Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro to launch on July 30
Smartphones that are clearly aiming gamers are not really a novelty. Even so, there aren’t too many models yet so a new one is also welcome. The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro is the next gaming smartphone to launch and we even have an official launch date now. The Chinese company recently added a poster to Weibo which clearly states that the improved version of the previously launched Black Shark 2 will be shown off on July 30. That’s less than two weeks for now so gamers really need to consider their options before then. The Asus Rog Phone 2 is also coming shortly, so the choice is not necessarily an easy one.
While the poster does not reveal too much about the upcoming Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro, it’s safe to assume that the handset will come with the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC on board, just like the aforementioned Asus Rog Phone 2. The manufacturer did not explicitly confirm this piece of information, however, the company did share news regarding this specific chipset on the Black Shark Weibo account which would not really make sense if the new handset would not be coming with the same SoC.
Given the fact that the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro should be an improved version of the Black Shark 2, it’s safe to assume that it will have specs similar to the already launched model, with some minor changes, like the slightly improved processor. The Black Shark 2 sported a 6.39-inch OLED screen, an in-display fingerprint sensor, up to 12GB of RAM and a 4,000mAh battery to keep things going. The device did have some minuses too, like the lack of the 3.5mm audio jack and the fact that users did not have the possibility to expand the device’s storage. While it’s highly unlikely that the Pro will bring the audio jack back, we could see the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro featuring a microSD card slot that would allow users to add extra storage to their handset. Again, this is not confirmed information, it is more like a possibility or a general wish.
There could also be some improvements in the camera section, even though the base model already featured a dual-camera setup on the back with a 48MP and a 12MP sensor, which were able to capture more than decent images. Maybe we will see some changes in the software or some new modes, who knows? The design will probably not change much and this is a good thing, as the previous model had a modern, rugged design and the metal body, even though it is heavy is quite resistant.
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro will also probably be more expensive than the simple model. The Black Shark 2 base model’s price tag rises up to about $625, so the Pro version will most likely cost somewhere just under $700. Of course, it is also possible that it will be even more expensive. The launch event is really close now so we will surely find out more about the smartphone in the next couple of days. Until then, we will get to check out the Asus Rog Phone 2 next week and decide whether the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro even has a chance to be better than that.