Black Shark 2 review

09 July 2019

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  • Anonymous

no trashy MUI ??? maybe I will give Xiaomi another try , hopefully they are made better than they used to be.

  • Anonymous

Abie Cruz, 16 Jul 2019I have the 12/256 global... and its been a month since I had the... moreI have china ROM, loaded play store services myself but had issues, sorted it out over 2 days now it's working perfectly BUT, i don't know if it's a bug or a result of the china ROM but NO DOWNLOADED app will give notifications unless it's still in your recent apps list (eg whatsapp), i.e. apps only run in the background if they are indeed in the background.

Pros for china rom, i'm on the 6th version of the software (5 released updates), battery life is astounding (this coming from someone whose last phone was the redmi note 4 aka endurance champ), no bugs other than dark text with a dark theme rendering the text almost illegible. Absolutely no heating issues.

Try factory reset on your phone, or checking the battery manager for misbehaving apps.

I have the 12/256 global... and its been a month since I had the device. ive read many reviews that its better to have the China ROM, yet i persued getting the Global. Ive had about 2-3 update, and still the Phone is still plain and a lot of bugs arent being taken cared for by the Dev.

1. Using split screen is not easy to look for, if you dont have the patience to look. you wouldnt know that there is split screen in this phone
2. Knowing that there is split screen on this phone, it is useless as the 2 screens are not working simultaneously.
3. The full screen mode is unavailable, so you have to settle with the Pill.
4. It heats up like hell on data. LIKE HELL in the palm of your hand
5. A LOT of camera bugs on different and multiple applications
6. THERES A LOT of bugs but these 5 are most of what I need, that is working perfectly on China ROM.

Now Im starting to look for a China ROM user to swap my Global.

  • kio

Next will be called "mean black shark III "with blinking mean diod

Shanti Dope, 14 Jul 2019Battery degradation can be fixed by a simple swap of battery ins... moreI used to have an XDA II phone.
It had a bedside dock/desktop dock that would slowly charge your phone, and an extra battery. The idea is that, when you needed more battery life, instead of Wireless Charging it, or Fast Charging it, you simply swapped out the batteries. And at home, you always had an extra battery that was topped up and ready to go.

It's usually the intelligent consumers that want Removable Batteries, and construction that is strong for handling everyday stresses. But these consumers are not very profitable. It's much more profitable in making the batteries sealed, increasing the voltage and heat abuse towards the battery, making replacements more expensive, voiding warranties for third-party batteries, and putting it all-together in a Glass Sandwich (slippery, smudge magnet, fragile).

Eventually, it's the "common idiot" and profit-margins that win in the market, not us enthusiasts or developers.

s-pen pusher, 13 Jul 2019stop complaining about not being able to charge the device and p... moreBattery degradation can be fixed by a simple swap of battery inside, but then comes these stup** OEMs making the battery non-removable and non-replaceable for absolutely ridiculous reasons.
Better water resistance? Man, the S5 was water resistant while having a removable battery! And while it wasn't the best example for it, I'm pretty sure there are far better designs to allow ingress protection without locking up the battery.
Using the phone while charging doesn't do any harm to the battery, unless you're charging in a magma chamber environment and heat the phone up. Wirelessly charging the phone's battery even does more harm than when it's being used while it charges conventionally.
Your reasons are simply flawed and completely illogical.

  • s-pen pusher

stop complaining about not being able to charge the device and plug in a wired headset at the same time with these phones that have no headphone jack. you run the risk of lowering your battery's lifespan if you game on the device while it is charging.

NoM, 12 Jul 2019Gaming smartphone with 60fps refresh rate? Are you serious Xiaom... moreMobile phones were thermally constricted. If you only game for at-most 5mins then 90fps on 90Hz display that's fine but on longer gaming sessions, 15 to 30mins, the passive cooling (assuming ambient temp of human palm 37 degrees C) will get saturated and would not be able to achieve that consistently. I think only an actively-cooled phone can sustain 90fps on a 90Hz screen consistently while gaming (assuming that the game supports that frame rate) for more than 5 mins.

  • Silver

Yeah, with so small distance between the screen and the phone's edge...
Very "good" idea, accidentaly touches.. :/
Gaming phones should have big areas outside of the screen, like in older smartphones.
The grip / handling would be better.

  • hcrvelin

This month ROG is coming and so is MI 9T Pro expected as well (I believe India, but I hope this translates to Europe as well). Right now, phones in this segment all have something that seems to be a bit better then other one has so I guess we are still not there. 9T Pro I expect to be the same as K20 Pro so perhaps that one is better choice for those less gaming oriented while others might wait for new ROG and what it brings on table (though BS2 looks really nice and I don't mind frequency thingy - at least not for games I play, but most likely BS3 will have that addressed as well along with whatever new comes then like once again new CPU, more battery, changes to cooling). I'm more casual player, but in my case cooling plays important role as during the summer it is so hot outside then playing for couple of hours might just be impossible in some cases (not to mention phone responsiveness) so I look forward always to cooling and battery life.

  • NoM

Gaming smartphone with 60fps refresh rate? Are you serious Xiaomi? Good luck selling that sh.. !!! Yes you do not need 60fps to play game but you must have at list 90fps when you call phone gaming. Oneplas 7 pro is more gaming than this, how will buy this phone when redmagic is on market.

8knots, 11 Jul 2019Yeah but those you called "cold hard facts" are never gonna be a... moreWhatever fairy tale helps you sleep at night is fine by me :-)

wow. I have to stop reading after seeing the display's 60 Hz refresh rate. what then makes this a gaming phone vs the Redmi K20 pro
I wouldn't mind an LCD display as long it has 90-120Hz display refresh

Marco M, 11 Jul 2019It's not theory it's cold hard facts. Just because you wan't it ... moreYeah but those you called "cold hard facts" are never gonna be a valid reason to omit expandable storage because I said before that expandable storage is mainly for media files that won't need some internal storage level speeds. Sure there's cloud but it's inconvenient when you have tons of them and you have limited data (and ofc there's issue with the transfer speed as well, something you've been arguing the whole time).

Kangal, 11 Jul 2019Those speeds are worse than what I've typically seen. Yet, they... moreYes, multimedia is what I used SD cards for previously, and what I consider them most useful for. But now streaming is, well streaming and cloud storage also helps a lot. That said, I have perhaps 2000 offline songs in highest quality on three spotify playlists, and it's doesn't make a dent in my local storage. A massive multimedia/game library can still be stored compared to when I had 16-32GB internal and 32-64GB on SD a few years ago.

At most I had 64GB internal + 128GB SD, on my old Mi Max. Technically speaking it still has it, just not being used anymore. A nice backup device :-)

Still, with 256GB internal being more and more standard, and higher, the need for my sake, and most others, for SD slot is gone.

SD cards deciding to die out of nowhere, I had especially bad luck with three Samsung professional cards, I decided to have both Google Photos and Microsoft OneDrive keep my photos and videos safe - all 28.000+ of them.

  • Rex

Anonymous, 10 Jul 2019A gaming phone with No 3.5mm audio jack or microSD slot is a joke. Gaming on mobile is a joke, let alone a gaming phone. All ruined by microtransactions in every game, or forcing you to watch ads to earn in game currency instead of just paying once to purchase it and play. Laughable to think of a handset dedicated to gaming.

8knots, 11 Jul 2019All this speed comparison thing between internal storage and SD ... moreIt's not theory it's cold hard facts. Just because you wan't it to be something else doesn't make it so.

Marco M, 11 Jul 2019Yes, really. And app2sd is gone, but having SD formatted to be a... moreThose speeds are worse than what I've typically seen.
Yet, they're still fine for storing movies, videos, music, and files. It's pretty handy to also store your Photos from the phone, and even 4K-HDR videos (if the microSD card isn't cheap). Not to mention Emulator Roms (Roms like game ISO's for PS1, PSP, PS2, PS Vita, Dreamcast, DSi, GameCube, Wii, WiiU, Switch) like I have stated above.

I get it, we should be getting better performing microSD cards (and higher capacity) ones already. But that's no excuse to killing off a very useful feature. It's akin to killing off the Headphone Jack then telling the consumers to deal with it, and forcing them to pay higher prices.

Marco M, 11 Jul 2019Yes, really. And app2sd is gone, but having SD formatted to be a... moreAll this speed comparison thing between internal storage and SD cards (or whatever type of external storage) is just plain theory (in my opinion), just as comparing benchmark numbers. If real life test shows it just works then I prefer not to argue about the technical details.

8knots, 11 Jul 2019Really? (I'd believe if you just went straight to reply on me be... moreYes, really. And app2sd is gone, but having SD formatted to be a part of internal storage is still an option, but the speeds of A2 card don't impress - not in smartphones.

They do perform up to 900MB/s read speeds on CrystalDiskMark on a PC when connected to the PCI-E slot. In a card reader it's 169.1MB/s sequential read and 99.54 MB/s sequential write speeds.

SanDisk Extreme 128GB A2 benchmarks:
Sequential Read on android is 83.66MB/s
Sequential Write on android is 52.84 MB/s
Random Read on android is 7.56MB/s
Random Wirte on android is 2.69MB/s

This is in line with SanDisk's own specifications:

SanDisk Extreme microSD Cards with A2
400 GB 256 GB 128 GB
Sequential Read Speed up to 90 MB/s
Sequential Write Speed 70 MB/s
Minimum Sequential Write Speed 30 MB/s

So essentially weaker than eMMC 4.5 speeds by nearly 50% in read.

Not to mention only 4.000 IOPS, whilst internal storage is 40.000-63.000 IOPS. Much higher durability.

But we've come a long way since eMMC 4.5, with 5.0 at 250MB/s and eUFS 2.0 from 350MB/s to 850MB/s. eUFS 2.1 reached 1000MB/s and the new eUFS 3.0 reaches 2100MB/s, so not even the A2 SD card at in PCI-E slot comes close.

You really did not understand that my reference to a 4200 rpm HDD was due to it's speed, and not the technology itself? It was pretty obvious, but yeah obviously not for everyone.