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Black Shark 4 series unleashed: AMOLED 144Hz, up to 16GB RAM, 120W charging

 Xiaomi’s gaming sub-brand Black Shark just unveiled the Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro yesterday, kicking off the year with the ambitious Black Shark 4 gaming series, a complete overhaul to last year’s Black Shark 3. These two phones are basically the same, however, there’s an exemption when it comes to processors, memory options, and the main camera.


The Black Shark 4 series is built around a 6.67-inch Full HD display in Samsung’s E4 AMOLED panel with refresh rate support for up to 144Hz, 720Hz multi-finger touch-sampling rate, HDR10+, and a peak brightness of 1300nits. 


It has a triple camera setup with 48MP f/1.8 acting as the primary (for the standard Black Shark 4) or 64MP f/1.8 (for the Black Shark 4 Pro), it has an 8MP ultra-wide camera as well as 5MP for the macro. On the front is a punch-hole housing the 20MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture. 


The Black Shark 4 is powered by the flagship Snapdragon 870 SoC, which is a higher, overclocked variant over the Snapdragon 865. While on the other hand is the flagship Snapdragon 888 processor powering the Black Shark 4 Pro, accompanied by up to 12GB of RAM for the standard Black Shark 4 and up to 16GB of RAM for the Pro version. The MicroSD slot is only limited to the Pro version which can be expanded for up to 512GB.


As for the storage, the Black Shark 4 has either 128GB or 256GB of onboard storage whereas the Pro version has 256GB or 512GB, and it’s the first device to support the SSD as disk storage. The series runs on the latest feature-rich JOYUI 12.1 based on Android 11 out-of-the-box that offers gaming optimizations and features.


Surprisingly, both devices are equipped with a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is very uncommon to be seen in the flagship category nowadays. It has a 5G connection along with support for Wi-Fi 6 for enhanced connectivity, other highlights include a liquid cooling system, shoulder mapped buttons for gaming and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.


The Black Shark 4 series carries a 4,500mAh battery with 120W support for fast-charging, two USB Type-C ports, which is a disappointment over the predecessor’s 4,700mAh and 5,000mAh batteries. 


The Black Shark 4 comes in four variants: the 6GB+128GB is priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly $384; ~Php18.6K), the 8GB+128GB is priced at CNY 2,699 (roughly $414; ~Php20.1K), the 12GB+128GB is priced at CNY 2,999 (roughly $460; ~Php22.4K), and lastly, the 12GB+256GB variant is priced at CNY 3,299 (roughly $506; ~Php24.6K).

Moreover, the Pro version comes in three options: the 8GB+256GB for CNY 3,999 (roughly $614, ~Php29.8K), the 12GB+256GB for CNY 4,499 (roughly $691, ~Php26.1K), and 16GB+512GB for CNY 5,299 (roughly $814, ~Php39.5K). 

The Black Shark 4 series is now available for pre-order in Chinese markets and will be going on sale soon. Keep tuned for more updates!

Via: XDA Developers, GadgetMatch