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January 26, 2022

Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Review: A New Gaming Phone with Many More Capabilities

Perhaps you’ll find a broad variety of gaming phones in the Australian market which are majorly designed to focus on gaming only. However, this isn’t the case with Xiaomi Black Shark 4 in Australia as this phone provides you with an opportunity to play graphics-enriched games as well as perform multitasking, capture photos, and much more.

This gorgeously designed model of the Black Shark series comes with a typical Xiaomi Touch – for instance, it’s based on the MIUI operating system, which is indeed great value for money. The major reason why everyone prefers buying this phone is its affordable price tag as compared to others. Below, we have mentioned everything about this phone in our detailed Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Review.

Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Specs

  • Dimensions: 163.8 x 76.4 x 9.9 mm
  • Weight: 210 Grams
  • Display Size: 6.67-inches Super AMOLED (1080 x 2400)
  • Operating System: Android 11, Joy UI 12.5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  • RAM and ROM: 6GB 128GB, 8GB 128GB, 12GB 128GB, 12GB, 256GB
  • GPU: Adreno 650
  • Rear Camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
  • Front Camera: 20MP
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS and USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Fingerprint Scanner (side-mounted),Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, and Proximity
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 120W Fast Charging
  • Colours: Silver, Blue, Black, Pale Grey, Mirror Black

Release Date

The official Xiaomi Black Shark 4 release date in Australia was back in March 2021. However, the phone went on sale after around 2 months – most probably on May 3. It arrived with its "Pro" version and, impressively, both phones are now hitting Australian shelves and enabling Aussies to get their hands on one from every corner of the country.

Price

As for the Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Price in Australia, an Aussie should expect to spend around AU$799 to AU$999 which is far less than the flagship and gaming phones released by other brands. It’s most likely that this phone will end up as the most affordable gaming xiaomi smartphones of 2022 as it’s amazingly cheap and there is no competition in the market for now.

Design & Display

You will find a huge difference in terms of design when comparing Black Shark 4 to its previously released models. It looks like a low-profile and simplified smartphone, but that’s exactly what a gaming phone should look like. It has got you covered with pop-up shoulder triggers that provide you with impressive physical feedback, but it’s a bit heavy and bulky – therefore, cannot be held in a single hand for too long.

Taking a look at the front, the Xiaomi Black Shark houses a fantastic 144Hz refresh rate and a punch-hole display. You will absolutely no need to be worried about its display performance while playing games or watching movies. The overall display size is 6.67-inches based on a Super-AMOLED display with a maximum resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

Camera Configuration

We don’t have a lot of details regarding camera performance. Nevertheless, its trio-camera configuration on the back is considered more than enough to take your photography to new heights. This setup consists of a 48MP primary camera that is further partnered with an 8MP ultrawide and a 5MP macro camera lens. All these camera lenses are housing mandatory features such as Panorama, Touch to Focus, Autofocus, LED Flash, and HDR.

On the front, on the other hand, there is a gigantic 20MP selfie snapper that comes with an f/2.0 aperture and is ready to assist you with selfies and video calls with your loved ones. Most interestingly, its rear camera configuration can record 4K videos at 30fps whereas the front camera is limited to 1080p videos only.

Performance and Gaming

The Black Shark 4 Snapdragon 870 processor can run virtually all Android games without performance difficulties. You may find out how to switch 90fps framerate support for the Black Shark 4 on in the PUBG Mobile China version with HDR visuals. This solution, however, is only possible on Black Shark 4 by far and does not function on the newest versions.

When you connect the phone to a cooling accessory after extended gaming sessions, it will not disappoint you. The CPU temperature will fall to 5 degrees C in its frozen mode. And it will increase to around 2.1fps with less variation in the running framerate.

Battery & Others

A 4500mAh non-removable battery would definitely not surprise anymore and, honestly speaking, this amount of battery doesn’t seem awesome enough for a gaming smartphone. However, Xiaomi provides you with an unmatched 120W fast-charging feature that greatly recharges the battery from 0% to 100% in less than 20 minutes.

Other features include a side-mounted fingerprint scanner to provide you with an extra layer of security. A bunch of connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C 2.0, GPS, Hotpot, and NFC. Moreover, it offers dual forward-facing speakers that provide impressive sound and deliver exceptional sound quality alongside stereo effect.

Pros

  • Super-fast Unmatched 120W Charging
  • Bright Enough Display with 144Hz Refresh Rate
  • Fine Camera Performance
  • Countless Gaming Features with Physical Shoulder Triggers

Cons

  • Quite Small Battery for a Gaming Phone
  • Video Stabilisation Software is Missing
  • Not Compatible with Wireless Charging
  • HRR Gaming Support is Limited

Wrapping Up

Finishing this off by saying that the Xiaomi Black Shark 4 has maintained an awesome balance between a simple and a gaming phone. Chances are you would have an issue regarding its overall appearance, but this is not the case for true gamers. Considering its price, the phone will definitely not disappoint you when it comes to gaming and other phone capabilities such as battery life and camera performance.

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