Is OnePlus 9RT a threat to BlackShark 4S, a real gaming phone?
Can the popularity of OnePlus earn them a place in the hearts of gamers? And is the OnePlus 9RT a threat to a gaming legend like Black Shark 4S? Let’s find out!
OnePlus 9RT: A… gaming phone?
If you are wondering why I am pitching a OnePlus phone against a BlackShark handset, be aware that this may be the first handset seriously launched to the company’s gamers.
And that’s great! The competition is always good, forcing the rivals to take the difficult path, without cutting corners. But OnePlus made its job harder when it decided to launch its brand new phone on the exact same day as Black Shark. If you didn’t know, the OnePlus 9RT and Black Shark 4S will be unveiled this October 13.
Between the two, which phone will do the trick? And which of them will leave you hanging?
The two phones seem pretty similar at first glance, and that’s because OnePlus knows pretty well what mobile gamers need and what recipe gaming phones follow.
OnePlus 9RT vs Black Shark 4S: touch sample rate, refresh rate
Right off the bat, OnePlus made sure that the improved touch sample rate would be a conversation starter. The company has gone to great lengths to highlight the 600Hz touch sample rate, a record for a OnePlus phone.
Why is this so important? Well, touch sample rate refers to the time interval between a tap on the phone screen and the corresponding action of that tap. Basically it shows how long it takes for a device to react to the command you gave it. Obviously, this is crucial when you are in a shooter or car chase.
The higher the number, the “faster” or more responsive the phone is. And it does not stop there. Here’s the reason everyone has been striving to deliver exceptional refresh rates lately: A phone can respond quickly, but without a high refresh rate the user won’t be able to see that reaction in a timely manner.
Over time, the screen will not refresh quickly enough to make this change visible.
OnePlus claims to have managed to improve click-through time by 57% after working closely with an eSports team. This touch sample rate is paired with a 120Hz refresh rate on a 6.55-inch screen.
Is it enough to outperform Black Shark 4S? Not enough. At least on paper, Black Shark is faster, with a 720Hz tactile sample rate! And it’s paired with a 144Hz refresh rate, which we also only saw on high-end devices.
In other words, OnePlus 9RT may be a huge leap forward from its predecessor, but it remains behind the Black Shark 4S.
OnePlus 9RT: cooling system, Snapdragon processor
To sweeten the deal, OnePlus added a better cooling system. I’m talking about a five-layered structure that, to their credit, actually covers almost the entire phone.
However, this is nothing new. In fact, the cooling system has been a central part of gaming phones for quite some time now, because sooner or later all that heavy processing will heat up a phone.
Speaking of processing, how do 9RT and 4S handle most tasks? With a Snapdragon chip, of course. And while both went for the best price possible, BlackShark’s has an added advantage. The 4S Pro processor is the 888 Plus version which makes this handset better than even the 4 Pro.
So far most – if not all – points go to… BlackShark!
OnePlus 9RT vs Black Shark 4S: memory, camera, shoulder triggers
From a spec standpoint, this shark is pretty hard to beat. BlackShark 4S Pro is expected to ship with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, along with a 64MP main-led triple camera with an ultra-wide and macro in tow.
I’m not sure how hard players will press that trigger, but they’ll definitely need the shoulder triggers and… good news, they’re back! The only unexpected feature of BlackShark 4S is the new screen mode for… reading, apparently? We’ll have to look at that.
OnePlus 9RT will struggle to catch up with a 50 MP main camera, 4,500 mAh battery with an admittedly attractive 65 W charge.
Honestly, the specs give us an idea of what a phone is capable of. It’s a whole different thing when you have it in your hands. If OnePlus can optimize the entire system to run seamlessly, deliver a camera that’s hard to beat, and bring it onto the world stage … well, then the odds might be more in their favor.