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Black Shark 2 vs Razer Phone 2: Battle to rule the gaming phones segment

25 March 2019 5

Finally, the wait is over as the Chinese giant Xiaomi wraps off the cover from the Black Shark 2. Black Shark 2 is the latest best offering from Xiaomi in the gaming segment. Being the latest best it will have to prove its worth against the other best available in the market and the Razer Phone 2 is certainly one of them. To prove its worth the latest Black Shark 2 will have to face stiff competition from Razer Phone 2.

The Razer is the most well-known brand known for its gaming products for quite long that's why their latest Razer Phone 2 emerge as a better option than the Asus ROG Phone. However, the Black Shark 2 is bringing a number of extra goodies to attract buyers looking for a new gaming champion. Like always initially the Black Shark 2 will be available for the Chinese market, later on, it will hit the global market to dethrone the already best gaming phone.

Today we will put the latest Black Shark 2 against the Razer Phone 2 to know in detail the real differences and similarities between the two phones. Both have a number of special gaming features to attract buyers. Let's find out which smartphone goodies are enough to attract buyers. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design.

75.01 x 163.61 x 8.77 mm
6.39 inches - 2340x1080 px
79 x 158.5 x 8.5 mm
5.7 inches - 2560x1440 px
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Design

The gaming-centric phones aren't designed like the regular phones instead the OEMs try to bring something different so that gaming phones stand out amongst the crowd. Like the original Razer phone, the Razer Phone 2 also features a rectangular brick shape design. On the front-facing side, you will get speakers at the top and bottom of the display. The rear side has dual sensors with LED flashlight aligned horizontally in the center. The Razer's iconic logo is below the camera's setup.

On the other hand, Black Shark 2 didn't opt block design instead the company tries to incorporate stylish design. The chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the rear and front side. Although it doesn't have an edge-to-edge display still it has thin bezels at the top and bottom of the display. You will get a full front-facing display with minimal hindrance.

As far as the fingerprint scanner is a concern, the Razer Phone 2 scanner is embedded on the right edge under the power button whereas the Black Shark 2 has an under-glass fingerprint scanner. Both phones lack support for IRIS or facial recognition. Unfortunately, both the devices lack the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Both are shipped with USB-C adapter straight out of the box.

Display

The display on both phones brings a lot which differentiates them from regular phones in the market. Both the displays have different goodies, let's find out which takes lead in what aspects. The Razer Phone 2 is featuring a 5.72-inches display with Quad HD screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The LCD display aspect ratio is 16:9. The key special aspect of Razer Phone 2 display is 120hz refresh rate.

The Black Shark 2 display refresh rate is 60hz. In terms of visual experience, the Razer Phone 2 has an upper hand but the confrontation doesn't end here. The Black Shark 2 is featuring a 6.39-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. Unlike the Razer Phone 2, it comes with AMOLED panel which means better colors accuracy, contrast ratio, and deep blacks. The display aspect is 19.5:9 which puts it in line with the new phones in the market.

Hardware

Being the latest beast the Black Shark 2 has an advantage of latest best hardware whereas the Razer Phone 2 is almost six months old that's why it is packed with last year's best hardware. Under the hood, the Black Shark 2 is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 855 chipset whereas the Razer Phone 2 is running on the Snapdragon 845 SoC.

The Black Shark 2 is available in three configurations with 6GB, 8GB, and 12GB RAM. The Razer Phone 2 is available in one variant only with 8GB RAM. In terms of native storage, the Black Shark 2 is available in 128GB and 256GB models whereas the Razer Phone 2 comes with 64GB storage only.

On Geekbench listing the Black Shark 2 achieves 3517 points on single-core test whereas the Razer Phone 2 max out at 2437 points. On multi-core benchmark, the Black Shark 2 manages to achieve 11,295 points whereas the Razer Phone 2 lags significantly behind at 8915 points. The overall raw performance of both the phones clearly indicates the Black Shark 2 is way more powerful on both single-core and multi-core performance. It is so well optimized that it can be regarded as one of the fastest Snapdragon 855 powered phones in the market.

Specs Black Shark 2 Razer Phone 2
Display 6.39-inches 5.72-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1440 x 2560 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 855 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB,8GB, 12GB 8GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras Dual 12MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 20MP 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No
Software Android Pie Android Oreo
Battery 4,000mAh 4,000mAh
Camera

Both the phones have dual cameras setup on the rear side. The primary rear snapper on Razer Phone 2 is a 12MP module with f/f.18 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a telephoto 12MP sensor with f/2.6 aperture. The company brought a few camera features but still, it lags behind in low-light scenarios.

On the other hand, the Black Shark 2 also has dual rear cameras, the primary sensor is 12MP with f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is a 12MP zoom lens with f/2.2 aperture and optical zoom up to 2x. Up front, the Black Shark 2 comes with 20MP snapper with 5lens technology whereas the Razer Phone 2 has 8MP selfie sensor. Overall both the phones are not camera-centric phones that's why you may disappoint if you are looking for a camera phone.

Special goodies

Both phones have a number of special features to attract gaming customers. The first special feature of Black Shark 2 is 'Master Touch'. It is one of its kind feature on Apple's phone which works similarly like Apple's Force Touch. The OLED panel on the Black Shark 2 is pressure sensitive which allows the user to perform a certain task by pressing the display gently as opposed to simple tap. Another special feature of Black Shark 2 is X+2 Antenna which provides better network support.

To ensure the device remains cool even on full usage the Black Shark 2 comes with Liquid cooling system so that the device remains cool even on hefty usage. The Black Shark 2 touchscreen latency is the lowest on any phone in the market. You can attach Bluetooth controllers at both ends of the Black Shark 2. The controllers are sold as a separate accessory.

Unfortunately, the Razer Phone 2 doesn't support Bluetooth controllers so you have to rely on the onscreen buttons. To keep the Razer Phone 2 cool it comes with Vapor cooling system so that the device remains cool even on hefty usage for hours. The Razer Phone 2 support wireless charging.

Price

The Black Shark outclasses other gaming phones with its strong performance. However, it stuns everyone with its ultra-affordable pricing. The base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage can be grabbed at £360 in China. The top of the line model with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage isn't super expensive at £475 in China.

The Razer Phone 2 comes with 8GB RAM and 64GB storage, it was available at £799.99. However recently the company slashed the pricing to £499. Still, with the latest hardware and better design, the Black Shark looks like a better buy. However

Black Shark 2 is yet to hit stores outside China. We can expect it will hit other markets in the next few months. Razer Phone 2 is widely available in many regions.

Battery

Both the devices are light on by a 4,000mAh battery cell. Both the devices come with USB-C port for connectivity and charging. The Black Shark 2 lacks support for wireless charging whereas the Razer Phone 2 features wireless charging.

Conclusion:

Both the phones are amongst the best gaming phones in the market. Recently when Razers cut off 2% of their mobile division workforce, rumors start swirling that Razer may shelf the third gen of Razer Phone. The Razer Phone 2 is amongst the best gaming phones in the market but the Black Shark 2 outclasses it in almost all departments. The only drawback of Black Shark 2 is lack of global availability.

At £360 it is bringing the latest best hardware on any phone in the market. Thanks to Bluetooth controller support the Black Shark 2 becomes better gaming niche phone. The Razer Phone 2's display 120hz refresh rate could be a deal breaker for many customers. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding Black Shark 2 vs Razer Phone 2 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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Black Shark 2 vs Razer Phone 2: Battle to rule the gaming phones segment
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PrajaktaSurve
PrajaktaSurve

Black Shark 2 should be comparatively cooler with the Liquid cooling system. But how about the Razer Phone 2? Vapor cooling system better or the Liquid cooling system?

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