The Xiaomi-backed Black Shark 2 is one of the latest gaming smartphones on the market, offering flagship power and several gaming-related features. European consumers can also see what all the fuss is about, as the device is now available to buy in the region.
Xiaomi’s new gaming phone delivers a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery with 27-watt charging, and a notchless 6.39-inch full HD+ AMOLED screen.
Rounding out the spec sheet is a 48MP+13MP telephoto rear camera pairing, a 20MP selfie camera, an in-display fingerprint sensor, and customizable RGB strips (because, gaming phone).
The Black Shark 2 does offer a few gaming-related features though, such as a hardware key to activate a gaming interface, reduced screen latency, and a “multi-layer liquid cooling” system. We’ve also got a pull-down menu in games (for toggling notifications, a frame-rate counter, and other settings) as well as a “ludicrous mode” for better performance at the expense of battery life.
The Black Shark 2 is available to buy from the official website and costs 549 euros (~$617) for the 8GB/128GB model. Need a bit more oomph? Then you can grab the 12GB/256GB variant for 649 euros (~$729). It’s clearly not as cheap as the triple camera-toting Xiaomi Mi 9 (retailing for 399 euros in Spain), but you’re getting more RAM and storage, various gaming features, as well as a bigger battery for the price.
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