Xiaomi’s Black Shark sub-brand today announced on Weibo that it will be launching a new smartphone in China on July 30. The smartphone will be called the Black Shark 2 Pro, which means it will likely be a minor upgrade over the Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone released earlier this year.
Black Shark 2 Pro May Feature Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon 855 SoC
The Black Shark 2 Pro launch poster does not include any details regarding the key features or specifications of the upcoming smartphone. However, we can be fairly certain that the gaming smartphone will have Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset under the hood. Black Shark has already confirmed that it plans to launch a smartphone powered by the latest flagship mobile processor from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 855 Plus may not be a huge upgrade compared to the Snapdragon 855 but it does deliver an impressive 15 percent improvement in graphics performance, all thanks to a higher-clocked Adreno 640 GPU.
The world’s first smartphone with the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset will be the ROG Phone 2 from ASUS, which is slated to be unveiled in China on July 23. Compared to last year’s ROG Phone, the second-generation model is expected to be a significant step-up in almost every area. Apart from the Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, the smartphone will also offer a 6.59-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a 5800mAh capacity battery.
As for the Black Shark 2 Pro, we expect it to be largely similar to the Black Shark 2 in most areas, except for the faster processor. Launched in March this year, the Black Shark 2 comes with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display, 48MP + 12MP dual-camera setup on the back, 20MP selfie camera, and a 4000mAh battery with 27W fast charging support. When it comes to software, the Black Shark 2 Pro will likely be running on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system with several custom gaming-specific additions on top.