Xiaomi backed Black Shark has launched its third gaming phone, aka the Black Shark 2, in China – this could also be the first Black Shark phone to officially launch in India. The Black Shark 2 follows close on the heels of the original Black Shark and Black Shark Helo phones especially when it comes to all-round design but packs next-generation hardware and enhanced cooling – key pre-requisites of any high-end gaming phone.
So, let’s talk about the specs. The Black Shark 2 has a 6.39-inch 1080p+ AMOLED display (sourced from Samsung) with bezels – that's right, the Black Shark 2 does not have any notch or display cut-out. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage – that's LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.1 storage for your reference. The software inside is Joy UI – which is different from Xiaomi’s MIUI and is closer to stock Android. The phone packs a sizeable 4,000mAh battery and supports 27W fast charging via USB Type-C.
The Black Shark 2 further comes with dual rear cameras consisting of one 48MP Samsung GM1 sensor (for effective 12MP photos) and another 12MP telephoto sensor for 2X optical zoom. On the front, the Black Shark 2 comes with a 20MP camera.
Coming to the gaming enhancements – the Black Shark 2, although it does not have a 120Hz refresh rate like the Razer Phone, has an OLED screen with an input latency of 43.5ms which should ideally entail in slicker touch response when compared with Black Shark’s previous gaming phones. This OLED screen is also pressure sensitive so gamers will be able to assign virtual buttons on the it and trigger them by pressing hard(er) - Black Shark is calling it Magic Press. This OLED screen is also home to an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Black Shark says the Black Shark 2 screen is also HDR-enabled and supports motion interpolation sort of like the high frame rate mode on expensive OLED TVs.
The Black Shark 2 has a new cooling system – Liquid Cool 3.0 for seemingly longer gaming sessions. Black Shark says this new cooling system can keep temperatures 14 degrees lower over the previous generation. Black Shark is also launching a cooling case accessory to further lower the temperatures by an additional 5 degrees.
Software enhancements include a new Ludicrous mode capable of optimizing performance – so everything runs faster and cool as a cucumber.
Lastly, the Black Shark 2 also gets dual front-firing speakers.
Black Shark has launched the Black Shark 2 in four configurations - 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB and 12GB/256GB. The 12GB/256GB variant will be available in an exclusive Frozen Silver colour option. Price starts at CNY 3,200 (roughly Rs 33,000) for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage going all the way to CNY 4,200 (roughly Rs 43,000).
While Black Shark hasn’t confirmed that it will launch the Black Shark 2 in India anytime soon, the company has already entered India – it has started setting up offices and operations will commence soon hopefully. So, there is a slight chance, the Black Shark 2 could be its debut product in India – so, fingers crossed there.