higher performance than the predecessor and which is cooled down using a new cooling system that uses a vapor chamber-like technology. The SoC is paired with 12 GB of LPDDR4X memory, as well as a 128 GB or 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage device. While the new smartphone uses new internals, it still comes with a 4000 mAh battery.

Imaging capabilities of the Black Shark 2Pro handset include main camera comprising of a 48 MP RGB sensor as well as a 12 MP telephoto sensor, which are accompanied by a dual-LED flash, as well as an HDR-enabled 20-MP sensor for selfies on the front.

The Black Shark 2 Pro Smartphone
  Preliminary Specifications
Display AMOLED
6.39"
2340x1080
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
Adreno 640
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.0 NAND flash
Local Connectivity Wi-Fi  802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Data/Charging USB 2.0 Type-C
Audio No 3.5-mm jack
NFC Yes
LTE X24 Modem
Navigation  dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
Rear Camera 48 MP, f/1.75,
1/2-inch
0.8µm pixels, 
Laser/PDAF
  12 MP, f/2.2,
54mm (telephoto),
1.0µm pixels,
Laser/PDAF
Front Camera 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Expected Life ?
SIM Size Nano SIM + Nano Sim
Sensors accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Biometric Security Fingerprint in-screen
Facial Recognition -
Dimensions Height 163.6 mm | 6.44 inches
Width 75 mm | 2.95 inches
Thickness 8.8 mm | 0.35 inches
Weight 205 grams | 7.23 ounces
Colors black, blue, silver, orange, purple
Protection Drop ?
OS Google Android 9.0
Launch Countries China initially, NA/EU launch later
Price $385+

Xiami will start shipments of the Black Shark 2 Pro smartphones in black, blue, silver, orange and purple colors. The 128 GB variant will cost CNY 2,999 ($385), whereas the 256 GB version will be priced at CNY 3,499 ($450).

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Sources: Liliputing, GSM Arena

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  • Rookierookie - Friday, August 2, 2019 - link

    Why not rail against people using ThinkPads? Reply
  • leo_sk - Monday, August 5, 2019 - link

    yeah their miui has some interesting features, but its too much riddled with ads and i couldn't really trust what all they could be sending to their servers. But they are still quite value for money even if the hard work of installing another rom is factored Reply
  • Dragonstongue - Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - link

    higher spec, same battery... for a while Xiaomi ad really solid "large" battery, now they seem to up the speed/spec last 2 odd years but not battery (besides some of the Mi phones such Mi Max type deal) ESPECIALLY when listed as "gaming"

    Gaming needs MORE life, not the same with even higher speed

    you bunch of fool phone makers (that goes to Samsung, LG, Apple (kind of) Motorola etc) especially when they put the label "flagship"

    I know "designer" flagships like motorcycles or Ferrari is one thing, but these phones are designed for "heavy use" over the long term, saddling with a too small battery will cook the crud out of it..

    if they do "gaming" they should supply a second battery at least IMO (would be better than nothing) phones we need replace at some point, battery often die quicke (specially when WAY more juice required) so make battery removable or not call "gaming" nor "flagship"

    them putzes ^.^
    Reply
  • ZolaIII - Thursday, August 1, 2019 - link

    Battery's are heavy, 4 Ah one for instance is about 80g. When you take in consideration how this needs cooling & cetera it all adds to the weight. The best practice would be dropping back to 16:9 displays up to 6" and adding physical buttons in the area that is currently occupied with out of ordinary display proportions saving around 20% power that is waisted on display. Reply
  • leo_sk - Monday, August 5, 2019 - link

    A removable battery with 3-5 min backup integrated into the phone could make quite a lot of sense Reply
  • Peter2k - Thursday, August 1, 2019 - link

    This seems to be directed to compete with the ROG phone 2

    At a glance specs are mostly the same, including a 1080p panel low input lag, in screen fingerprint, same MP camera, and such
    And flashiness

    Only difference I see is this phone uses a smaller battery (ROG phone 2 is 6000mAh), and sorta 3 times the price

    I would put the ROG 2 next to the Xiaomi in for comparison
    Reply
  • nimi - Thursday, August 1, 2019 - link

    The ROG2 has a 3.5mm jack AND an additional USB-C port, for a total of 2 - on a freaking phone!

    On the gimmicky spectrum, the ROG2 has two "AirTriggers".

    And, more importantly now than ever, ASUS is not a Chinese company, that in my book is a huge difference.
    Reply
  • leo_sk - Monday, August 5, 2019 - link

    People's Republic of China begs to differ Reply
  • abufrejoval - Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - link

    Actually, I guess most Taiwanese will consider themselves Chinese. The very point of Taiwan as I remember is that they don't want to be part of the "people's republic".

    And I would also prefer products from a company under less direct coersion than those in the US, UK, Iran or the PRC.
    Reply
  • LiverpoolFC5903 - Thursday, August 1, 2019 - link

    Bluetooth connected controller accessory is a waste imo...They could have implemented a physical connection with next to no latency, much better for games requiring fast responses...

    No 3.5 mm is also a bummer.
    Reply

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