Vivo IQOO adds itself as another gaming smartphone option in 2019. While Xiaomi, on the other hand, just recently released the Black Shark 2 (the 3rd successor to its mobile gaming lineup). With both coming in at affordable prices, which is the one to get?
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 and Vivo IQOO Differences
Advantages of Xiaomi Black Shark 2
- no notch
- Always-on display
- DCI-P3 certified
- 48MP main + 12MP telephoto cameras on the back
- 20MP selfie camera
- stereo speakers
- unapologetic gaming-centric design
- support for proprietary gaming accessories (cooling case, gamepad, HDMI cable)
- dedicated UI for gaming (overclocking, RAM/audio/touch/display/network management, hardware status overview)
- claimed to have the lowest display latency of 43.5ms
Advantages of Vivo IQOO
- higher screen-to-body ratio at 85.1%
- weighs less at 180g
- triple main camera featuring an ultrawide sensor on the back
- 32bit support via the headphone jack
- 44W faster battery charging (available on all models except the starting variant 6GB/128GB)
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 and Vivo IQOO Similarities
- uniquely designed for gaming
- RGB strip
- pressure-sensitive triggers
- vapor cooling chambers
- Corning Gorilla Glass
- Snapdragon 855
- up to 12GB/256GB
- single selfie camera
- AMOLED display
- 1080p+ resolution
- Android 9.0 Pie
- BT 5.0
- in-screen fingerprint scanner
- USB Type-C
Which is a better buy between the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 and Vivo IQOO?
When it comes to design, there’s a lot to say about the two especially Xiaomi’s gaming device. The Black Shark 2 highlights unapologetic gaming looks with its edgier design points together with the RGB logo and side strips. While Vivo IQOO has a bit of reservation as it looks your typical smartphone but with an RGB strip on the back together with accented colors on the sides.
Despite the difference in design, both the Black Shark 2 and Vivo IQOO feature pressure-sensitive triggers. The former can be found embedded on the greater left and right portion of the screen while the latter has it on the right side of the device.
Up front, both gaming devices feature FHD+ AMOLED displays but a small notch can be found on the IQOO. But, it makes the device look thinner.
Same hardware, different software
When it comes to performance, the hardware is basically a tie. But the Black Shark 2 dominates in the software department. From the gaming UI, you can overclock the phone and boost the resources for the optimal gaming experience. Heat looks to be no problem with larger vapor cooling chambers situated in the back at the top and bottom portion. The same goes for IQOO but in a relatively smaller size.
Equally Good (Hardware) Cameras
While cameras are not the best features of gaming phones, you are still provided with good hardware combination like the 48MP + 12MP telephoto of Black Shark 2 and a 12MP + 13MP ultrawide + 2MP depth of the IQOO. On the other end, selfies go to the larger 20MP of the former device against the 12MP of the latter phone.
Stereo speakers vs audio jack
Gaming on the Xiaomi device is best when using its stereo speakers while Vivo’s device should provide a better experience through its audio jack, a feature that Xiaomi chose to omit.
Up to 44W wired charging
In terms of battery, both devices are clocking in at 4000mAh. However, all except the starting model of IQOO come with faster 44W charging. Which means that the Black Shark 2 is faster at 27W when compared to the starting 22W fast charging feature.
Xiaomi’s gaming accessories
Where the Black Shark 2 pulls ahead is gaming accessories. It has an optional cooling case, gamepad, and an HDMI connector to provide that complete mobile gaming experience.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 starts at an estimated price of Php25,000 (6GB/128GB) and goes up to Php33,000(12GB/256GB) which happens to be the same estimated price of Vivo IQOO for the 8GB/128GB variant and 12GB/256GB variant, respectively. Its starting price, however, is around Php23,700.
While the price tags don’t veer away that much, the features from the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 do thus making it the better mobile gaming phone.
|Specs||Xiaomi Black Shark 2||Vivo IQOO|
|Display||6.39-inch AMOLED FHD+, ~403ppi, Always-on display, 100% DCI-P3, Corning Gorilla Glass ver?||6.4-inch AMOLED FHD+, ~402ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Dimensions||163.6 x 75 x 8.8 mm, 205g||157.7 x 75.2 x 8.5 mm, 180g|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)|
|GPU||Adreno 640||Adreno 640|
|Memory||256 GB, 8/12 GB RAM, 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM||256 GB, 8/12 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM|
|Main Camera||48 MP, f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF + 12 MP, f/2.2, (telephoto), 1.0µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom||12 MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF + 13 MP (ultrawide) + 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor|
|Front Camera||20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm||12 MP|
|Connectivity||4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0 aptX HD, LE, GPS, USB Type-C||4G LTE Wi-Fi ac, BT 5.0 A2DP LE, GPS, USB Type-C, headphone jack|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery (27W charging)||Non-removable Li-Ion 4000mAh battery, 22W charging (base model) 44W (other models)|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI||Android 9.0 (Pie) with Funtouch 9|
|Official Price||estimated at P25,000 up to Php33,000 in the Philippines||estimated at P23,700 up to Php33,000 in the Philippines|