Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro Gaming Phones Announced
The ASUS ROG Phone 5 has just gotten some mighty capable competition — the Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro models pack some serious internals and are noticeably less expensive, too! But beastly gaming phones are no longer a scarce commodity, so what makes these upcoming devices from Black Shark (a subsidiary of Xiaomi) so special? Well, two things stand out the most: hardware controls and price.
Let’s Talk Specs
For hardcore mobile gamers — those looking for the most fluid frame rates and highest resolutions — internals are of the utmost importance. Fortunately, both Black Shark 4 models deliver in this regard, and doubly so. They’re equipped with a huge 6.67” AMOLED screen (of the 144Hz refresh rate variety) and a whopping 720Hz touch sampling rate. That’s the highest number we’ve ever seen on a mobile phone and will undoubtedly result in the absolute smoothest experience imaginable. Touch sampling rate is highly important as it’s how a screen can register and respond to any touch input.
With a peak brightness of 1300 nits (almost retina-burning) and 111% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage, both Black Shark 4 models will sport some of the nicest screens you’ll ever lay your eyes on. Unfortunately, the screen’s refresh rate won’t adjust on the fly (as is the case with some of today’s most prominent flagships), which will undoubtedly affect battery life. Then again, that’s a pretty acceptable drawback given the price point.
Hidden beneath this exceptional AMOLED display is a 4500mAh battery that supports 120W fast charging. According to Black Shark, you’ll be able to top it up from 0 to 100 in around thirty minutes. On the one hand, that almost sounds too good to be true. On the other, 120W is an obscene amount of wattage, so we’re inclined to believe them on this one.
The SoC base Black Shark 4 model will sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870, an 865+ SoC with higher clock speeds. The Pro model, on the other hand, comes equipped with the latest and greatest Snapdragon 888. The base model comes with 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of high-speed UFS 3.1 storage and will retail for around $385. The Black Shark 4 Pro, on the other hand, takes things up a notch with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage — a noticeable spec boost that justifies its higher price tag (±$615).
Both phones come with Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC, along with a fairly capable three-camera set-up on the back (wide, ultra-wide, and macro). Last but certainly not least, there’s the somewhat archaic but still irreplaceable 3.5mm audio jack!
These beastly gaming phones will be available for pre-order in China on March 26, with a global launch coming soon as well.
A Standout Feature
Having an incredible spec sheet is great and all, but it isn’t enough in today’s day and age. However, what sets these two phones apart from their competition are the two physical shoulder buttons on the side. Gone are the days of touch-sensitive air triggers! Now, in all fairness, Black Shark’s last gaming phone had physical triggers as well, but they’ve supposedly redesigned them from the ground up. Whether that’ll truly result in a more enjoyable, tactile experience remains to be seen, though.
Either way, both Black Shark 4 models will offer a superb gaming experience that’ll be hard to beat!