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Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro: The ASUS ROG Phone 2 and Nubia Red Magic 3 challenger is arriving July 30; Geekbench listing has it trailing the Galaxy Note 10

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro teaser. (Image source: Weibo)
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro teaser. (Image source: Weibo)
Xiaomi is following suit with ASUS and Nubia by refreshing its gaming smartphone this summer. The company has confirmed that it will unveil the Black Shark 2 Pro on July 30, but it is currently keeping other details close to its chest. Expect only minor changes though, if the name is anything to go by.

Xiaomi has not hesitated in upgrading its gaming smartphone, following the announcements that ASUS and Nubia would be doing the same. Enter the Black Shark 2 Pro, the probable quasi-sequel to its namesake, the Black Shark 2Xiaomi has only confirmed that it will be releasing the device on July 30, leaving all other details up for speculation.

However, several Geekbench listings have recently been uploaded that lift the lid on the Black Shark 2 Pro. All four have been posted today, each of which is named the Blackshark DLT-AO. The listings show the device as having 11506 MB of RAM, so expect to see the Black Shark 2 Pro come with 12 GB of RAM. Some Xiaomi insiders like @xiaomishka have pointed out that the Geekbench listings reveal the Blackshark DLT-AO to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, although our research suggests that the one in the DLT-AO is a Snapdragon 855 instead. Incidentally, the Blackshark DLT-AO has about 10% better multi-core performance than the recently posted Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (SM-N970F), but about 20% worse single-core performance.

Either way, we would not be surprised to see Xiaomi follow ASUS and Nubia in updating its flagship gaming smartphone to the Snapdragon 855 Plus. The Black Shark 2 comes in 8 GB and 12 GB variants too, which Xiaomi may continue with the Black Shark 2 Pro. In short, we doubt that 12 GB will be the base model unless Xiaomi markets the Pro as a special edition version of the regular Black Shark 2. Keep your eyes peeled for July 30.

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The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro teaser. (Image source: Weibo)
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro teaser. (Image source: Weibo)
One of the Blackshark DLT-AO Geekbench listings. (Image source: Geekbench via @xiaomishka)
One of the Blackshark DLT-AO Geekbench listings. (Image source: Geekbench via @xiaomishka)

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Alex Alderson, 2019-07-19 (Update: 2019-07-19)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.