A new addition to the growing gaming smartphone market.
We’ve seen a lot of new gaming smartphones being released over the last few weeks, including the Asus ROG Phone 5 and the RedMagic 6. The common thing about these smartphones is the touch-based shoulder buttons that aid in gameplay, but Xiaomi’s new Black Shark 4 is using physical buttons instead.
The physical triggers are available on the Black Shark 4 and the Black Shark 4 Pro, where the triggers can also sense the difference between a soft and hard press. To prevent accidental touches, you also have the option to lock the triggers in place.
Design-wise, it mostly resembles much like every other gaming smartphone, from the edge prints to the RGB light at its back. But will, in fact, have some of the best hardware features you will find on a gaming smartphone. Both models of the Black Shark 4 will have a Samsung-made 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 144Hz refresh rate and a crazy 720Hz touch sampling rate – the highest one we’ve seen on a smartphone.
There’s also a 4,500 mAh battery on both, which can be charged using Xiaomi’s crazy 120W fast charging technology. This means that it can fill up the battery from zero to a hundred percent in less than 15 minutes.
The Black Shark 4 Pro will utilize the power of the Snapdragon 888 SoC while the Black Shark 4 will use the Snapdragon 870. There’s also a special RAMDISK that enables the smartphone to use the RAM like traditional storage which in turn could improve app performance. There’s also 8GB/12GB RAM options and up to 256GB of storage for the Black Shark 4, and a whopping 16GB and 512GB option for the Black Shark 4 Pro.
Xiaomi will release the Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro in China first, costing 2,499 yuan (1,406 AED) and 3,999 yuan (2,250 AED) respectively. No word on an international release, but details should be available soon.