Xiaomi’s gaming phone, Black Shark, was only announced in April this year but the company already looks set to launch a successor, the Black Shark 2. A September 2018 listing on TENAA revealed a Xiaomi Black Shark device assigned the model number AWM-A0, similar to the OG Black Shark’s model numbering pattern of SKR-A0, which clearly indicates Xiaomi is in the final stages of launching the newer version soon.
To add more weight to this development, Xiaomi’s global website has posted teasers with quotes like “Unleashing Soon” and “Sharks Approaching” which point towards a global release soon. One may question Xiaomi’s strategy of launching a successor so early, but Xiaomi’s rationale may be to compete with Razer 2 gaming phone head-on, and hence the expedited release. Or maybe the upcoming launch has nothing to do with the Black Shark 2, rather, the OG version stepping out of China. Only time will tell.
Black Shark 2 Expected Specifications
- 5.99-inch 18:9 FHD+ (1080 x 2160) display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB storage, no microSD card slot
- Dual 20MP+12MP main camera
- 20MP front camera
- 4000mAh Lithium-ion battery
- 160 x 75.26 x 8.77 mm
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Rear-mounted FPS, Fast charging technology, LTE, etc.
From the listing on TENAA, we can see that the display on Black Shark 2 will be the same as its predecessor and there’s no major design overhaul in the pipeline on this front. However, the new dimensions make this newer version slightly thinner and compact but the difference is more or less intangible in everyday use.
The camera setup seen in Black Shark is set to find a place in Black Shark 2 as well. However, we expect to see minor changes in terms of their placement. While the OG model had the rear cameras horizontally aligned, leaked designs point to a vertical setup on the incoming model.
This change has probably been made to align the fingerprint sensor, that was placed on the front panel of Black Shark, with the cameras at the back. All in all, there aren’t many changes we see specs-wise in the Black Shark 2 except for some design optimizations. However, Xiaomi may pleasantly surprise us with a few more leaks in the coming days. We’ll keep you posted if that is indeed the case!
Meanwhile, check out this alleged Black Shark 2 video.
Availability and Price
Although there’s no official word yet, we expect the Black Shark 2 to compete with the Razer 2 gaming phone in the coming months. A global release means the phone is likely to come to Europe, India and the rest of Asia.
The original Black Shark was priced at ~$480 in China and we expect a similar price point for the global release of Black Shark 2. This is an interesting prospect for Xiaomi as its direct competitor, the Razer 2 phone, is slated to be priced much higher at $799, albeit for a slightly more premium experience, and (apparently) $100 more for the Asus ROG Phone.