There’s nothing too dramatic stock firmware file – or innovative – when it comes to the appearance of the Black Shark 4 Pro. Perhaps the most interesting part of its design are the two little toggle switches to the right of the phone face that conceal two extra pop-out buttons. These buttons can be customized to perform a variety of tasks, from taking screenshots to skipping media tracks.
Xiaomi likes to pack a lot of features, settings and utilities in its OSes, and that’s evident again here. Still, the shutter speed is impressive and the phone does a good job of capturing color and detail. The HDR mode (that can work automatically based on the scene, if you want it to), is able to illuminate darker areas of images while keeping details in brighter areas. It’s not the best HDR processing we’ve ever seen, but it will do.
- But with the Black Shark 5 Pro, the experience was much smoother than on my OnePlus 10 Pro, for example.
- The charging efficiency of the Black Shark 4 has undoubtedly been further improved and should last longer at high power.
- Xiaomi’s gaming partner has told us about the autonomy of the Black Shark 4.
- A good device should have complete sensor features to fully meet the user’s needs.
- LINK Firmware is an important part of making internal elements of any electronic device work in a way manufacture intends them to work and regular updates will make sure that these devices operate properly and up to date.
- The temperature rose to 60°C and the smartphone was burning hot.
The phone comes with three microphones, two stereo speakers, and a 3.5mm headphone jack which we should definitely applaud as we were expecting Xiaomi to drop it as it is with all flagship phones. We have a fingerprint sensor installed on the power button and not under the screen even though it is an AMOLED model. We have physical buttons on both sides of the phone in order to contribute to a better gaming experience which gives a nice click feel when used. The appearance of the Black Shark 4 Pro is completely different from the series of Black Shark 3.
I recognize that there’s an audience of mobile gamers who rely solely on touch controls. And for that one key area, gaming phones like this one can’t be beaten. Meant to be a kind of assistant that helps with getting you acquainted with this phone’s many settings, the anime Shark Chan character is a feature that stands out on an otherwise ho-hum gaming phone. Consider the Black Shark 4 Pro, which comes with shoulder triggers for a more tactile and responsive gaming experience. I actually prefer these physical triggers over the touch-sensitive ultrasonic ones on the Asus ROG Phone 5. The Black Shark 4 Pro is also more affordable than its Asus rival.
- Moreover, there is a single 20MP front selfie shooter, which provides cool and natural-looking selfies at Full HD quality.
- The latter number isn’t really impressive in 2022, the OnePlus 10 Pro can hit 1,000 Hz, for example.
- Compared to the recently-released Pixel 5a, the Black Shark 4 just can’t keep up.
- Just be prepared for the device’s heavy skin over Android, a slower cadence of software updates, and middling battery life.
In addition, the Black Shark 4 Pro also supports three custom screen refresh rates among 60Hz, 90Hz, and 144Hz. Users can choose the appropriate screen refresh rate according to their personal preferences and different scenarios.