Xiaomi Unveils Black Shark 2 Pro: Snapdragon 855+, UFS 3.0 Storage

Xiaomi has introduced a refined version of its Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone. The new Black Shark 2 Pro is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC and features a UFS 3.0 storage device. Besides the SoC uplift, Xiaomi has managed to reduce its input latency versus predecessor, providing a snappier gaming experience.

While the Black Shark 2 Pro is not a brand new handset, it does come in a new chassis designed to enable a very comfortable grip during gaming sessions and it is also compatible with Xiaomi’s Gamepad 2.0 Bluetooth add-on that adds 12 buttons, a physical joystick, and a touchpad. Just like the original version, the Black Shark 2 Pro comes with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display featuring a 2340×1080 resolution, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 430 nits brightness, a 60,000:1 contrast ratio, and a 240 Hz touchscreen polling rate. In a bid to provide an even better gaming experience, the Black Shark 2 Pro features 34.7 ms input latency, down from 43.5 ms in case of the original one.

Another key feature of the Black Shark 2 Pro is Qualcomm’s top-of-the-range Snapdragon 855 Plus application processor that provides higher performance than the predecessor and which is cooled down using a new cooling system that uses a vapor chamber-like technology. The SoC is paired with 12 GB of LPDDR4X memory, as well as a 128 GB or 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage device. While the new smartphone uses new internals, it still comes with a 4000 mAh battery.

Imaging capabilities of the Black Shark 2Pro handset include main camera comprising of a 48 MP RGB sensor as well as a 12 MP telephoto sensor, which are accompanied by a dual-LED flash, as well as an HDR-enabled 20-MP sensor for selfies on the front.

The Black Shark 2 Pro Smartphone
  Preliminary Specifications
Display AMOLED
6.39″
2340×1080
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
Adreno 640
RAM 12 GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128 or 256 GB of UFS 3.0 NAND flash
Local Connectivity Wi-Fi  802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Data/Charging USB 2.0 Type-C
Audio No 3.5-mm jack
NFC Yes
LTE X24 Modem
Navigation  dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
Rear Camera 48 MP, f/1.75,
1/2-inch
0.8µm pixels, 
Laser/PDAF
  12 MP, f/2.2,
54mm (telephoto),
1.0µm pixels,
Laser/PDAF
Front Camera 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Expected Life ?
SIM Size Nano SIM + Nano Sim
Sensors accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Biometric Security Fingerprint in-screen
Facial Recognition
Dimensions Height 163.6 mm | 6.44 inches
Width 75 mm | 2.95 inches
Thickness 8.8 mm | 0.35 inches
Weight 205 grams | 7.23 ounces
Colors black, blue, silver, orange, purple
Protection Drop ?
OS Google Android 9.0
Launch Countries China initially, NA/EU launch later
Price $385+

Xiami will start shipments of the Black Shark 2 Pro smartphones in black, blue, silver, orange and purple colors. The 128 GB variant will cost CNY 2,999 ($385), whereas the 256 GB version will be priced at CNY 3,499 ($450).

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Sources: Liliputing, GSM Arena