While Razer decided to end its mobile tenure months after the Razer Phone 2‘s release, Xiaomi sets the bar with the Black Shark 2 already looking like the best gaming phone in 2019. Featuring upgraded specs and better hardware, the price makes it even a sweeter deal overall.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 gets the Snapdragon 855 treatment that can be had up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It comes with a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen from Samsung, which also features an in-screen fingerprint scanner. Further, the screen is pressure-sensitive that allows mapping buttons for the left and right portion.
Diving deeper into the Black Shark 2’s hardware, there’s a larger vapor cooling chamber now for better-sustained performance. Inside houses a 4000mAh battery but with a much faster 27W charging capability. The camera gets upgrade too with 48MP + 12MP on the back and a 20MP up front.
In a typical Xiaomi gaming phone fashion, the Black Shark 2 is available in Shadow Black and a fresh-looking Frozen Silver, which I personally think should be the way to go.
For now, the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is exclusive to China. The 6GB/128GB variant goes for 3,199 yuan (~Php25,000) with the 12GB/256GB setting you back at 4,199 yuan (~Php33,000).
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Xiaomi Black Shark 2 specs, price, release date in the Philippines
- Display: 6.39-inch AMOLED FHD+, Always-on display, 100% DICI-P3
- Design: metal body
- CPU: Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
- GPU: Adreno 640
- RAM: 6GB/12GB/8GB(TBA)
- Memory: 128GB/256GB
- Camera: 48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF
12 MP, f/2.2, (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom
- Selfie: 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
- Connectivity: 4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0, GPS, USB Type-C
- Battery: non-removable 4000mAh with 27W fast charging
- Security: in-screen fingerprint scanner
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie
- Release date: Philippines availability TBD
- Price: estimated at P25,000 up to Php33,000 in the Philippines