Almost 4 months ago, Xiaomi launched the Black Shark 2 in China & today, the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro launched in China with the all-new Snapdragon 855 Plus SOC that we have on the ROG Phone 2. Interestingly, the price starts at 2,999RMB, which means the phone starts at a price lower than the starting price of Black Shark 2 (which launched at 3,199 Yuan).
Also, the phone comes in two storage options only – 12GB + 128GB & 12GB + 256GB. Again, that’s interesting since the 12GB + 256GB variant of the Black Shark 2 was launched at 4,199 Yuan while it’s 3,499 Yuan for the same storage option of the Black Shark 2 Pro.
The design isn’t much different as the Black Shark 2 Pro has a design similar to the Black Shark 2. The back now has an even more aggressive look & there are RGB lights all over the place. The logo lights up, just like the Black Shark 2. The dual cameras are placed vertically, just like the Black Shark 2.
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro the same 19.5:9 display like its predecessor & it is a 6.39-inch AMOLED FHD+ panel with an in-screen fingerprint reader. The touch latency is now 34.7ms, which is an improvement over the 43.5ms touch latency of the Black Shark 2’s screen.
Perhaps the most significant upgrade comes in the form of SOC & the storage. It is powered by the Snapdragon 855 Plus SOC, which packs 5% improvement in terms of the CPU & 14% improvement in terms of the GPU over the Snapdragon 855.
The storage is UFS 3.0, making it the third phone after OnePlus 7 series & Asus ROG Phone 2 to have USB 3.0 storage. This means faster R/W speeds & faster app opening time.
There is a dual-camera setup on the rear that includes a primary 48MP Sony sensor with f/1.75 aperture & a secondary 13MP wide-angle camera that is a small upgrade over the 12MP secondary camera on the Black Shark 2. The front camera is a 20MP f/2.0 snapper. The battery underneath is a 4,000mAh unit & the phone features 27W fast charging.
The company claims an AnTuTu score of 500,000, which is crazy!
Finally, coming to the pricing, the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro comes in various colours apart from the Black-Green & Silver-Blue. The pricing for China is as follows –
- 12GB RAM + 128GB ROM – 2,999 Yuan ($436)
- 12GB RAM + 256GB ROM – 3,499 Yuan ($508)
The phone will go on sale starting on August 2 in China. There is no official word on the global launch yet.
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