Black Shark 5 review: The budget gaming phone to get
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In terms of design, the Black Shark 5 doesn’t reinvent the wheel compared to the Black Shark 4, but it does come with some aesthetic changes, especially to the back of the phone. It comes in two colors – Mirror Black and Explorer Gray which is the one we got for the review and I can honestly say it looks great. The nifty little design details go really well with that gradient and bright bluish gray color to make it visually stand out more than your average mainstream phone.
Regarding construction, you have a very durable metal frame while the back is all glass which is slightly curved on the sides. It’s not the most durable phone, but it still manages to feel very premium and its overall form factor and design make it very comfortable to grip and hold. Here you have the Black Shark pillar again in the form of pop-up magnetic triggers. These are once again wonderfully implemented as you just need to flip the switch to bring them up and you can use them for gaming or as shortcuts to open certain apps, take screenshots and much more. .
Black Shark 5 has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 2400 x 1080 resolution and a pixel density of 395 PPI which is within the range of most gaming phones. Under the hood, you have the Snapdragon 870, Adreno 650, 8GB LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB UFS type of storage. With it, it is fully capable of running the most graphically intense games at high and stable frame rates. It also helps the phone have a truly unique cooling solution, with the copper alloys directly attached to the main heat sources. It helps with heat dissipation and power consumption, meaning you’ll rarely experience throttling of any kind during longer gaming sessions.
The cameras, as with most gaming phones, were clearly not a big point of attention here, but are still pretty usable. The three-camera setup here includes the 64 MP main camera, the 13 MP fixed-focus ultrawide, and a 2 MP fixed-focus macro camera. On the front, right in the middle, you have the 16 MP punch selfie snapper. In good lighting conditions, all cameras capture good quality images with a nice amount of detail and with a rather realistic color profile.
The main camera here supports video recording up to 4K resolution at 60 FPS and the ultra-wide camera supports up to 4K at 30 FPS. While both are capable of taking great video, I have to give it to the main camera because videos shot with it have a ton of detail, have natural color composition, and don’t suffer from a lot of noise and noise. other artifacts.
The 4650mAh battery isn’t the biggest sight on gaming phones, but it gets the job done. With the refresh rate maxed out, a healthy mix of calls, music, and web browsing with some gaming should leave it at about 20% at the end of the day. What’s great is that you get a 120 watt charger in the box, which means you can get it from 0-100% in around 15 minutes.
When it comes to software, the Black Shark 5 runs JOYUI 13 on the latest Android 12. JOYUI here being a modified variant of MIUI 13 with unique themes, wallpapers, and some game-related features. quick, simple and very easy to use. The icons are colorful and the navigation is intuitive and simple but also quite customizable. In most cases, you can set the UI experience to be more like the classic MIUI or the new and arguably improved JOYUI. For more details on the build, design, features, and more, check out our full video review.