There’s a faster processor, moving up to the Snapdragon 870 in the standard Black Shark 4 and the Snapdragon 888 in the 4 Pro. Both phones also come with fast LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage, though each will come in different configurations. The size of Black Shark 4 screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.
That’s not what’s exciting here but the feature that deserves praise for Xiaomi is the refresh rate. In a gaming monitor, the refresh rate standard is 144 Hz, and the price of these monitors can often reach or exceed $ 1,000.
- Compromises have been made in the battery department, although Xiaomi tried to balance it with 120W HyperCharge technology.
- The top hardware also deserves an excellent operating system.
- If you do a lot of distance or night shooting, I’d look elsewhere, especially because the phone doesn’t have a MicroSD card slot for additional storage.
- When you stack the two chips up against each other, the Gen 1 does beat out the Snapdragon, but not by a lot.
They’re thicker than your average flagship phone due to bigger batteries, a heat sink, and several other components that you probably won’t find in stock firmware file phones made by Google, Apple, or Samsung. They’re proofs of concept that you can get laptop-tier specs into a pocket-sized device. If only a company made a device with more focused software that doesn’t feel so pressured to lean (in Black Shark’s case, very awkwardly) into the stereotypical lane of what it thinks a gamer wants in phone software. If you’re using an iPhone, you should get the excellent Backbone One controller to attach to your phone.
The design is also very nice and the retractable physical triggers have an excellent finish. Add to all these the different modes like Magic Press and all the options for customizing the display, performance and screen sensitivity, and you have a very nice gaming experience. Black Shark has been teasing the 120W fast-charging capabilities of its gaming phone for quite some time. Now, the certification proves that the company isn’t playing with its fans and will really bring a cutting-edge charging tech. This will allow the phone’s 4,500mAh battery to be filled in under 15 minutes. So, even though the 4,500mAh isn’t the biggest of batteries, especially for a gaming phone, it can be charged in just a few minutes. For starters, the Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro measure in at 6.67-inches and include a 144Hz refresh rate display — ideal for fast-paced FPS and third-person titles like PUBG and Fortnite.