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Xiaomi Black Shark 2 to launch on October 23; new hands-on photos leaked

After the Black Shark 2, Xiaomi will also launch its first slider phone – Mi MIX 3.

  • Published: October 19, 2018 1:27 PM IST

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Xiaomi launched the Black Shark gaming smartphone in April earlier this year. The company has now released a poster revealing that the next-generation Black Shark 2 will launch in China later this month on October 23. While the first generation device is only available in China, there are rumors that the second-generation gaming device will be available globally.

The poster revealed by Xiaomi doesn’t give any details regarding either the design or specifications of the upcoming smartphone. That said, the Black Shark 2 recently passed Geenbench where it logged a score of 2,403 in single-core tests, and 8,389 in multi-core tests. Additionally, a couple of hands-on photos of the device have surfaced online.

These photos hint at a design that is in line with what had leaked on TENAA recently. The overall design is very similar to the original Black Shark. Some may not like that the bezels around the screen have not reduced when compared to the first-gen device. But this is unlikely to be an issue for everyone as this phone is designed for mobile gamers who require some bezels to hold the smartphone better either vertically or horizontally.

Among the few changes in design, the position of the earpiece is no longer aligned with the front camera but much closer to the top bezel and has been widened in size. This could be a hint towards a more amplified stereo sound with an increase in volume. The bottom chin of the device is now empty as the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the rear of the device.

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At the back, the Black Shark 2 seems to have received some changes. The patterned plastic cover has now been replaced by a flat-finished glass back with a Black Shark logo with RGB lights. These lights are said to be customizable to do multiple tasks, and change the color schemes based on the user’s choice.

The position of the dual-rear camera has also been modified. It has now moved to the upper central area, and aligned vertically in a style similar to the one found on the Pocophone F1. On the right edge are the volume rocker and power button. But a third physical button can also be seen that is expected to work as an activator or direct access to performance enhancement modes for the most demanding games.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 rumored specifications, features

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is expected to have 5.99-inch screen size, and will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with 8GB LPDDR4X RAM. It could feature a dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, an 8-megapixel selfie shooter, dual front-powering stereo speakers tuned with Dolby Atmos, and a 4,000mAh battery. Leaks have hinted towards a price tag of RMB 2,999 (approximately Rs 32,000) for the Black Shark 2.

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  • Published Date: October 19, 2018 1:27 PM IST