Gaming phones make up a niche category, but with mobile gaming projected to grow into a multi-billion dollar business in the near future, some companies are hoping to take an early lead. Xiaomi-backed Black Shark is one of them and it is now looking to expand its influence with its third offering — the Black Shark 2. It has all the makings of a great gaming phone, such as a flagship processor, aggressive design with RGB lighting effects, gaming-centric features, superior cooling, and more. But is the Black Shark 2 the best option for mobile gaming enthusiasts? How well does it stack up against other gamin-focussed options in the market? Most importantly, is it worth shelling out Rs. 39,999 for? Read on to find the answers in our Black Shark 2 review.
Black Shark 2 smartphone was launched in March 2019. The phone comes with a 6.39-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080x2340 pixels at a pixel density of 403 pixels per inch (ppi) and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Black Shark 2 is powered by a 2.84GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. It comes with 6GB of RAM. The Black Shark 2 runs Android 9.0 Pie and is powered by a 4000mAh battery. The Black Shark 2 supports Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Black Shark 2 on the rear packs a 48-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.75 aperture and a pixel size of 0.8-micron and a second 12-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture and a pixel size of 1.0-micron. The rear camera setup has autofocus. It sports a 20-megapixel camera on the front for selfies, with an f/2.0 aperture and a pixel size of 0.9-micron.
Black Shark 2 based on Android 9.0 Pie and packs 128GB of inbuilt storage. The Black Shark 2 is a dual-SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM cards. The Black Shark 2 measures 163.61 x 75.01 x 8.77mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 205.00 grams. It was launched in Shadow Black colour.
Connectivity options on the Black Shark 2 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, Bluetooth v5.00, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor. The Black Shark 2 supports face unlock.
As of 25th November 2020, Black Shark 2 price in India starts at Rs. 24,999.
|Release date||March 2019|
|Dimensions (mm)||163.61 x 75.01 x 8.77|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4000|
|Fast charging||Quick Charge 4.0|
|Screen size (inches)||6.39|
|Protection type||Gorilla Glass|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||403|
|Processor make||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Rear camera||48-megapixel (f/1.75, 0.8-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.2, 1.0-micron)|
|Front camera||20-megapixel (f/2.0, 0.9-micron)|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie|
|Wi-Fi standards supported||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v 5.00|
|Number of SIMs||2|
|Supports 4G in India (Band 40)||Yes|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|