After the Black Shark 2 came out we found it a pretty decent gaming smartphone, albeit with some small flaws here and there, now three months later Black Shark has unveiled a newer version of the device, called the Black Shark 2 Pro.
The Black Shark 2 Pro is currently only available in China, but Black Shark has said it’ll be coming out worldwide at some point in the future.
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro also bumps up the base specs to 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS 3.0 storage. That starts at a price of $435. There is also a $510 model that only doubles the storage to 256 GB. Mobile gaming remains a very lucrative market, despite the general antagonism towards IAPs, and smartphones like the Black Shark 2 Pro keep on trying to profit from that industry.
The headline change in the Black Shark 2 Pro is that instead of the Black Shark 2’s Snapdragon 855 chipset, you’ll get the new Snapdragon 855 Plus, which is optimized specifically for great gaming performance. Along with 12GB RAM, this will make the Black Shark 2 Pro great for high-end action.
It has a dual-camera setup which consists of a primary 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor and a 12MP telephoto lens which enables 2x optical zoom. There’s a 20MP camera on the front for selfies.
The Black Shark 2 Pro features a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 430 nits brightness, 60,000:1 contrast ratio, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. You’ll also get a 240Hz screen, which means the display refreshes 240 times per second. Most smartphones have 60Hz refresh rates, and even the best gaming phones only reach 120Hz, so that’s an impressive feature if you’re into your gaming.
There are a few changes from the Black Shark 2 in the camera and display department too, plus a more powerful 1W speaker. Black Shark 2 Pro comes with 4,000mAh battery which supports 27W fast charging.
Gamers will also like the other improvements: screen response speed is only 34.7ms, there’s an improved liquid cooling system, and an extra antenna keeps your internet connection solid.