Qualcomm just recently announced the rare mid-cycle refresh of a flagship chipset in the Snapdragon 8-series but it is already giving us strong reasons to upgrade to a phone carrying the processor later this year. The Asus ROG Phone II
will be the first handset announced with it but another gaming phone, Xiaomi's Black Shark 2 Pro, will be a closed second, it seems.
Not only did Xiaomi issue invitations for a July 31 event to unveil the next best thing in mobile gaming but a Black Shark 2 benchmark snuck
into the Geekbench database, and the score confirmed the faster Snapdragon 855 Plus
The 11304 multi-core score is in line with what we saw the other day when the ROG 2 benchmark leaked out, and these numbers immediately shoot the chipset to the top of the Geekbench ranking of the fastest Android phones.
Qualcomm mentioned that the overclocked chipset is optimized for 5G and AI number crunching, whatever that means but Snapdragon 855 Plus still doesn't bring DDR5 support, so Samsung's 12GB RAM module
announced yesterday won't land in a phone in the US, even if the Note 10
equipped with the latest Snapdragon processor.