Last week, Chinese mobile phone maker Huawei told the world, its new gaming phone is better than the switch. This morning, domestic rival Xiaomi says, "Hold my beer."
The Black Shark 2, AKA, the Black Hai Helo, is actually Xiaomi's second designated "gaming phone". But if you pay attention to this emerging market segment, it's worth a look. In addition to a huge screen and flagship-worthy specifications, its auxiliary controller accessory is intriguing.
The combined enclosure controller unit places two button clusters on each side of the device, reflecting the layout of the Nintendo Switch Replacing the right analog stick for a touchpad, a la Steam Controller. The external controllers connect to the chassis via POGO plugs and can be easily removed if you are not in the mood to carry around an additional 50% of the phone for a mobile Fortnite session] Accessories include a dedicated cooling add-on that connects directly to the phone's internal steam cooling setup, similar to the ASUS ROG Phone. The design has RGB LED lights along the edges that can be customized by the user, and a dedicated button for opening gaming tools.
As with most "gaming" designs, the screen is expansive and the hardware is impressive. The 6.1-inch OLED screen is big, although the 1080p resolution is nothing we have not seen before, and below it is the latest Snapdragon 845 processor. Dual cameras on the back are 20 and 12 megapixels, stuffed with a 20 megapixel front camera in addition to stereo speakers.
The battery is a generous 4000mAh. RAM and memory vary depending on which version you get: They come in 6GB, 8GB and a full 10GB configuration, coupled with 128GB or 256GB of memory, depending on your choice, oddly enough without a microSD card. The cheapest model will cost 3200 yuan (about 460 USD), while the 10 GB monster is 4200 yuan (a surprisingly reasonable 600 USD).
If you can not wait to get your hands on the Black Shark 2, you may be a little disappointed. Manufacturer Xiaomi almost never releases high-end hardware outside of China and some other Asian markets. But if you happen to be in China, the company is accepting pre-orders today.
Source: Xiaomi via GizTechReview