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Xiaomi Black Shark 4 launched, a gaming phone with major compromises

March is the month of gaming phones. After the release of ASUS ROG Phone 5 and Nubia Red Magic 6, Xiaomi Black Shark 4 has also been released at the China conference. The Black Shark 4 presented with the high-end Pro model is one of our most attractive smartphones for some time because it eliminates many gaming phone conventions that we often see in the past. Is it good or bad? We have to test the phone to find the answer.

Both Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro have 6.67-inch screens with FHD+ resolution, 144Hz refresh rate and 720Hz fast touch input rate. The latter is a specification related to the way you use a gaming phone-it refers to how often your touch is registered on the screen, and is useful for quick responses in the game. We haven’t seen 720Hz or 720 touches per second before, because this is a new high.

The screen was shattered by the “punch-hole” cutout of the front camera, which is something that gaming phones can’t really do, because usually, the front camera is located in the top bezel (although most modern flagship stores choose this model) product). As a result, although the frame is much thinner, the actual area of ​​the screen is less chip.

Although Black Shark 4 Pro has a high-end Snapdragon 888 chipset, the non-Pro model does not. Instead, it uses Snapdragon 870, which is slightly downgraded than 888 in some respects. Since gaming phones always use the top-of-the-line processors available, it is strange that Black Shark 4 is not the case, which may be a measure to reduce the price. The highest specifications shared by the two phones are their 120W fast charging and 4,500mAh battery. Black Shark said it will fully charge the phone in less than 15 minutes. Both phones also have a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

So, as the chipset is downgraded, what makes Black Shark 4 ideal for gaming? Well, one big thing is its physical trigger, which is located in the main body of the phone, but you can “pop up” when you want to play, which will make them rise and become depressible buttons. Of course, this is a novel way to set up a physical trigger on the phone, and we look forward to testing it.

It seems that these triggers can also be used for other tasks, because during the launch event it has been shown how to use them for quick access to personal information (such as contactless cards and other NFC tools).

In addition to the chipset, the biggest difference between Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro seems to be the design-the back of the Pro model appears to have a large “X” pattern, and the LED is lit, while the non-Pro model seems to lose the LED, and in some configurations There is also a normal back.

In the end, Shark Space (a game-centric mode) muted notifications and dedicated all the game functions of the phone, which seems to have made some improvements to Black Shark 4. That is, it seems that there are more settings and non-gaming modes as the interface shows more choices.

Black Shark 4 is priced at 2499 yuan (about 380 US dollars, 280 pounds, 500 Australian dollars), and the version is 128GB with only 6GB RAM. Up to 2699 yuan (approximately US$410, 300 pounds, AU$540) to make the RAM reach 8GB, while 12GB RAM is 2999 yuan (approximately US$460, 330 pounds, 600 Australian dollars). You can get 12GB RAM and 256GB storage space for 3,299 yuan (approximately US$510, £370, AU$660).

Then the smallest configuration of Black Shark 4 Pro is 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, the price is 3,999 yuan (about 610 US dollars, 440 pounds, 800 AUD), and the RAM can reach up to 12GB, the price is 4,499 yuan (about 690 US dollars) , 500 pounds, 900 Australian dollars)). There is also a 16GB RAM, 512GB storage model, priced at 5,299 yuan (about 810 US dollars, 590 pounds, 1,060 Australian dollars).

Prices in China tend to be lower than elsewhere, so please use huge table salt for these conversions, as we may see higher costs elsewhere. Having said that, its specifications indicate that with the popularity of gaming phones, the “vanilla” Black Shark 4 will be very affordable.

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