Following months of teasers and leaks, Xiaomi is gearing up to reveal its next-gen gaming smartphone, the Black Shark 2, at an event in Beijing. We were really impressed with the original Xiaomi Black Shark, offering high-end specs and gaming accessories with a competitive price tag, so hopes are high for the second-gen smartphone – and recent leaks suggest it’s going to be impressive.

Here’s all we know about the upcoming Xiaomi Black Shark 2 so far, including announcement details, pricing rumours and the latest leaks.

When will the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 be released?

Following confirmation from Wang Teng Thomas, Black Shark Product Director that the company was working on the second-gen Black Shark, Xiaomi has sent out invites to a Beijing launch event. The below image, originally posted on Weibo, clearly depicts the Black Shark Logo, along with the date of the event; 18 March 2019.

We’re not sure how long after the event the smartphone will be made available to consumers – or even which territories it’ll be available in – but we’ll update this section as soon as we receive information from Xiaomi.

How much will the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 cost?

With many rumoured improvements to the Black Shark 2, it’s hard to say whether it’ll be as competitively priced as its predecessor. One of the many draws of the original Black Shark was the price tag – £439 in the UK – especially when you consider the flagship-level specs and inclusion of a controller for mobile games.

We expect the second-gen Black Shark to be slightly more expensive than the original, but to be competitive in a space dominated by the likes of Razer and Asus, it needs to be reasonably priced. With the Razer Phone 2 and Asus ROG Phone priced at £779 and £709 respectively, we expect the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 to cost around £500 in the UK.

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What will the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 offer?

While the original Xiaomi Black Shark was an impressive gaming smartphone, rumours and leaks suggest the Black Shark 2 could take the title of best gaming smartphone. This is due to leaked benchmarks, which appeared on Geekbench in March 2019. The second-gen Black Shark benchmark results, under the moniker “blackshark AAA” (conspicuous, right?), details a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset backed up by a whopping 12GB of RAM.

While that’s impressive, what’s more exciting is the benchmark results themselves; it managed a single-core score of 3516 and a multi-core score of 11,413. If accurate, that blows both the ROG Phone and Razer Phone 2 out of the water in terms of performance. In our benchmarks, the ROG Phone 2 scored 2530 and 9342 respectively, while the Razer Phone 2 came in at 2393 and 8955. That should translate to some serious gaming power.

With all that power under the hood, how will it stay cool? Xiaomi has already confirmed that the upcoming smartphone boasts advanced Liquid Cool 3.0 to keep temperatures down during intense gaming sessions. The Black Shark 2’s 3C certification suggests that it’ll also support 27W fast charging, although it’s unclear whether the fast charger will be included in the box.

In terms of physical design changes, it’s said to look largely the same with minor tweaks on the rear, including a vertical dual camera module.

We’ll be sure to update this section as soon as details arise, so check back frequently for the latest Xiaomi Black Shark 2 feature and spec details.

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