Everything you need to know about the beastly Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro
The best gaming smartphone right now?
Touted as one of if not the best gaming smartphone in the market, the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro is listed by mobile gamers as their most awaited release. Boasting an AI-powered octa-core processor and an Adreno 640 GPU, the phone is engineered to handle everything a mobile gamer needs.
Now, Xiaomi has finally made the Black Shark 2 Pro available in the Philippines. We’re going to break down everything you need to know about the device in this detailed guide.
The Black Shark 2 Pro is powered by a proprietary Liquid Cool 3.0+ technology, which improves heat management. This lets you play intensive games without making your phone too hot. Paired with a Snapdragon 855+ octa-core processor and an Adreno 640 GPU, this phone should run any game smoothly.
The phone also sports gamer-centric features, such as support for accelerometer, ambient light, and a gyroscope.
It has 240Hz refresh rate, which is great for gaming
In gaming, the screen’s refresh rate is crucial. More than looks, the game will run buttery-smooth, and thusly will keep the entire gaming experience at its optimal.
240Hz is more than plenty for a gaming smartphone. For reference, most high-end gaming laptops typically have half of this rate. It’s safe to say that Black Shark is not messing around.
It’s built to last
The hardware for the Black Shark 2 Pro is incredibly sturdy. Built with gamers in mind, it only makes sense that the phone is able to take a beating. Sure, you’re sacrificing a muted, more modern design, but the Black Shark 2 Pro’s rugged looks offer something greater in return.
Full list of Black Shark 2 Pro specs
The Black Shark 2 Pro has an impressive spec list: Snapdragon 855+ processor, Adreno 640 GPU, and a 12GB/256GB RAM/storage combo. All this wields a smartphone that will satisfy any mobile gamer, casual or otherwise.
6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display (with 34.7ms input latency, motion interpolation, Magic Press, with support for HDR and DCI-P3)
128GB/256GB of expandable UFS 3.0 storage
48MP f/1.75 primary rear camera and 12MP f/2.2 telephoto rear camera (with dual-LED flash, PDAF, Dark Light enhancement, Portrait mode)
20MP f/2.0 front camera (with beauty mode, 4K recording)
4G LTE, LTE-A
WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
In-display Fingerprint scanner
USB Type-C port
Liquid Cool 3.0
Front-facing stereo speakers
4000mAh battery (with 27W Fast Charging)
Android 9.0 Pie
Black Shark 2 Pro pricing details
Like its direct competitor, the ASUS ROG Phone 2, the Black Shark 2 Pro comes with a steep price. However, if you account for the current cost of top flagships today, BS2P is still cheaper by about third.
The Black Shark 2 Pro’s two variants are priced as follows:
8GB/128GB (PHP 27,990)
12GB/256GB (PHP 33,490)
If you need something less powerful but more affordable, the Pro’s younger sibling, the Black Shark 2, is a worthy consideration. The Black Shark 2 comes in three variants: 6GB/128GB (PHP 22,990), 8GB/128GB (PHP 23,990), and 12GB/256GB (PHP 28,990).
The Black Shark 2 has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a gaming phone: LED lighting, top-notch hardware, a gaming mode with granular customization options, and a massive battery that lets you play all day. The screen has pressure-sensitive zones with assignable actions, the 43.5ms touch latency is one of the lowest on any phone today, and you get a clean software with no bloatware.
While GSM Arena echoes many of these thoughts, they point out (in their video review attached above) that the lack of waterproofing and a headphone jack are pretty basic stuff to mess up.
Black Shark 2 Pro: Where to buy in the Philippines
The Black Shark 2 Pro is available today at select Mi Stores:
Mi Store – SM Megamall
Mi Store – SM North EDSA
Mi Store – SM Mall of Asia
We’ll update this article if more stores (both offline and online) carry the Black Shark 2 Pro.
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