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Black Shark 2 review: Taking another bite from gamers’ wallets (Latest version)

Ready for another shark attack? Black Shark returned with a successor to his 2018 player. The Black Shark 2 build on the core of the original and add modest improvements to the road. With a sleek, backlit design outside and droplet-like silicon inside, the Black Shark 2 is ready to cut through your favorite games and perform well.

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Here is Android Authority"S Black Shark 2 review.

About us Black Shark 2 review: We tested the Black Shark 2 over a one-week period. The device ran Android 9 Pie and Black Shark's Joy UI. It did not receive any software updates while we tested it. The review unit is provided Android Authority by black shark.

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Black Shark 2 review: The big picture

Black Shark 2 Review back panel

Games has really become a thing of the past few years. Razer has already pumped out two of them, Asus has one, and the Black Shark now has its second. They're meant to appeal to mobile gamers who need the best performance of their device so they can worry their enemies on the go.

What often sets these devices apart is zipper and overwhelming designs, over clock processors, advanced cooling systems, and the lovely promise of victory. Let's not forget about unconventional extras, like game managers, gamepad sites, and thermal vents. The Black Shark 2 and his ilk are not for the dull of the heart.

These are some great examples in this category. Gaming phones so far do not seem to prioritize the "phone" part of the comparison. As a result, they are not necessarily the best option for casual gamers, let alone everyday users.

What's in the box

  • Black Shark 2
  • charger
  • USB-C cable
  • Cleverly

The Black Shark 2 does not come with a cool game accessory, such as a controller. Those things cost everything extra. Content of the subject is limited to the absolute basic principles. I would even say Black Shark skimps a bit out: Not only are there no headphones, but there is also no headphone adapter. Black Shark USB-C headphones is an optional purchase (and should not be).

I will say one thing about this: It has two small ledges on which you can attach your fingertips. The grippy stuff of the case and these ledges really help you hold the phone when you play.


  • play Light
  • 163.6mm x 75mm x 8.77mm, 208g
  • Solid aluminum frame
  • USB C
  • Shadow Black / Frozen Silver Colors

Typically, there are no subtiels left play hardware. For many, the idea of ​​dedicated game gear is upward images of jet-black devices with red, orange, or green background keyboards that are virtually glowing in the dark. The Black Shark 2 adapts this stereotype to & T.

Black Shark 2 Review glinty green

The Black Shark 2 is (surprise, surprise) black with green accent. From the front it almost looks like a regular leaf, but the green window on the metal frame gives it away. This accent shines in the light as you move the phone. The color is similar to that of the Wicked Witch of the West. I do not like it.

The stereo speakers are pretty well hidden. Black Shark cuts small slides from the front glass where it comes to the frame at the top and bottom, and sticks them into these slits.

Black Shark 2 Review left profile

Where the front of the phone is already glass, the rest of the chassis is some serious heavy metals. The sides and back are a single aluminum piece, broken up with a glass insert with green seams. The design is incredibly busy and chaotic, but I think that's the point. This phone looks at the house aboard a Romulan Warbird.

The glass insert is highly reflective, which contrasts with the matt black paint on the metal. Black Shark says it also helps with cooling and signal performance.

Black Shark 2 Overview on its edge

Then there are the lights. The Black Shark logo is placed on the back of the phone, just like the back logo of the ROG Phone and Razer Phone 2, can be adjusted to glow and pulse in about any color (16.8 million, says Black Shark). The light-up logo is connected by two illuminated strips to the sides called light bands. The standard color for the strips is the same green used to emphasize the metal frame, but the bands can also glow and wrap in a wide range of colors and patterns.

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Black Shark calls all these sports design 3.0. Maybe you see things differently than I do, but nothing on this phone looks like a sports car for me. The Black Shark 2 is a completely modern device, and unashamedly so.

The chassis is some serious heavy metals.

It's also big and heavy. The amount of metal used in the chassis really adds to it. This phone is not the most comfortable thing to keep for a long time. It also pulls in your pants when you walk around in your pocket. If the size and weight matter to you, the Black Shark 2 is probably more than you can handle.

Black Shark 2 Review camera close by

The controls usually work as they should. A short volume switch is high on the left, while the small power and screen button and dedicated Shark Key are on the right. The buttons have excellent profiles and perfect action.

There is a USB C port at the bottom but no headphone jack. (The ROG phone has one, the Razer Phone 2). The SIM chip is also inserted into the bottom, and the phone supports up to two SIM cards, but not a memory card.

Like many modern phones, the dual camera array is pushed into the upper left corner of the back panel. Each round module stands on its own, rather considerably if you ask me.

Black Shark 2 Review green accent

There is no waterproofing or even water resistance for this phone, and despite the metal building, it's not really robust.

The Black Shark 2 is an aggressive piece of hardware, and it can be too much for some people. It's not the kind of phone I want to push myself, but I'm glad companies are experimenting with design in devices like this and other gambling phones.


  • 6.39-inch Full HD + AMOLED
  • 2,340 by 1,080 resolution, 430ppi
  • 19.5: 9 aspect ratio
  • 430-nit brightness

Black Shark gave the show a significant update on its second outing. Where the original cell phone had a 5.99 inch LCD panel, the Black Shark 2 has a larger size OLED performance. This is a great improvement.

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At a basic level, the resolution is the same at Full HD +. Given the number of games optimized for 1080p resolution, it's right where it should be. Everything looks sharp and sharp on the phone. The OLED panel offers much more contrast than the older LCD, and it increases blacks and colors. The result is a richer visual experience when playing and playing see Netflix.

Black Shark says it has improvements in color accuracy, which was a complaint to the original. Whites look much more true, with only the slightest yellow. View angles are large, and there is no blue shift.

The phone does not flush out enough light

Brightness is as far as I am concerned. The 430-nit brightness rating is large on paper, but the reality is not that impressive. You won't have any problems in your dark bedroom or basement, but using the camera or Google Maps outside is problematic. The phone does not flush out enough light for easy outdoor performance. It's not disastrous, but it can be better.

As expected, you can adjust the color temperature, adjust blue light filters, and make other screen adjustments to suit your individual preferences.

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Black Shark 2 Review displays color controls
Black Shark 2 Review display theme

The show is also where you will find the fingerprint sensor. Yes it is embedded under the front glass. I didn't have a snafus that trains the sensor, but it only worked about half the time. As much as I like the animation that pops up the screen when using the fingerprint sensor, it's just too unreliable for me.

The fingerprint sensor only works about half the time. It's just too unreliable.

Black Shark 2 Review fingerprint reader

The Black Shark 2 also supports camera-based Face Unlock. It is faster and more convenient than the fingerprint reader, but not so safe. I waited to use a PIN.


  • Snapdragon 855 S0C
    • 2.8GHz octa-core, 7nm process
  • 8 or 12 GB of RAM
  • 128 or 256 GB of storage
  • Liquid Cooling

With one of the top slides available and a sound allocation of RAM, the Black Shark 2 broke through benchmarks – those we could install anyway. 3DMark normally installed and run, but AnTuTu and GeekBench did not. We replaced the 3D bank and it just had another point of comparison.

On 3DMark, the phone generated 5,566 on Sling Shot Filter both explicit OpenGL ES 3.1 and 4,909 on Vulkan. It rated better than 99 percent of all phones in the database.

Black Shark 2 Review 3DMark results
Black Shark 2 Read more 3D bank data
Black Shark 2 Review 3D bank data

The scores don't matter, because the phone just screams. The Black Shark 2 has won every task, every app, and every game before it. It delivered smooth 3D landscapes and blurred play. PUBG and Fortnite also ran on the Black Shark 2 as they did on the ROG Phone and flagship phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S10.

The phone has a number of performance enhancing capabilities. For starters, it is fluidly cooled and has a multiple heat dissipation system designed to move heat energy away from the processor core. This includes a heat-conductive copper shield and a multi-day graphite film. The phone didn't get too hot during the game.

The Black Shark 2 does not support American LTE tires. I tried both AT&T and T-Mobile SIM cards and in some areas I had basic GSM services and in other 3Gs. This device is intended for UK, EU, India and China.


  • 4.000mAh Lithium ion
  • Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 (27W)

The phone absolutely breaks it into battery life. If you just want a phone with a killer battery performance, the Black Shark 2 & # 39; s a great place to look. It broke through 48 hours and out, with enough power to save.

Black Shark 2 Review reaer profile

If you spend a lot of time, expect a little more than one day of battery life. The processor can be fine and cool, but pushing polygons is workload. Play Fortnite or Asphalt For more than an hour or two, a noticeable toll on the battery. Be assured, you can spend a few hours every day playing and still pushing a little breathing room from morning to night.

Frustrated in an epic campaign and can't break down the phone? No need to worry. The Black Shark supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 (27W). Thirty minutes plugged into the included charger will give a powerful 60 percent boost in battery life (it will take you from 10 percent to 70 percent). Yes, it pays quickly. Actually fast.

There is no wireless charging on board, but the quick wired power supplies make it so far for me.


  • Agterkameras:
    • 48MP primary sensor, f / 1.75 aperture
    • 12MP 2x telephoto sensor, f / 2.2 aperture
  • Front Camera:
    • 20MP sensor, f / 2.0 aperture

The Black Shark 2's camera fits competing devices, but not necessarily their quality. The dual camera rear-panel setup lets you shoot your normal and telephoto images as well as the two lenses together Portrait / bokeh. It's a standard rate for a modern device.

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Black Shark 2 Review camera pro mode
Black Shark 2 Review room recordings

The control measures for the application levels of the industry. A search fills the middle of the screen, while several controls line one side and shutter buttons line the other. Modes are available thanks to a ribbon running along the shutter button. This includes short video, slow motion, video, photo, portrait, square, panorama and pro (manual). The pro mode allows you to control white balance, focus, shutter speed, ISO and which lens you use. You choose ways by typing the name or moving the whole searcher back and forth. Fortunately, this action is fast and smooth.

I dig the quick controls so you can drive the flash, HDR, AI camera and filter with your left thumb. There is even rudimentary tilt shift, beauty, and straightener tools. The full settings menu allows you to customize the rest of the camera's ins and outs.

As for the quality of the photo, the Black Shark 2 is slightly better than average. I expected disastrous results and pleasantly surprised me.

Most of the photos focused sharply. I was especially pleased with the cuckoo clock shot, which was taken in fairly low light. It is sharp and mostly free of noise. You'll see compression artefacts here and there, but it's not too terrible.

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Dynamic scenes produced problems for the camera. The bridge of the bridge that runs across the river with the waterfall in the foreground, lacks detail in the dark iron of the bridge. You can see similar problems in some of the other river shots. Only a few photos are overexposed.

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White balance was a problem. You can see a deep yellow hue on the rock wall. Color accuracy was inconsistent across the board.

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The portrait photo's are doing well, but border detection isn't perfect. The selfie camera has done a decent job with normal selfies. You can see good focus on me and a slight blur of the rock face behind me. However, the whole shot leans slightly to yellow and may have more detail.

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You can shoot video up to 4K. The monsters I captured looked clean, well exposed, and mostly free of noise.

You can find a gallery of full resolution photo samples here.


  • USB-C sound
  • Bluetooth 5 with aptX HD
  • Stereo speakers

The sound experience is more of a mixed bag than I expected. Stereo speakers are a good starting point, but the lack of 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C audio gearbox in the box means you're your own for headphones.

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I'm disappointed with the lack of sound control.

The speakers can deliver 1W sound output, which means the Black Shark 2 can become very loud. The company tackled the output of the real speaker by about 25 percent to ensure it is probably covered by your game when it is played. In addition, it will automatically adjust to balance the volume if it detects that it is covered.

Volume is not everything. Games generally sound good to the speakers, but music sounds angry in a bad way. The same goes for YouTube video content and Netflix. I prefer much sharper heights and stricter layers. Flagships like the Galaxy S10 and LG G8, and playphones like the Asus ROG Phone, a better stereo speaker experience. The sounds of PUBG were about what I expected from an FPS, and the screaming tires in Asphalt were real.

Using a USB-C-3.5mm adapter I had, I pasted my best pair of wired headphones into the Black Shark 2. What I heard sounded good.

However, I was much happier to listen through my favorite Bluetooth headphones. With support for aptX HD On board, you're having a surprise if you have headphones.

If you're a serious player, you probably have a dedicated set of headphones with a microphone. Speaking of music, there is a dedicated gambling microphone on one side of the phone to ensure it is not covered by your hand while playing.

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Editor's choice

I'm very disappointed with the lack of sound control. The phone offers you only the most basic tools for adjusting game volume, equalizer settings and so on. I expected a little more.


  • Android 9 Piece

We tested the international version of the Black Shark 2, which has a slightly different software experience than the Chinese and Indian versions. It runs vanilla Android out of the box. In fact, I will not blame you if you do not realize that the phone has a game focus – at least based on the software.

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Actually, the only clues you have are the "Game Dock" and "Light Settings" at the bottom of the settings menu. These two allow you to customize certain aspects of the gaming experience, such as notifications, frame rates, brightness and the floating window serving as a dashboard for all your key performance metrics (battery temp, CPU temp, CPU frequency, and so on). ).

The Shark Key on the right gives access to the phone's play zone, called Shark Space. This is quite something. The first thing Shark Space announces is these modes and will help you focus 100 percent on gameplay. It also immerses the RAM to improve speeds.

Shark Space is essentially a central place for all your games. Any titles you download from the Play Store are automatically loaded into the Shark Space launcher. They are arranged in a carousel that moves you side-by-side to choose the game you want to play. Like the phone itself, the charger is black with green accents.

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There are also controls for the optional game blocks. If you buy the booklets, you can customize the actions for each button here as well as basic calibrations.

If you do not have the controllers, you can set up the buttons on the screen to perform specific tasks. In addition, the display can detect 240 Hz touch sensitivity with latency as low as 43.5ms. Together, this translates to faster finger recognition and faster response to your input (and hopefully, faster kills).

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One thing that Shark Space does not allow to do is manage the phone's performance. On the ROG Phone, the game dashboard give you insight into the battery and processor's health and status. In addition, Asus offers you some adjustments to improve or prevent performance from overcharging the battery while playing games. While the Game Dock can judge the Black Shark 2's CPU cycles and temperatures, there are no controls in Shark Space to actually manage any of them.

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Black Shark 2 specifications

Black Shark 2
performance 6.39-inch AMOLED
Full HD + (2,340 x 1,080)
19.5: 9 aspect ratio
Not the brightness
processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, 2.84GHz
Adreno 640 GPU
Memory and storage 8GB RAM / 128GB storage
12GB RAM / 256GB storage
LDDR4X, dual channel, 2133MHZ
camera back:
Head 12MP f / 1.75
LED flash
Secondary: 12MP f2.2 with 2x optical zoom

Front Camera:
20MP f / 2.0
0.9 μm pixels
AI beauty

video 4k @ 30fps
1080p @ 30fps
720p @ 30fps

Slow motion: 720p @ 240fps and 1080p @ 120fps

size 163.6 mm x 75 mm x 8.77 mm
sensors Gravity
Soft light
Fingerprint Reader
Force Touch
compound FDD LTE (B1, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B20, B28)
TDD LTE (B34, B38, B39, B40, B41)
4×4 MIMO
3XCA and 2XCA
TD-SCDMA (B34, B39)
WCDMA (B1, B2, B5, B8)
GSM (B2, B3B5, B8)
Wi-Fi 5 (dual channel, 2×2 MIMO 802.11a / b / g / n / ac
Bluetooth 5.0
audio Stereo speakers
USB-C sound
Bluetooth aptX HD

Value for money

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The Black Shark 2 is now available in the UK and the EU. The 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant cost 470 pounds or 549 euros respectively, which equals about $ 625. The higher version is not yet available.

The phone is expected to be launched soon in India, but prices for the region have not yet been announced. Black Shark does not intend to sell the device directly in the US and, as there is no US wireless network support, I would not recommend it to US buyers.

The Black Shark 2 is a firm value for the money spent.

The price is not bad, everything is considered. You'll get a solid piece of hardware with a good performance, far-reaching battery life, and the fastest performance I've seen from a mobile phone. The camera is surprisingly decent, and the hardware has more personality than any plate you can buy from your local drawer. The phone runs a clean version of Android, and the games can be fun.

In comparison, the Asus ROG Phone still runs a steep $ 899 (for accessories), while the Razer Phone 2 is discounted up to $ 499. This means the Black Shark 2 is carrying the needle here. I think you get more phone in the Black Shark than the Razer, but the ROG phone is the best of these three. Bottom line, I call the Black Shark 2, at £ 479 or £ 549 a fair price and good value for money spent.

Black Shark 2 review: The verdict

Editor's choice

The Black Shark 2 is a good phone, not a good phone. It delivers hardcore performance in key metrics like battery life and raw power. Besides that, the clean software, customizable light show, skilled camera and dedicated gambling experiences should lead those who are looking for a mobile BFG to the next campaign.

If there is something that holds it back, I say the big and heavy chassis, a lack of headphone jack, and limited LTE 4G support will be.

The Black Shark 2 is probably the best buy for gamers who need more than the average flagship can. Play up.

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