When you boast about releasing a hardcore gaming phone, you better believe that you're going to need some specs to back up those claims. And luckily, the Black Shark 2 really does seem to have all of the technology to put it ahead of other gaming phones, and at an affordable price too.

Games need so many things to work to the best of their capacity on mobile. They need a powerful chipset, a vibrant, low-latency screen, speakers you can't easily cover while holding the device, decent cooling, control options, and that really is just the start. And Black Shark 2 really does seem to have all of that, in addition to a few more innovations you won't have seen in any other phone before. Not to mention, up to 12GB of RAM.

We spent some time with the device and talking to the executives of Black Shark, and they told us all about the promising future of the brand, and why they believe the Black Shark 2 is primed to dominate the mobile gaming space.

Gamer features

Black Shark 2

One of the Black Shark 2's innovations is aimed right at gaming - the liquid-cooling system, which works at dissipating heat from the chipset through the back of the phone. From testing thus far, the Black Shark 2 does feel cooler after long periods of play than some other devices.

The X-antenna is included too, which puts mobile receivers on both sides of the phone, giving you an overall better, clearer connection even in low-signal areas. Coupled with future innovations, like 5G, Black Shark hope to see game streaming become more of a possibility thanks to the X-antenna.

Not to mention, thanks to a mix of software driver optimisations and AMOLED screen technology, the Black Shark 2 has managed to achieve the lowest response time of any mobile device, clocking in at an impressive 45ms. The 6.39" screen is bright and incredible responsive, even at 1080x2340p.

Of course, the phone sports a Snapdragon 855 Processor, and at least 6GB of RAM, going all the way up to 12GB - definitely not to be sniffed at. This ensures that the latest games, such as The Elder Scrolls: Blades are all compatible, and will run as smoothly as possible, especially when the Shark Space gaming mode has been turned on.

When gaming mode is engaged, fans will be able to monitor CPU temperatures, framerates, edit gamepad layouts, disable notifications and more, all while shutting down background applications to ensure the games run as smoothly as possible.

And for the photographers out there, you'll be happy to know that the Black Shark 2 comes with a dual rear 12MP camera, which offers HDR, Panorama, low-light enhancement, and more. The front facing camera is mean too, at 20M. Users will be able to record 4K video at 30FPS, and 720p video will allow for slow-motion shooting of up to 240FPS.

Price it up

Black Shark 2

It has pretty much everything you could need, save for a dedicated headphone jack, and it makes up for that with dual front-facing speakers, and two RGB LED light strips down each side of the phone, just to look nice.

It's a tempting offering, but price is, as always the deciding factor.

Currently the only model available in the UK is the Shadow Black variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. It is £479.00 on the Black Shark site.

Tempting, right? No doubt. See below for a full rundown of the Black Shark 2's specifications, and keep checking back on Pocket Gamer for a full review of the Black Shark 2 very soon.

Market name Black Shark 2
Model SKR-H0
Colour Shadow Black
Frozen Silver
Chipset Snapdragon 855, 2.84
GPU Adreno 640
Version 8GB + 128GB | 12GB + 256GB
RAM (Typ) LPDDR4X, dual channel, 2133 MHz
ROM (Typ) UFS2.1
Dimension Height: 163.61 mm
Width: 75.01 mm
Depth: 8.77 mm
Weight: 205g
Battery & Charging 4000mAh(typ)/3900mAh(min)
Non-removable
Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 27W
USB type-C
Camera & Video Rear
Main: 12MP
Aperture: f/1.75
6p lens
LED flash
Support PDAF
Low-light enhancement
HDR
Portrait phogoraphy
Panorama
AI camera Secondary: 12M PDAF f2.2
Aperture: f/2.2
6 lens (2x optical zoom) Front
20M 0.9um 4in1
Aperture: 4/2.0
5 lens
AI beauty mode
Counting-down selfie
Portrait photography --- 4K video record, 30 FPS
1080p video record, 30FPS
720p video record, 30FPS
Slow motion mode, [email protected], [email protected]
Display 6.39" AMOLED
19.5:9 aspect ratio
430nit
1080x2340p, 403 PPi
Support DCI-P3 108.9%
MEMC
Network Dual nano SIM Card
TD LTE/ FDD LTE / TD-SCDMA / WCDMA / CDMA / GSM
802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G & 5.0G
WiFi Display, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0
Navigator GPS Dual frequency, L1+L5/AGPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU
Sensor Gravity, Ambient light, Proximity, Gyroscope, compass, Fingerprint sensor, ForceTouch sensor
Audio All standard audio formats compatible
Dual front facing R+L speakers
Image All standard image formats compatible
Included Handset, Fast Charge adapter, USB type-C data cable, Type-C to 3.5mm audio jack, SIM tray ejector, Protective case, Screen protector, Quick Start Guide