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Xiaomi Black Shark 2
Xiaomi Black Shark 2
Xiaomi Black Shark 2
Xiaomi Black Shark 2

Informr score
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 24 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
Operating system
2.84 GHz
2.84 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
41+ MP, f/1.8
41+ MP, f/1.8
4000 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...


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 those accounted for, the bang for buck it delive...

- Basil Kronfli, TechRadar

Good results are possible in favorable conditions outdoors, where exposure, color, and zoom are good. Inconsistent performance for autofocus and bokeh mode, as well as low detail in zoom shots in low light, place the Black Shark 2 in the bottom half of our rankings for image quality, however.

- Paul Carroll, DxOMark
Venture Beat
Venture Beat

The Black Shark 2 is a good phone. When you look at the price, it’s actually excellent. It has a good camera. That finger print scanner (when it’s working) is buried under the screen, which is cool. And the screen is really sharp for all kinds of content. You can even buy controllers that snap onto...

- Jeff Grubb, Venture Beat

The Black Shark 2 isn’t all that cheap, coming at a minimum of 549€ for the base storage model. For a phone which completely fails at the very thing it’s designed for, I can’t see how one would able to justify its purchase. The cameras are massively underwhelming, and the display is also lacklustre...

- Andrei Frumusanu, AnandTech

Xiaomi's second stab at a gaming phone has really has managed to hit the sweet spot between outstanding performance, a lovely-looking display, and a fantastically low price, and if you can get over a couple of potential bugbears in the form of the AMOLED panel and lower refresh rate, it's an absolut...

- Shabana Arif, T3

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Common Questions

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 user manual here.

Xiaomi backs up the Black Shark 2 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Black Shark 2 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Xiaomi support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Xiaomi's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.

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Screen Size

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2's screen size is 6.39 inches with 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution.

2.84 GHz

There is a Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

41+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 41+ MP, f/1.8 camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 20+ megapixels resolution.

128/256 GB

Internal memory is 128/256 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Xiaomi's performance ratings are 1334 minutes, 780 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Black Shark 2 Specs

Release Date March 18, 2019
Regions Available United Kingdom
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core 2.84 GHz
Internal Storage 128/256 GB
RAM 6/8/12 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.92 W/kg
Body: 1.85 W/kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
SIM card size
Dual SIM Yes
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
41+ Megapixels, f/1.8
2x optical
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, 2nd camera feature (12 MP, F2.2, telephoto), HDR
Video Recording Formats
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution / Aperture
20+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
f/2.0, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Pixel Density 403 pixels
Size 6.39 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 6, 100% DCI-P3, in-screen fingerprint scanner
Power & Battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to 660 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to 780 minutes
Internet Use (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 1334 minutes
Standby Time Up to 15.8 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Material Aluminium
Colors Black, Silver, Glory Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.36 x 7.5 x 0.88 cm (6.4 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 205 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Headset Jack No
External Speakers Stereo
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
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