The Black Shark 2 Pro is one of the more prominent gaming phones on the market, and it’s been available in China since July 2019. It’s been a long time coming then, but the device is finally available in Europe.
The gaming phone differs from the vanilla Black Shark 2 by offering a Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset (the standard variant has a Snapdragon 855 SoC). Otherwise the only other major difference is the presence of UFS 3.0 storage here, compared to slower, UFS 2.1 storage in the standard Black Shark 2.
Black Shark’s latest handset also packs 8GB to 12GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, a 4,000mAh battery with 27W charging, and a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen (FHD+). Don’t expect a higher display refresh rate here though, as it seems to top out at 60Hz compared to 90Hz and even 120Hz on other devices.
The Black Shark 2 Pro doesn’t have ultrasonic or capacitive shoulder buttons like the ROG Phone series. But the Xiaomi-affiliated brand does tout a pressure-sensitive display and the ability to create customizable press zones on the screen for in-game action. Still, I’d probably choose shoulder buttons over this option.
Don’t expect a triple camera setup here, but the phone packs a capable 48MP+12MP telephoto pairing on the back. Check the front and you’ll find a 20MP camera for self-portraits.
Expect to pay €599 (~$660) for the 8GB/128GB model via the European Black Shark store, while the 12GB/256GB variant is available for €699 (~$770). Meanwhile, customers in the UK will pay £539 (~$660) and £629 (~$770) respectively. You can view the Black Shark 2 Pro listings via the buttons below.