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Xiaomi Black Shark 2

Xiaomi Black Shark 2
Brand: Xiaomi
Category: Phones
  • Display 6.39 inch 1080 x 2340 pixels Full-HD+ display
  • Camera 48 MP + 12 MP Main/ 20 MP front
  • Storage 64/128/256 GB
  • RAM 6/8/12 GB
  • CPU Octa-core 2.84 GHz, Snapdragon 855
  • OS Android 9.0 (Pie)

Our Rating

The review rating is based on accessment of the device by experts, and opinions of trusted YouTube reviewers.

  • Design, Built Quality 7 / 10
  • Display Quality 10 / 10
  • Camera Quality 10 / 10
  • Audio & Multimedia 7 / 10
  • OS and Usability 9 / 10
  • Battery Performance 9 / 10

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Highlights and Overview

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is a high-end dedicated gaming smartphone. The device is a lot like the Popular Xiaomi Mi 9, but comes with gaming optimizations which are absent on the Mi 9.

The device comes with a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with HDR support. Interestingly, the display provides support up to 240Hz touch response rate with touch algorithm optimization especially for gaming.

In the hood, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC with Adreno 640 and up to 12GB RAM as well as up to 256GB internal storage. The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 come with a built in liquid cooling system 3.0. It uses liquid-cooled plate + liquid-cooled tube that can effectively cover all the heat-generating components of the CPU to reduce the CPU’s core temperature by up to 14° C, compared to 12° C in the predecessor.


The camera department consists of dual rear sensors, and a single front-mounted sensor, which includes;

  1. A large 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Auto focus (PDAF) and Contrast Detection Autofocus (CAF), closed-loop Voice Coil Motor (VCM) for improved auto-focusing,
  2. A 12-megapixel Samsung S5K3M5 telephoto camera for 2x lossless zoom
  3. A 20MP front-facing AI-powered sensor

The Black Shark 2 features optical in-display fingerprint sensor that is equivalent to a 5μm macro camera, which is several times higher than the traditional capacitive fingerprint sensor.

In spit being a dedicated gaming phone, the device still offers dual SIM slot with non-expandable storage option. It packs a 4000mAh battery and has support for 27W fast charging. Other specifications and silent features of the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 are detailed in the specification table below.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Full Specifications and Features


Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G Network Bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
3G Network Bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G Network Bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat9 450/50 Mbps


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Dimensions 163.6 x 75 x 8.8 mm (6.44 x 2.95 x 0.35 in)
Weight 205 g (7.23 oz)
Build Aluminum Alloy
SIM Type Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)


Display Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~85.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)


Operating System Android 9.0 (Pie)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU Qualcomm Adreno 640


RAM + ROM 6/8/12 GB
Card Slot Yes, up to 256 GB via microSD card (uses SIM 2 slot)


Camera Type Double Lenses
Camera Sensor(s) 48MP + 12 MP main camera
Camera Features Autofocus
Continuous shooting
Digital zoom
Optical zoom
Digital image stabilization
Touch focus
Face detection
White balance settings
ISO settings
Exposure compensation
Scene mode
Macro mode
Sensor size - 1/2"
Pixel size - 1.6 μm (4-in-1 pixel
Phase detection
Laser autofocus
Contrast autofocus
Sapphire crystal glass lens cover
6-element lens
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) - 27
1080p @ 960 fps
720p @ 960 fps
Secondary rear camera - 12 MP
Sensor model - Samsung S5K3M5
Sensor type - ISOCELL (#2)
Sensor size - 1/3.4" (#2)
Pixel size - 1.0 μm (#2)
Aperture size - f/2.2 (#2)
6-element lens (#2)
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) - 51
mm (#2)
Video Resolution 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/120/240fps, 1080p@960fps


Camera Type Single Lens
Camera Sensor(s) 20-megapixel
Camera Features f/2.0 aperture
1/4" Pixel Size,
Video Resolution 1080p@30fps


Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
Speaker Location Chin, below display
Audio Jack Type No. Uses USB Type-C Connector


Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
FM Radio No


Battery Capacity Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Wireless Charging Yes, Fast wireless charging 20W
Talk Time Talk Time is the longest time that a single battery charge will last when you are constantly talking on the phone under perfect conditions, Ambient temperature and highly dependent on the cellular network environment such as the distance to the closest cell network tower. Up to 24 hours
Stand-by Up to 380 hours


Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
Box Contents Charging Brick / USB cable

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 User Reviews and Opinions

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