Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Clears Mandatory BIS Certification, Launch In India Imminent
Xiaomi launched the Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone at an event in China on the 18th of March. The device succeeds the Black Shark Helo launched last year as the top end handset from the company made for mobile gaming. Now, fresh leaks claim it is launching the device in the Indian market soon. The smartphone has passed the mandatory BIS certification in the country which suggests it may be announced later this month.
About the BIS Certification
The Bureau of India Standards (BIS) has certified the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 with the model number SKW-HO. BIS is a national standard body of India which is responsible for providing certification to certain products. It is often seen as a means for providing a third-party guarantee of quality and reliability of the products. While the BIS certification is voluntary in nature, the government of India has made it mandatory for certain products citing public health hazards.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2, like its predecessors, has an unconventional design language with a distinctive pattern on the rear and a large screen display on the front. It measures 163.61 x 75.01 x 8.77 mm from all sides and weighs in at a hefty 205 grams. It sports a 6.39 inch AMOLED display which is surrounded by minimal bezels on all sides. The smartphone’s display has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 px and a pixel density of 403 ppi. The display panel can reach brightness levels of up to 430 nits and has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Noteworthy, the AMOLED display also supports pressure sensitive controls which means the amount of pressure applied to the screen while playing games would affect the on-screen controls. For securely and swiftly unlocking the device, it features an in display fingerprint sensor.
Under the hood, the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is kitted with the Snapdragon 855 SoC which is comprised of an Octa-Core CPU and the Adreno 640 GPU. In terms of optics, the smartphone has a dual rear camera setup which consists of a 48 MP sensor combined with a 12 MP sensor and an LED Flash which can capture 2160p videos at 30 fps. It also has a 20 MP front-facing selfie camera which is placed in the bezel above the display. The front camera can capture 1080p videos at 30 fps. For memory and storage, the device is expected to be available in the following variants.
- 6 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM
- 8 GB RAM + 128 GB ROM
- 12 GB RAM + 256 GB ROM
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is powered by a 4,000 mAh battery which supports up to 27 W wired fast charging. Connectivity options on the handset include 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual 4G VoLTE and GPS. To keep the temperature of the device under check while running heavy games, it also has a vapour cooling chamber.
Pricing & Availability
Since the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has passed the mandatory BIS certification, the Indian launch of the smartphone seems imminent. Furthermore, the company started its operations in the country a while ago; which may be another indication of the approaching announcement. Unfortunately, details about its pricing are not known yet, but taking the price of the Chinese variant into consideration, it is expected to start at Rs. 33,000.