After Red Magic 3, The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro Gets SD 855 Plus
Earlier this year, Xiaomi had unveiled its latest gaming smartphone, the Black Shark 2. It was the first device in the gaming-focused smartphone lineup to be launched in India. The original Black Shark was launched in the year 2018 which was subsequently followed by a higher specced version named the Black Shark Helo. Similarly, Xiaomi is planning on releasing a Black Shark 2 Pro variant which may sport the latest Snapdragon 855 Plus.
Black Shark 2 has barely been in the market for 3 months, so by no means is it an outdated device. Hence, the Black Shark 2 Pro, for the most part, is likely to feature much of the same specs found in the standard variant. However, Qualcomm’s latest and fastest processor, the Snapdragon 855 Plus, maybe a notable inclusion within the upcoming device. The new mobile chipset was unveiled this week and devices carrying it are expected to soon be seen. So it is highly probable that Xiaomi would also do the same. Furthermore, the company can also opt to add on a higher refresh rate display panel on the device for a higher price point.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus is currently its fastest SoC for premium grade smartphones and boasts a 15% boost in performance over the base SD855. Many OEMs are already planning to introduce the new mobile chipset to their respective handsets which include the upcoming updated Red Magic 3 and Asus ROG Phone 2.
Besides having an upgraded chipset, the Black Shark 2 Pro may also get a 3.5 mm audio jack which was eliminated from the original handset. This upgrade will definitely be embraced by professional gamers, who use purpose-built gaming headphone that require the said connector.
In order to verify the claims and speculations, we will have to wait for the official announcement of the Black Shark 2 Pro which is set to take place on the 30th of July. In terms of price, the company may retain the original price on the upcoming smartphone but nothing can be said for sure.