Black Shark 2 Pro gaming phone builds on the popular Black Shark 2 smartphone

Black Shark
(Image credit: Black Shark)

Update: An earlier version of this article claimed the phone had a 240Hz screen, which has now been corrected.

When the Black Shark 2 came out we found it a pretty decent gaming smartphone, albeit with some small flaws here and there; now three months later Black Shark has unveiled a newer version of the device, called the Black Shark 2 Pro.

The Black Shark 2 Pro is currently only available in China, but Black Shark has said it'll be coming out worldwide at some point in the future. It's priced at CNY2,999 (roughly $435 / £355 / AU$630) for a 128GB model and CNY3,499 (around $505, £415, AU$735) if you want 256GB internal memory.

We'll let you know when the device releases worldwide, so stay tuned for that news as well as a review when we've taken it out for a spin.

What are the Black Shark 2 Pro changes?

The headline change in the Black Shark 2 Pro is that instead of the Black Shark 2's Snapdragon 855 chipset, you'll get the new Snapdragon 855 Plus, which is optimized specifically for great gaming performance. Along with 12GB RAM, this will make the Black Shark 2 Pro great for high-end action.

The phone's 60Hz screen also has a touch report rate of 240Hz, which allows you to use ten fingers on the display at the same time. That 60Hz screen is behind the competition such as the Razer Phone 2 or Asus ROG Phone II that both come with 120Hz displays.

There are a few changes from the Black Shark 2 in the camera and display department too, plus a more powerful 1W speaker.

Gamers will also like the other improvements: screen response speed is only 34.7ms, there's an improved liquid cooling system, and an extra antenna keeps your internet connection solid.

Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. He also currently works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.