8/10
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The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 23 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
6.39"
Camera
41+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


DxOMark

Good results are possible in favorable conditions outdoors, where exposure, color, and zoom are good. Inconsistent performance for autofocus and bokeh mode, as well as low detail in zoom shots in low light, place the Black Shark 2 in the bottom half of our rankings for image quality, however.

- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
Venture Beat

The Black Shark 2 is a good phone. When you look at the price, it’s actually excellent. It has a good camera. That finger print scanner (when it’s working) is buried under the screen, which is cool. And the screen is really sharp for all kinds of content. You can even buy controllers that snap onto...

- Jeff Grubb, Venture Beat
AnandTech

The Black Shark 2 isn’t all that cheap, coming at a minimum of 549€ for the base storage model. For a phone which completely fails at the very thing it’s designed for, I can’t see how one would able to justify its purchase. The cameras are massively underwhelming, and the display is also lacklustre...

- Andrei Frumusanu, AnandTech
T3

Xiaomi's second stab at a gaming phone has really has managed to hit the sweet spot between outstanding performance, a lovely-looking display, and a fantastically low price, and if you can get over a couple of potential bugbears in the form of the AMOLED panel and lower refresh rate, it's an absolut...

- Shabana Arif, T3
NDTV

The phone can handle any game out there with ease, and offers a lot of features that enhance the experience. It has a solid build quality, and the RGB lights and aggressive styling further help it stand out from the crowd. However, the phone's cameras can be described as average at best, and the bat...

- Nadeem Sarwar, NDTV


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Common Questions


Xiaomi released the Black Shark 2 on March 18, 2019.


Xiaomi backs up the Black Shark 2 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Black Shark 2 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Xiaomi support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Xiaomi's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.39"

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2's screen size is 6.39 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
41+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 41+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 20+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
4000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Xiaomi's performance ratings are 780 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Black Shark 2 Specs

Overview
Release date March 18, 2019
Regions available UK
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/2100/800 /850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, HSDPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8/12 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 660 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 780 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Silver, Glory Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.36 x 7.5 x 0.88 cm (6.4 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 205 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel density 403 pixels
Size 6.39 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 100% DCI-P3, in-screen fingerprint scanner
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.8
Resolution
41+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
2x optical
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, telephoto), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
20+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
f/2.0, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, DivX, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


DxOMark

There are some nice photography features

from DxOMark

Good results are possible in favorable conditions outdoors, where exposure, color, and zoom are good. Inconsistent performance for autofocus and bokeh mode, as well as low detail in zoom shots in low light, place the Black Shark 2 in the bottom half of our rankings for image quality, however.

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Good results are possible in favorable conditions outdoors, where exposure, color, and zoom are good. Inconsistent performance for autofocus and bokeh mode, as well as low detail in zoom shots in low light, place the Black Shark 2 in the bottom half of our rankings for image quality, however.

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Venture Beat

An affordable flagship gaming phone

from Venture Beat

The Black Shark 2 is a good phone. When you look at the price, it’s actually excellent. It has a good camera. That finger print scanner (when it’s working) is buried under the screen, which is cool. And the screen is really sharp for all kinds of content. You can even buy controllers that sna...More

The Black Shark 2 is a good phone. When you look at the price, it’s actually excellent. It has a good camera. That finger print scanner (when it’s working) is buried under the screen, which is cool. And the screen is really sharp for all kinds of content. You can even buy controllers that snap onto the edge of the Black Shark 2 like a Switch. Those work with mobile games, but you can also use that with streaming services like GeForce Now or Steam Link.

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AnandTech

Completely fails at the very thing it’s designed for

from AnandTech

The Black Shark 2 isn’t all that cheap, coming at a minimum of 549€ for the base storage model. For a phone which completely fails at the very thing it’s designed for, I can’t see how one would able to justify its purchase. The cameras are massively underwhelming, and the display is also...More

The Black Shark 2 isn’t all that cheap, coming at a minimum of 549€ for the base storage model. For a phone which completely fails at the very thing it’s designed for, I can’t see how one would able to justify its purchase. The cameras are massively underwhelming, and the display is also lacklustre compared to other phones. The only redeeming features of the Black Shark 2 remains its 240Hz touchscreen, the MasterTouch feature, and above-average battery life.

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T3

A must for mobile gamers

from T3
Xiaomi's second stab at a gaming phone has really has managed to hit the sweet spot between outstanding performance, a lovely-looking display, and a fantastically low price, and if you can get over a couple of potential bugbears in the form of the AMOLED panel and lower refresh rate, it's an absolut...More
Xiaomi's second stab at a gaming phone has really has managed to hit the sweet spot between outstanding performance, a lovely-looking display, and a fantastically low price, and if you can get over a couple of potential bugbears in the form of the AMOLED panel and lower refresh rate, it's an absolute bargain for gamers, and verges on a must-buy for everyone else, if they can get past the somewhat aggressive design.  Read full review

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NDTV

Excellent gaming performance

from NDTV

The phone can handle any game out there with ease, and offers a lot of features that enhance the experience. It has a solid build quality, and the RGB lights and aggressive styling further help it stand out from the crowd. However, the phone's cameras can be described as average at best, and the battery life is not great either.

Read full review

The phone can handle any game out there with ease, and offers a lot of features that enhance the experience. It has a solid build quality, and the RGB lights and aggressive styling further help it stand out from the crowd. However, the phone's cameras can be described as average at best, and the battery life is not great either.

Read full review

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India Today

Polished gaming experience

from India Today

The Black Shark 2 is an amazing gaming smartphone. As a regular phone, there are some weak areas -- the in-display fingerprint sensor is not on par with what you get in conventional premium phones such as the OnePlus 7 or Redmi K20 Pro. The battery life is good whereas the stock Android interface...More

The Black Shark 2 is an amazing gaming smartphone. As a regular phone, there are some weak areas -- the in-display fingerprint sensor is not on par with what you get in conventional premium phones such as the OnePlus 7 or Redmi K20 Pro. The battery life is good whereas the stock Android interface makes for smooth user experience. Even the cameras are good for a phone costing Rs 40,000 but a OnePlus 7 or a Pixel 3a would beat it any given day.

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TechPP

The new mobile gamer in town could be the best

from TechPP

The Black Shark 2 is a heck of a good phone,
And worth a lot of fuss
But it is mainly meant for gaming,
Not to compete with any OnePlus.

So if you are in the market
For a phone designed for gaming
With heavenly specs and an earthy price
The Black Shark 2’s one of the best worth naming.

Read full review

The Black Shark 2 is a heck of a good phone,
And worth a lot of fuss
But it is mainly meant for gaming,
Not to compete with any OnePlus.

So if you are in the market
For a phone designed for gaming
With heavenly specs and an earthy price
The Black Shark 2’s one of the best worth naming.

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GSMArena

An attractively priced flagship with a few cool gaming-boosting features

There's an alternative point of view - the Black Shark 2 is an attractively priced flagship that just happens to have a very flashy design and a few cool gaming-boosting features. The single camera at the back of its nubia rival means its not as well rounded and gives the Xiaomi phone a potential...More

There's an alternative point of view - the Black Shark 2 is an attractively priced flagship that just happens to have a very flashy design and a few cool gaming-boosting features. The single camera at the back of its nubia rival means its not as well rounded and gives the Xiaomi phone a potential spot in the sun. And lets not forget that the Black Shark 2 runs stock Android - there aren't many of those with the Snapdragon 855 at this price point.

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Gadgets Now

A powerful gaming device

from Gadgets Now

Go for this beastly-specced smartphone with a long battery life that is built for speed and captures lovely photos in daylight if you are truly passionate about mobile gaming, don't care much about low-light camera shots and wouldn't think much about shelling out about Rs 50k for it.

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Go for this beastly-specced smartphone with a long battery life that is built for speed and captures lovely photos in daylight if you are truly passionate about mobile gaming, don't care much about low-light camera shots and wouldn't think much about shelling out about Rs 50k for it.

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Business Standard

A gaming device for photography enthusiasts

from Business Standard

The phone has a good form factor, gaming-inspired design, sleek performance, ample game-related customisations, capable battery and a capable camera set-up. Except multimedia, there is little that the phone is not able to deliver on. Consider this one if you need an all-round smartphone that also doubles up as a gaming device.

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The phone has a good form factor, gaming-inspired design, sleek performance, ample game-related customisations, capable battery and a capable camera set-up. Except multimedia, there is little that the phone is not able to deliver on. Consider this one if you need an all-round smartphone that also doubles up as a gaming device.

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