Xiaomi's Black Shark 2 gaming phone excels this durability test

Ro, 26 April 2019

Today's video from JerryRigEverything is dedicated to Xiaomi's budget gaming smartphone - the Black Shark 2. However, calling it a budget handset won't do it justice as the handset features high-end hardware, premium build and as it turns out very durable body.

The scratch test confirms that the front and some parts of the rear panel are made of glass while the rest is pure metal with an anodized finish on top. It's probably not that easy to scratch it, but the grooves are quite prominent. Oh, and the buttons are also made of metal.

Interestingly, the in-display fingerprint reader works flawlessly even if the screen is severely scratched.

The final test is the bend test. You can see from the video that even if big pressure is applied, the chassis hardly moves. Perhaps the fact that it's almost entirely made of aluminum gives the phone better structural integrity. So despite its comparatively low price, the Black Shark 2 proves it's worthy of playing with the big boys.


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Reader comments

Is it somehow water resistant. I don't think it has an IP rating, but can it somehow survive some water abuse? Some phones doesn't have IP ratings but are not susceptible to water. Clear example is the Oneplus 7 series, but clearly they made it (OP7)...

Great build quaity. Great software. I think I already got 2 or 3 updates on my 12/256 CN ROM version. With the price this should beat a lot of the branded phones :)

Also would like to have one but nothing of this is for sale in Slovakia in central europe.