Xiaomi Black Shark 4 in for review

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Hi to Black Shark 4, the lower member of Xiaomi’s latest gaming smartphone duo. Differentiated from the Black Shark 4 Pro with the Snapdragon 870 instead of the 888 and a slightly different set of cameras, the Black Shark 4 is still an impressive phone.

We got the Chinese version model with an included 120W charger that can charge the 4,500 mAh battery on the Black Shark 4 in just 17 minutes, but depending on where you live, you are more likely to get the 67W charger in the box. Since it’s still very fast, we really can not count it against it.


Our device comes with a 120W charger, but you may get a 67W

Our device comes with a 120W charger, but you may get a 67W

With Black Shark 4, Xiaomi set out to innovate, especially in terms of gaming features. As mobile phones go, this is underrated – it does not scream FPS or LED LIGHTING, and it’s a nice change of pace.

Xiaomi has included a smart cooling “sandwich” that promises a 30% increase in heat dissipation compared to a regular cooling solution. There is no built-in fan here, but there is an external one you can buy from Xiaomi for € 37.90.

Then there are shoulder triggers, which are the best we’ve seen on a gaming phone so far. They are fully mechanical buttons, but you can hide them inside the body of the phone using the handles on both sides.

The magnetic pop-up triggers on the right side of the Black Shark 4
The magnetic pop-up triggers on the right side of the Black Shark 4

The magnetic pop-up triggers on the right side of the Black Shark 4

The buttons have nice tactility and they become completely flush when you are not using them.

Between the shoulder triggers are the 5G and Wi-Fi 6 antennas, so you do not lose the signal while playing.

Now you see me, now you do not
Now you see me, now you do not

Now you see me, now you do not

The rest of the Xiaomi Black Shark 4 fits perfectly with the conventional high-end smartphone. You get a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED with a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz, HDR10 + support, up to 1,300 nit brightness and a maximum touch sampling rate of 720Hz, which is the fastest yet. Combined with the refresh rate, it leads to a touch delay of only 8.3 ms, which should give you a leg up in competitive gaming.

Software is Android 12, under the MIUI12 skin, under the JoyUI 12.5 skin, specially designed for Black Shark.

There is a Snapdragon 870 chipset, 128 GB or 256 GB of storage and 6 GB, 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM. A main 48MP camera is supported by an 8MP ultra-wide and 5MP dedicated macro with autofocus. Selfies are covered by the 20MP selfie camera – all in all a suitable, if not necessarily impressive set of cameras.

Xiaomi Black Shark 4 for review

Xiaomi Black Shark 4 is pre-ordered now and starts at $ 499 / € 499 / £ 429 for 8/128 GB trim and $ 599 / € 599 / £ 519 for range 12/256 GB. Shipments begin May 6, but we would suggest waiting for our detailed review before making that leap. Coming soon!

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