Black Shark 2 Pro: The year’s best budget gaming smartphone?

Black Shark 2 Pro: Pricing, specs, availability, and more
The new Black Shark 2 Pro // Photo credit: Unbox PH
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Beastly specs with tamed pricing.

The Black Shark 2 Pro has made its global debut yesterday, September 3rd, in Malaysia. There, the company (which, apparently, is not owned by Xiaomi), has spilled plenty of promising stuff about the new smartphone.

For one, users can expect great specs. With a powerful processor and a beefed-up RAM and GPU, the Black Shark 2 Pro is set to rival ASUS’ forthcoming ROG Phone II. There are funky colored variants to choose from, all of which come without the dreaded notch, punch hole, or mechanical selfie-cam popup.

One thing of note, however, is the refresh rate. With OnePlus 7 Pro showing it’s very much possible to implement a higher refresh rate (90Hz), it’s very suspect to learn that the Black Shark Pro 2 isn’t gunning for high refresh rates like, say, the ROG Phone II does.

Black Shark 2 Pro: Pricing, specs, availability, and more

Here’s a list of Black Shark 2 Pro specs to get you up to speed:

  • AI-Powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ octa-core processor
  • Qualcomm Adreno 640 graphics unit
  • 8GB/12GB RAM
  • 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)
  • Dual SIM
  • 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

The above specs showcase a lot of promise, and surely even the most demanding mobile games will run smoothly as butter on this thing. The best part? It’s coming to Southeast Asia, including the Philippines.

Black Shark 2 Pro: Pricing, specs, availability, and more

For Malaysia, Black Shark has partnered with Shoppee. There are official plans for the company to enter the Philippine market, but people keen on buying will have to keep waiting for now.

Available in Shadow Black, Iceberg Grey, and (later in September 2019) Gulf Blue, the Black Shark 2 Pro goes on sale for the following prices:

8GB RAM + 128GB Storage – RM 2,499 / PHP31K~
16GB RAM + 256GB Storage
– RM 2,999 / PHP37K~

Are you looking forward to get the Black Shark 2 Pro? Chime in the comments below!