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Xiaomi launches Black Shark 2 to take on Asus ROG Phone, Razer Phone 2

Xiaomi has upped the ante in the gaming phone segment with its latest offering, the Black Shark 2. The company is also claiming its new Black Shark successor has all that it takes to shake up the gaming phone segment what with the superb specs it comes with.

Those include fitments of the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset along with 6 GB RAM/ 128 GB of storage for the entry-level model itself. For the top-end version, there is a staggering 12 GB of RAM on offer, as is 256 GB of storage. The goodies just don’t end here as there also is the 6.39-inch AMOLED display which incorporates pressure sensitive technology as well. That entails allowing the user to press the display with varying degrees of pressure to evoke different responses.

Then there also is the in-screen fingerprint scanner as well sourced from Samsung for enhanced security. All of that specs would no doubt make the phone a true battery hog, and that should explain the inclusion of a 4000mAh battery. If that is not enough, the Black Shark 2 this time comes with a 27W charger to allow for quick recharge times.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2

For imaging, the Black Shark 2 comes with twin lens rear camera comprising of 48 and 12 mp sensors. Similarly, there also is an equally impressive 20 mp front facing cam as well. Among the other salient features of the phone include its vapor chamber cooling technology for better dissipation of heat.

With touch latency to 43.5ms and a 2340 x 1080, Black Shark 2 comes two colors “frozen silver” and “shadow black”. It costs CNY 3,200 (around $480 USD) for the 128GB model or CNY 4,200 (about $625 USD) for the 256GB model. International launch dates are yet to be announced.

All of the above specs also put the new Black Shark 2 in better stead compared to its competitors, the Razor Phone 2 or Asus ROG. For instance, the Razor Phone 2 comes with an SD845 processor coupled to 8 gigs of RAM. Besides, it also comes with just 64 GB of storage while a 5.72-inch display makes up the front.

The Asus ROG too is much on the same footing as the Razer Phone 2 given that the Asus offering is based on SD845 chipset and 8 GB of RAM combo. It does slightly better with the storage, offering 128 GB on the base model itself while a 6-inch display makes up the playing area.

Also, all the three phones here come with 4000 mAh battery though the Asus Rog alone comes with a 30W charger while the Razer Phone 2 comes with just an 18W charger. Further, the Razer Phone 2 comes with a side mounted fingerprint sensor while the same on the Asus ROG is at the rear.

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All of this along with plenty more makes the new Black Shark 2 almost a generation ahead when it comes to raw specs and features.