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Xiaomi Black Shark 2

alaTest has collected and analyzed 22 reviews of Xiaomi Black Shark 2. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Comments about the battery and screen are on the whole positive. The design and performance also get good reviews. Views are divided on the usability, while some have doubts about the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Ryan Jones (trustedreviews.com)

Black Shark 2 Review: The new king of mobile gaming?

 

The Black Shark 2 is a promising gaming smartphone, featuring exciting technology such as pressure-sensitive controls and a class-leading cooling system

Master Touch and optional controllers make mobile games more user-friendly ; Incredibly affordable considering specs and features ; Most powerful Android smartphone we've tested ; Long-lasting, fast-charging battery

Screen limited to 60Hz and Full HD ; Lack of headphone jack

The Black Shark 2 is the ultimate gaming smartphone. Loaded with fancy features and offering super-powered performance, even non-gamers will get great value for money at this low price.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Shabana Arif (t3.com)

Black Shark 2 review: a must for mobile gamers

 

Xiaomi has built on its Black Shark with a slew of upgraded features to create a smartphone optimised for mobile gaming

Large AMOLED screen ; Quick charging battery with impressive longevity ; Bargain price

No 3.5mm headphone jack ; A not-so-subtle design

Aug, 2019

Expert review by : Cameron Faulkner (theverge.com)

The Black Shark 2’s pressure-sensitive screen makes mobile gaming better

 

It makes PUBG, and other games with complex controls, easier

Fast performance for a reasonable price ; MagicTouch makes gaming more enjoyable

It’s months behind on security updates ; The design won’t appeal to most

Jun, 2019

Expert review by : Andrei Frumusanu (anandtech.com)

The Black Shark 2 Review: A Gaming Phone's Existential Crisis

 

Over the last 1-2 years we've seen a new type of smartphone category start carving itself a niche in the market: the gaming smartphone. Last year, the original Black Shark was amongst the first devices to try to cater to a gaming audience, offering...

In low-light, the phone is actually even worse than the Mi9 due to the fact that it lacks the dedicated night mode. It’s in essence the worst camera I’ve tested in recent years.

Sep, 2019

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Black Shark 2 review

 

It's Black Shark's second strike - and this time around its gaming phone is a real killer

Excellent value ; Loud speakers ; Decent battery life

No NFC or 3.5mm jack ; Occasional touchscreen issues ; No waterproofing

Angry looks, a killer screen, aggressive pricing and plenty of bite make the Black Shark 2 an excellent gaming phone despite a few chinks in its armour

May, 2019

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (pocket-lint.com)

Black Shark 2 initial review: Not just a gaming great, a fantastic flagship too

 

The second-generation Black Shark is a gaming phone at its best: great looks, ultimate power and versatility from accessories see it lead the way.

Incredible value for money ; GamePad controller setup (sold separately) makes for superb gaming potential ; Low latency OLED offers pressure sensitivity and looks great ; A design that's appealing to gamers and non-gamers alike ; Heaps of power on tap...

No 2K screen resolution ; No 90Hz/120Hz panel ; Controllers not included in the box ; Cameras not to top-tier rivals ; No 3.5mm jack

This gaming phone impresses on many levels: not only is it a super-powerful device for gaming, with great optional controller integration (sold separately) and a hyper responsive screen, its design is well considered as a flagship alternative for...

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Basil Kronfli (techradar.com)

Black Shark 2 review

 

The Black Shark 2 is a powerful gaming phone and if you can deal with the design it's a great all-rounder too.

Affordable Snapdragon 855 phone Plenty of storage options Punchy AMOLED screen

No NFC No IP rating Touch input issues

Combining a great camera, excellent internals and improved gaming credentials over the original, the Black Shark 2 is a triple threat that betters most of its gaming phone rivals. It’s lumbered with a handful of instabilities and quirks, but even with...

Jan, 2020

Expert review by : Tom Bedford (techradar.com)

Hands on: Black Shark 2 hands on review

 

Is the specialist phone necessary for mobile gamers?

Gaming mode ; Great camera ; Not too big

No headphone jack ; Specs only useful to pro gamers ; Design isn't the slickest

The Black Shark 2 isn't as unwieldy as some competitors, and has some interesting extra features like an impressive camera, but the lack of a headphone jack is a particularly blow for a gaming phone, and there's not a lot else besides its gaming prowess.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Lewis Painter (techadvisor.co.uk)

Black Shark 2

 

The Black Shark 2 is a reasonably-priced mobile gaming powerhouse that stands out from the crowd. Find out how in our full review.

Aug, 2019

Expert review by : Adam Ismail (tomsguide.com)

Black Shark 2 Review: The Gaming Phone You Really Want

 

If you live somewhere you can buy one, the Black Shark 2 is a solid choice for a powerful smartphone on the cheap, whether you're a gamer or not. Regardless of your thoughts on the design, the build quality inspires confidence, and the Black Shark 2's...

Incredible battery life ; Stunning performance ; Lots of gaming options ; Sleek design ; Low price

Not available in U.S. ; Dim display ; Odd software quirks

The Black Shark 2 offers unbeatable performance and battery life at a stellar price. However, depending on where you live, you may not have the opportunity to buy this phone — in which case, we'd recommend the OnePlus 6T instead.

Apr, 2019
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