[Review] Black Shark 4 Pro – Gaming Phone with Mechanical Triggers
If you use your mobile phone to play a lot of hardware demanding mobile games like Genshin Impact and PUBG, here is the perfect gaming phone for you at a reasonable price – the new Black Shark 4 Pro.
One of the most innovative features of the Black Shark 4 Pro is a pair of magnetic triggers on the side of the body. With a gentle press of two side buttons, the magnetic triggers pop up, giving you responsive and satisfying tactile control for your gaming needs. With these triggers, there’s no need to buy game controller conversion devices like gamevice for a better gaming experience on your mobile.
Triggers can also be used for other functions like turning flashlight on and off, freeing up RAM, recording audio, taking screenshots, screen recording , etc. We like how easy it was to operate and release the two triggers. However, this also came with a downside – the buttons are a bit too sensitive and the bottom trigger accidentally activates easily when you take your phone out of your pocket.
In terms of performance, fast charging and long battery life are a given for any gaming phone worth its salt. The Black Shark 4 Pro comes with 120W HyperCharge that can go from 0% to 100% in 15 minutes or from 0% to 50% in 5 minutes and is powered by the brand new dual cell eSports battery technology from Xiaomi with 4500mAh super capacity. battery.
For audio, the phone has DTS Ultra X surround sound technology certification and is rated number one for audio quality by DXOMARK among smartphones in similar ranges.
For display, the Black Shark 4 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch AMOLED display, with an ultra-small 2.76mm punch hole, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, and MEMC motion compensation . These features are also great for enjoying your favorite Netflix shows.
Specifically for gaming, the phone has a high screen refresh rate of up to 144Hz and a multi-finger touch sampling rate of 720Hz, with a response time as low as 8.3ms for you deliver a silky smooth gaming experience.
The Black Shark 4 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G processor with JoyUI Android 11 operating system.
For the camera features of the phone, it comes with a triple camera setup on the back, with a 64MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide and 5MP macro. You can get pretty decent basic shots with the Black Shark 4 Pro. It’s not the best, but remember this phone is built for gaming first.
Here are some test photos taken with the rear camera:
Design-wise, the haptics, from the mechanical triggers to the fingerprint sensor on the side that doubles as the power button, are all absolutely fantastic. I really dig the side fingerprint sensor because of the need to wear masks all the time due to covid, which makes it very difficult to unlock your phone with your face ID. The physical biometric sensor on the on-screen ultrasound is also much more sensitive and intuitive, making it easier to unlock your phone.
Technical details aside, the Black Shark 4 Pro comes with a proprietary Space Shark app and an anime digital assistant, Shark Chan. The former lets you jump into game mode for uninterrupted gameplay and optimizes your hardware while the latter is the equivalent of your Siri on iPhone, but with more anime characterization.
I really like the back design of the phone. The hexagonal rear camera unit looks sharp and there’s a triangular LED indicator underneath which is used to signal incoming calls, notifications and other prompts. Black Shark lets you customize the color, rhythm and behavior of the LED in the settings. These features are more aesthetic than functional, but they increase the cool factor of the Black Shark 4 Pro as a gaming phone.
For hardcore mobile gamers, you can also purchase a Black Shark Magnetic Cooler add-on to keep your phone from overheating during long hours of extreme gaming.
The cooler weighs 73g and is well designed to look like something out of a sci-fi movie. You attach it to the back of your Black Shark 4 Pro phone with a piece of adhesive magnetic foil which you can then easily stick and remove the cooler on.
Availability and prices
The Black Shark 4 Pro is now available at Black Shark Lazada and Shop store for S$999. It’s available in a single 12GB + 256GB configuration, and while it’s available in two colors, Shadow Black and Misty Grey, it’s only available in the latter at the moment. Each purchase of the phone comes with a free Black Shark Magnetic Cooler worth S$79.
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G|
|Display||6.67-inch AMOLED, 2400×1080 pixels, 144Hz refresh rate|
|RAM/Storage||8GB/128GB or 12GB/256GB|
|Cameras||64MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro and 20MP front camera|
|Battery||4,500mAh with 120W fast charging|
|Connectivity||3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac|
|Colors||Shadow Black, Misty Gray, Cosmos Black|
|Operating system||JoyUI on Android 11|