The Black Shark 2’s Ludicrous Mode promises the smoothest mobile gaming

But that has not stopped the Black Shark Company from having another crack at it. The Black Shark 2 is the result of its hard work and it is packing upgraded specs, a new and huge AMOLED display, and the all-new gaming-focused “Ludicrous Mode”. Here’s absolutely everything you need to know about the Black Shark 2 gaming phone.

Design and display

While companies like Samsung and Apple are working to make phones as sleek and stylish as possible, the Black Shark is a little different — and has accents that might help make it look like something gamers would want. The device has a 6.39-inch display on the front, with rounded corners and a small forehead and chin. More important, however, is perhaps what’s on the back — you get bright green accents, a dual-sensor camera, and a Black Shark logo.

black shark 2 gaming phone news

The display isn’t necessarily the most impressive display out there, coming in at 1,080p, but the result will be an extended battery life, which might appeal more to gamers than a high-resolution display. The display is, however, built to be ultra-low latency — Black Shark says the latency on the device sits in at 43.5 milliseconds, which means it should remain highly responsive. It also supports HDR, and the phone even has SDR to HDR conversion algorithms for games that don’t support HDR natively.

Even cooler is the fact that the display is pressure sensitive. What that means is that you can map parts of the display to act as game controls when pressed down on, making for a more natural-feeling gaming experience.

Specs and battery

Under the hood, the Black Shark 2 is no slouch. The device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, coupled with 8GB or 12GB of RAM, depending on the model you get. That should make it more than fast enough for most gaming situations, especially high-performance mobile gaming. There is plenty of storage for those games too — you will get either 128GB or 256GB, depending on the model that you get.

Perhaps most interesting about the phone, however, is that it has a so-called “Ludicrous Mode.” When activated, the device will use all processing power for the game being played, ensuring that the framerate remains as high as possible throughout gaming.

The battery on the phone is a relatively nice one, too. At 4,000mAh, the Black Shark 2 should easily last a solid day of normal use, even if you spend some time gaming each day. Sure, you won’t get 12 hours of solid gaming time, but for the average user that also likes to game, the phone should hold up. That battery can charge pretty quickly, too — the phone has a 27-watt fast charging mode, which Black Shark says will give the device 30 minutes of game time in five minutes of charging.

Software and special features

When it comes to software, the phone comes with an unspecified version of Android, but it’s the other software on the device that makes it really interesting. For example, users can connect the device to a display through an HDMI cable to turn the device into a gaming host. Then, you can see your game on the display, using the actual phone as only a controller. There are even physical controllers that you can attach to the device. Called Game Pad 3.0, the controllers make Black Shark 2 somewhat of a Nintendo Switch competitor.


While largely for gaming, the phone looks like it could be a solid choice for photography. The dual-sensor rear-facing camera offers one 48-megapixel sensor coupled with a 12-megapixel sensor. There’s also a 20-megapixel front-facing camera. While we’ll have to wait and see just how high-quality these cameras are, at least specs on paper are decent.

Price and release date

Interested in getting the Black Shark 2 gaming phone for yourself? Unfortunately, the phone is primarily for China. It’s now available in China starting at CNY 3,200, or around $480, for the base model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, though for the higher performance model customers will need to pay CNY 4,200, which equates to around $625.

Updated on March 18, 2019: The Black Shark 2 has been announced.


Apple’s new iPads are hardly new at all. Don’t waste your money

It has taken Apple four years to get around to updating the iPad Mini line, but the new iPad Mini is virtually identical to its predecessor. It’s joined by a confusing iPad Air with no obvious target audience. Is Apple just trying to sell…

Whether by the pool or the sea, make a splash with the best waterproof phones

Whether you're looking for a phone you can use in the bath, or you just want that extra peace of mind, waterproof phones are here and they're amazing. Check out our selection of the best ones you can buy.

Sony's Xperia 10 smartphone boasts a 6-inch screen and is now available

Sony took the wraps off of three new phones at Mobile World Congress 2019, including the new Xperia 1, which is the company's new flagship phone and the first with a 4K OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is the powerhouse smartphone 2019 has been waiting for

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is the brand's latest phone, and it's a real powerhouse. It comes with a Snapdragon 855 processor, a triple-lens camera, a new in-display fingerprint sensor, and a new design. Here's what you need to know.

Bigger isn’t always better: 5 of the smallest smartphones worth buying

Phones are getting larger and larger, but what options exist for the small-of-hand, or people who just want a phone they can use one-handed? In a world of phablets, some of the smallest smartphones can still pack a punch.

iPad Air vs. iPad Mini: Which new tablet from Apple is best for you?

Apple has unveiled two new iPad models, including a new iPad Air and a new iPad Mini. Both devices have a lot to offer. But which iPad is right for your needs? We put the iPad Air and iPad Mini to the test to find out.

Even older Apple Watches could be effective at spotting heart conditions

The Apple Watch Series 4 is known for detecting heart conditions like atrial fibrillation thanks to having an electrocardiograph feature. It turns out that older Apple Watches could be effective at tracking AFib, too.

The best Apple AirPods alternatives for Android, Windows, and iOS devices

Apple AirPods, nice as they are, aren't the only game in town. Other makers are offering their own truly wireless earbuds, and if you're looking to buy a pair of high-end in-ear headphones, we've got the best AirPod alternatives on the…

Need a new tablet? Here are the best iPad deals for March 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for March 2018.

Amazon drops price on Apple Watch Series 4 with a rare deal

Since Apple first unveiled the Series 4, the price for one has pretty much held fast. This has finally started to change with a nice little $15 discount on Amazon. If you've been wanting the newest Apple Watch, now is a great time.

Sending SMS messages from your PC is easier than you might think

Texting is a fact of life, but what to do when you're in the middle of something on your laptop or just don't have your phone handy? Here's how to send a text message from a computer, whether you prefer to use an email client or Windows 10.

Google's midrange Pixels might be called the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are considered to be two of the best Android smartphones, but it looks like Google could be prepping a midrange line. Say hello to the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.

Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs brings 3D demolition into your living room

Angry Birds is releasing its next entry in the spring of 2019 - with a new spin. Bringing 3D environments and destruction, Angry Birds AR: Isle of Pigs uses augmented reality to add a new dimension to a classic series.

Blackout to go? Call of Duty: Mobile is coming this summer

Activision and Tencent have partnered to create Call of Duty: Mobile, a free-to-play version of the popular shooter franchise that will be available on iOS and Android devices this summer.