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Xiaomi Black Shark Series

Xiaomi Black Shark 2Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 630, Qualcomm Adreno 640
Display: 5.99 inch, 6.01 inch, 6.39 inch
Weight: 0.19kg, 0.205kg
Price: 419, 549 euro
Average Score: 83.15% - good
Average of 23 scores (from 41 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 85%, features: 74%, display: 84%
mobility: 88%, workmanship: 84%, ergonomy: 75%, emissions: 94%

 

Xiaomi Black Shark

Specifications

Xiaomi Black SharkNotebook: Xiaomi Black Shark
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 630
Display: 5.99 inch, 2:1, 2160 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 0.19kg
Price: 419 euro
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Average Score: 82.18% - good
Average of 11 scores (from 20 reviews)

 

86.1% Xiaomi Black Shark Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
The Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone offers a water-cooling system, a metal case in an industrial design, and an optional gamepad. Should gamers get misty-eyed about this phone or will only eccentrics import it from China? Find out in our review.
80% Black Shark review: High-end gaming performance without the cost
Source: Pocket Lint English
For just over £400, the Black Shark is among the most powerful and well-equipped devices to date. It's got a relatively clean software experience, great battery life and a useful gaming mode to keep you focused on play. It's not the perfect phone though – even at this price point.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/27/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
84% Xiaomi Black Shark review: A blast for your buck
Source: Android Authority English
The Xiaomi Black Shark may not be the best at much, but it is a stunning deal for the price. As a gaming machine it will leave most satisfied, and as a phone it competes with the best of the best.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 84%
Xiaomi Black Shark Helo Review: A Smartphone For ‘Gamers’ With More Memory Than PS4 Pro
Source: Igeekphone English
On the basis of the previous model of black shark, the Black Shark Helo has made many improvements in appearance, lighting effect, external release, heat dissipation, etc., which also makes it a more balanced and excellent game phone. If you are a gamer, the Black Shark Helo is still a cost-effective option.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/01/2018
Xiaomi Black Shark Review: Worth-it Gaming Phone?
Source: Manila Shaker English
The Black Shark gaming phone did provide an amazing gaming experience. The graphics were great and the company was able to include features that aids in better game-play. Although I’m sure that some people might complain how the controller is one-sided, it will still depend on the user’s preference. The device’s camera was also decent, admittedly better than some smartphones. What are your thoughts on the Black Shark Gaming Phone? Let me know in the comments.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/30/2018
Xiaomi Black Shark Smartphone mit Gamepad
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/22/2019
78% Xiaomi Black Shark Rasanter Raubfisch im Gaming-Gewässer
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/22/2018
Rating: Total score: 78% features: 80% mobility: 100% workmanship: 70%
86% Xiaomi Black Shark Wie gut ist das Smartphone mit dem Gamepad?
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 86% performance: 90% display: 84% mobility: 90%
Das Black Shark braucht kühles Wasser
Source: Spiegel Online German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/18/2018
87% Xiaomi BlackShark
Source: Chinahandys.net German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 90% display: 90% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100%
Xiaomi Black Shark im Performance-Test
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/10/2018
85% Xiaomi Black Shark, análisis: Xiaomi intenta un más por menos también entre los smartphones para jugar
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 95% display: 85% mobility: 88% workmanship: 85%
Xiaomi Black Shark, características y especificaciones
Source: Sin Celular Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; big screen; metal case; excellent cameras; decent speakers; long battery life; quick charging; nice connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/20/2018
82% Recensione Xiaomi Black Shark
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/25/2018
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 75% features: 85% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 85% ergonomy: 85%
84% Recensione Xiaomi Black Shark: il re indiscusso degli smartphone da gaming
Source: Tutto Android Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/08/2018
Rating: Total score: 84% price: 85% features: 95% display: 86% mobility: 95% ergonomy: 58%
Xiaomi Black Shark ci mostra di che pasta è fatto
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Nice gaming performance; elegant design; good display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/19/2018
80% Test du Xiaomi Black Shark : original et performant
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/12/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Test Du Xiaomi Black Shark : Puissant À Faire Fondre Les Hardcore Gamers
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/15/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
Prise En Main Du Black Shark
Source: Fredzone French FR→EN
Positive: Premium design; great built quality; powerful processor; good cooling system; decent speakers; nice connectivity. Negative: Very thick.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/28/2018
Обзор плюсов и минусов игрового смартфона Xiaomi Black Shark 6/64GB
Source: Mega Obzor RU→EN
Positive: Great display; excellent speakers; nice gaming performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/09/2019
78% Xiaomis spelmobil Black Shark testad
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/21/2018
Rating: Total score: 78%

 

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo

Specifications

Xiaomi Black Shark HeloNotebook: Xiaomi Black Shark Helo
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 630
Display: 6.01 inch, 18:9, 2160 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 0.19kg
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Prise En Main Du Xiaomi Black Shark Helo : Une Formule Revue Et Séduisante
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; nice display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/24/2018

 

Xiaomi Black Shark 2

While the flagships interest most of the smartphone users out there, there is a growing number of users who prefer gaming centric phones. The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is an update to last years Black Shark. For a start, the phone looks more “gaming” than ever. The entire back shouts gaming but not as much as the Razer Phone 2 or the Asus ROG gaming phone. The middle of the back portion has a ‘X’ like shape that comes out slightly above the back. It houses the dual camera at the top. There is an illuminating ‘S’ logo at the centre along with two side lights that can illuminate and flash through colors for different notifications and apps. These lights can be adjusted from the pre-installed app. The sides of the’X’ design is sleek with matte like finishing which makes it easy to grip the phone. The phone measures in at 163.6 x 75 x 8.8 mm which is rather thick for a phone but acceptable for a gaming phone as additional space is needed for proper cooling. At the front, the display is lined with a subtle green colored edging. The display is a 6.39 inch AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels. This may be a letdown for those who prefer the higher resolution displays from the flagship models but the display does provide good clarity, color and brightness. The screen also comes with Apples’s 3D touch like functions, named as the Magic Press in this gaming phone. It can be used to trigger different action in game settings. The sensitivity can be adjusted to give different pressure presses.The bezels are also on the larger side as there is no any kind of notch. To be exact, the screen-to-body ratio is at 81.7%, not far from Xiaomi’s very own budget, Redmi series. This might be a good thing though. Serious gamers wouldn’t want their games to be interrupted by a notch but on the other hand, there are some smart notch-hiding features on other phones which can be turned on or off depending on the application. With the larger bezel, the Black Shark 2 fits in dual front-facing speakers at the top and bottom of the phone. However, based on some user reviews, the Razer Phone 2 still sounds better. There is an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Black Shark 2 which works just like the one in the Mi 9. Inside the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with a variation of 6, 8 or 12 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal storage. The specs are good enough to push power hungry games such as PUBG at higher details. To push it further, the Black Shark 2 has a cooling system that covers all components of the chipset to ensure efficient heat dissipation. The phone has a dual camera setup, with one 48 MP sensor and a 12 MP telephoto sensor. The cameras come with 2x optical zoom. On the front is a 20 MP single selfie shooter. The phone does come with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 and supports fast charging for its 4,000 mAh battery via the type-C port. The Black Shark 2 comes with its very own gaming controllers which are sold separately. The thumbstick and buttons attach to the left side of the phone and the touchpad and buttons attach to the right side. They come with the rear case to clip them onto. The controllers are paired by Bluetooth and have to be charged separately via their own type-C ports as they can’t draw power from the phone. There is also an optional cooling case that according to the company, can cool the device by 5 °C in about 10 seconds. The Black Shark 2 is an impressive gaming device, but it remains at that. Not many would want to get a gaming device and loose the portability of the latest flagships. Apart from that, it has one major competitor which is the Razer Phone 2. However, the Black Shark 2 does provide a lot for a very reasonable price. Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Specifications

Xiaomi Black Shark 2Notebook: Xiaomi Black Shark 2
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 640
Display: 6.39 inch, 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixels
Weight: 0.205kg
Price: 549 euro
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Average Score: 83.5% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 20 reviews)

 

87.3% Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 will settle for nothing less than being the best gaming smartphone. With the Snapdragon 855 high-end SoC, passive liquid-cooling, up to 12 GB RAM and optional controllers, it seems to have very high chances of achieving this. Our review will reveal if gamers should pull the trigger on this.
80% Black Shark 2 review
Source: Techradar English
Combining a great camera, excellent internals and improved gaming credentials over the original, the Black Shark 2 is a triple threat that betters most of its gaming phone rivals. It’s lumbered with a handful of instabilities and quirks, but even with those accounted for, the bang for buck it delivers is off the chart.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/26/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Black Shark 2 review: Taking another bite from gamers’ wallets
Source: Android Authority English
The Black Shark 2 is a good phone, not a great phone. It delivers hardcore performance in key metrics like battery life and raw power. Beyond that, the clean software, customizable light show, capable camera, and dedicated gaming experiences should entice those looking for a mobile BFG to tote into their next campaign.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/21/2019
90% Black Shark 2 Review - Insane Power For Less Than £500
Source: Know Your Mobile English
The Black Shark 2 has pretty much come out of nowhere and won our hearts. It's an insanely powerful Android device which, even if you're not a gamer, will enrich your mobile life. Stock Android, amazing reception, robust stamina, a fast touchscreen and an eye-catching design all combine to make this a real gem of a phone; if you happen to be into mobile games as well, then it really is the perfect device. When you consider that you can get all of this for less than £500, then it becomes almost impossible to give this anything but the highest recommendation. Wireless charging, a 120Hz screen, water resistance and a 3.5mm headphone socket would have been nice, but for around half the price of a Galaxy S10, it's hard to grumble too much.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/18/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Black Shark 2 Review: The Gaming Phone You Really Want
Source: Tom's Guide English
The Black Shark 2 offers unbeatable performance and battery life at a stellar price. However, depending on where you live, you may not have the opportunity to buy this phone — in which case, we'd recommend the OnePlus 6T instead.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/15/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Black Shark 2 review: Hands-on
Source: PC Advisor English
We’re impressed by what the Black Shark 2 can offer gamers, with impressive specs, innovative gaming-focused tech and a very affordable price tag, but we’ll reserve our final judgement for when we get the smartphone back to Tech Advisor Towers in the coming days.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/09/2019
Black Shark 2 hands on review
Source: Techradar English
The Black Shark 2 isn't as unwieldy as some competitors, and has some interesting extra features like an impressive camera, but the lack of a headphone jack is a particularly blow for a gaming phone, and there's not a lot else besides its gaming prowess.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/09/2019
90% Black Shark 2 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Black Shark 2 is the ultimate gaming smartphone. Loaded with fancy features and offering super-powered performance, even non-gamers will get great value for money at this low price.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/09/2019
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Black Shark 2 review: Not just a gaming great, a fantastic flagship too
Source: Pocket Lint English
This gaming phone impresses on many levels: not only is it a super-powerful device for gaming, with great optional controller integration (sold separately) and a hyper-responsive screen, its design is a well-considered flagship alternative with great software too. If only it had a 2K 120Hz screen, better speakers and top-tier cameras, then it'd be near perfect for gamers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/28/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
Black Shark 2 Review: Ultimate Gaming Phone With High-End Performance
Source: Igeekphone English
If you let me define the Black Shark 2, I think it is the very pure hand-held weapon in the player’s mind. For the game player, having a better game experience is the meaning of the game phone. With the Snapdragon 855, the global tower-wide liquid cooling and the touch screen, the Black Shark 2 has become a powerful gaming phone. If you are a mobile game player, this phone is definitely a great tool for you.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/20/2019
Hands on: Black Shark 2 Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
I'm incredibly impressed by the Black Shark 2 on first impressions. Packing an ultra-speedy processor and oodles of memory, an AMOLED display and a bunch of high-tech gaming features, you'd expect this smartphone to cost around £700. But with an affordable base price of £360, the Black Shark 2 is primed to take the mobile gaming market by storm.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/19/2019
80% Das Raubtier unter den Gaming-Smartphones
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/19/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
88% Black Shark 2, análisis y opinión
Source: Computerhoy Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/15/2019
Rating: Total score: 88% features: 100% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
87% Black Shark 2, análisis: este móvil gaming está ya cerca de ser una auténtica consola portátil
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/04/2019
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 98% display: 88% mobility: 90% workmanship: 85%
80% Black Shark 2 Recensione: Uno Smartphone Completo, Non Solo Per Il Gaming
Source: Everyeye.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/04/2019
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Test Du Black Shark 2 : Le Smartphone Qui Se Voulait Nintendo Switch
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/06/2019
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Prise En Main Du Black Shark 2 : Nos Photos Et Premières Impressions
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; excellent display.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/19/2019
Đánh giá Xiaomi Black Shark 2: Smartphone chơi game cực “đỉnh”
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; impressive design.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/26/2019
Trên tay quái vật chơi game Xiaomi Black Shark 2: Chip Snapdragon 855, camera 48MP, giá hợp lý
Source: FPT shop VN→EN
Positive: Powerful processor; high gaming performance; impressive cameras; attractive price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/25/2019
Trên tay Xiaomi Black Shark 2 tại Việt Nam: chất hơn, mạnh hơn, giá gần 13 triệu đồng
Source: Nghenhin Vietnam VN→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; premium design; solid workmanship; impressive cameras.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/25/2019
Siêu phẩm chơi game Xiaomi Black Shark 2 trình làng với RAM khủng
Source: Danviet VN→EN
Positive: Powerful hardware; high gaming performance; decent autonomy; quick charging.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/19/2019

 

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Xiaomi:

Xiaomi Tech was founded as a Chinese smartphone producer in 2010 and soon reached high market shares in its home market. Although Xiaomi is not one of the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers worldwide in 2016, it is nevertheless one of the big global players in this market segment.

Since 2015 there are many reviews. The ratings have been above average since 2016.


Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

Qualcomm Adreno 630: Integrated graphics card in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. According to Qualcomm 30% faster than the old Adreno 540 in the Snapdragon 835 with 30% less power consumption.Qualcomm Adreno 640: Graphics chip for smartphones and tablets that is intergrated within the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC. Qualcomm claims that it is 20% faster than the Adreno 630 in the Snapdragon 845 SoC and offers 50% more compute units (ALUs).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Qualcomm Snapdragon:

845: High-end SoC for smartphones that was introduced in early 2018 and manufactured in 10 nm LPP FinFET at TSMC. Integrates 4x Kryo 385 cores (Cortex-A75) at up to 2.8 GHz (max) for performance and 4x Kryo 385 at 1.8 GHz (max) for efficiency. Furthermore offers an X20 LTE modem, ac-WiFi and a dual-channel 32-Bit 1866 MHz LPDDR4x memory controller.855: High-end SoC for smartphones that was introduced in late 2018 and manufactured in 7 nm at TSMC. Integrates one “Prime Core” based on a modified ARM Cortex-A76 architecture clocked at up to 2.84 GHz. Three more performance cores are also based on the A76 but clock up to 2.42 GHz. Furthermore, four energy saving cores are integrated that are based on the ARM Cortex-A55 architecture and clock at up to 1.8 GHz. In addition to the processor cores, the SoC integrates a X24 LTE modem (up to 2 Gigbit download), a new Wi-Fi modem (Wi-Fi 6 ready, 60 GHz mmWave), Hexagon 690 DSP with new Tensor cores for AI processing, a Spectra 380 ISP with an integrated computer vision engine and an integrated LPDDR4x memory controller.
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0.19 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.

0.205 kg:

This weight is typical for smartphones.


83.15%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.
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