Xiaomi’s Black Shark brand has announced its fourth series of gaming phones, Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro. They enhance the previous series in most ways you expect them to. It is a faster processor that moves up to Snapdragon 870 in standard Black Shark 4 and Snapdragon 888 in 4 Pro. Both phones also come with fast LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage, although each comes in different configurations.
The Black Shark 4 starts with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for 2499 Chinese yuan (about $ 383), while the 4 Pro starts at 3,999 yuan (about $ 613) and has 8 GB of RAM with 256 GB of storage. These will debut in China on Friday 26. March, while the company says that a foreign launch will take place “in the near future.”
Almost given in the realm of gaming phones, Black Shark has surpassed Asus and RedMagic – some of the biggest competition in the niche gaming phone space – in terms of touch sampling frequency or how many times the screen can detect a touch. Both Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro have a 720Hz touch sampling frequency with 8.3 ms touch delay, which it claims to be an industry best. This specification probably won’t make any difference in most people’s daily use of these phones, but some hardcore gamers may care.
Both phones have the mechanical shoulder buttons that were introduced in the previous Black Shark phones, although the company claims that it has improved the look and feel of “magnetic powerlifting” technology, making them feel more tactile to click and fit. more seamless in the design of the phone. When we talk about the look of these new phones, they are clearly more attractive than the previous models.
In addition to the shoulder buttons, these phones still have a touch screen that I really liked in Black Shark 2. With the shoulder buttons and a screen like this, you can map the controls of a mobile game to be a little more comfortable.
Unlike last year’s model, Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro have screens of the same size. They both have 6.67-inch OLED screens with a 144Hz refresh rate. Like the Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate that I recently reviewed, these phones have dual front-facing speakers with claims that they have good spatial sound separation. Like the Asus phone, Black Shark announced that a fan accessory called FunCooler 2 Pro can be attached to keep it cooler. The price for it is 199 yuan (about $ 30).