Amongst the sea of smartphones launching this month, the Razer Phone 2 was the only gaming handset that now succeeds the Razer Phone. Now, it seems Xiaomi’s subsidiary Black Shark is not far off from launching a sequel to its last year’s gaming device. Last month we reportedly saw the handset pass through TENAA certification in China with the model number AWM-A0. Now, the same model has surfaced on Geekbench today.
As you can see in the Geekbench listing below, there isn’t much to look forward to from a hardware perspective. The listing mentions a Snapdragon 845 SoC will be powering the handset which was also on the previous version. This will be backed by 8GB of RAM at least for this particular variant. Furthermore, the Android version also unimpressively remains 8.1 which is again the same as the original Black Shark.
From what the TENAA listing suggests, we can see some design-level changes which will give hope to some potential buyers that this is not just last year’s copy. The cameras are not aligned in a vertical position and the fingerprint reader also now sits at the back. We have some more specifications from the TENAA listing. The Black Shark 2 will feature a 5.99-inch display with at least Full-HD+ resolution. The handset will have a beefy 4000mAh battery providing constant juice for ardent gamers. This is despite the fact that the Black Shark 2 is 8.7mm which is thinner than the 9.25mm of the Black Shark.
A recent leaked video that surfaced last week also displayed the alleged Black Shark 2 with three RGB lights, two of which would be on the sides. But that was a brief video and the TENAA image begs to disagree.
The Black Shark was released in April and it seems Xiaomi is in a hurry to get a sequel released to compete with the Razer Phone 2. We recently reported a leaked launch date for the gaming device with October 23rd as the date shown by the poster. However, nothing is official yet. We expect the price of the Black Shark 2 to be around the same as the previous model which started at CNY 2,999 (roughly INR 31,700).
September 25, 2018 – Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Gaming Smartphone Receives TENAA Certification
Xiaomi’s subsidiary gaming brand Black Shark launched its first smartphone in April this year. It now appears the company’s gaming division is ready to unveil its second gaming smartphone. The upcoming smartphone has been listed on TENAA carrying the model number AWM-A0. For reference, the first-generation Black Shark gaming smartphone carries the model number SKR-A0.
Black Shark 2: TENAA Listing Reveals Revamped Design
The images published by TENAA reveal a few key differences in design when compared to the first-generation Black Shark gaming smartphone. While the Black Shark featured a horizontally-stacked dual-camera setup on the back, the upcoming device has vertically-stacked dual rear cameras. Another difference is the positioning of the fingerprint sensor. The Black Shark 2 features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor as opposed to the front-mounted fingerprint sensor on the Black Shark.
As for the specifications, the TENAA listing tells us that the smartphone will feature a 5.99-inch display and pack a 4000mAh capacity battery, identical to its predecessor. While the rest of the key specifications have not been listed on TENAA just yet, we do expect the Black Shark 2 to be similar to the first-generation model in terms of performance. The smartphone will likely be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor, coupled with up to 8GB of RAM. In terms of size, the TENAA listing reveals the smartphone measures 160 x 75.26 x 8.7mm. The rest of the smartphone’s hardware specifications are expected to be listed on the TENAA website in the coming days. Once that happens, we will be updating this post with the complete specifications.
Black Shark 2: Launch Date, Pricing
The Black Shark gaming smartphone was priced at 2,999 yuan (Rs.31,800 approx.) in China for the 6GB RAM variant, while the 8GB RAM variant was priced at 3,499 yuan (Rs.37,100 approx.) at launch. We expect the second-generation Black Shark smartphone to be very similar in terms of pricing. The big question, however, is if the company will be selling the second-generation model in markets outside China.
While no specific launch date has been rumored just yet, the TENAA certification suggests we may see the Black Shark 2 go official sometime in the fourth quarter of the year.
Xiaomi Blackshark 2 Release Date
|Expected Price||Rs. 35,999|
|Launch Date||30th November 2018|
|Updated On||22nd October 2018|