The Black Shark 4 and the Black Shark 4 Pro gaming phones were launched on 23 March 2021. They join the gaming smartphone market just weeks after its biggest gaming smartphone industry rivals, Asus and ZTE, launched their gaming phones. However, this time the company has reduced the size of the phone but fully compensated it with better hardware specs and extra items that come with the pro version. The design is also a completely new design and to be honest it looks much better compared to the previous Black Shark series gaming phones as seen from the images below.
Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro Prices
As the Black Shark 4 comes in 4 variants, therefore there are exactly 4 market prices. The following prices apply to the Black Shark 4 gaming phone at the time of writing this article;
- 6GB RAM + 128 GB – $383.90 (Rs 27,800)
- 8 GB RAM + 128 GB – $414.49 (Rs 30,000)
- 12 GB RAM + 128 GB – $460.59 (Rs 33,300)
- 12 GB RAM + 256 GB – $506 (Rs 36,600)
The Black Shark 4 Pro is slightly more expensive as it also includes better specs and extra features which will be discussed in the specifications section later. These are the prices of all 3 variants of the Black Shark 4 Pro at the time of writing this article;
- 8 GB RAM + 256 GB – $615 (Rs 44,400)
- 12 GB RAM + 256 GB – $690.99 (Rs 50,000)
- 16 GB RAM + 512 GB – $813.89 (Rs. 58,900)
Black Shark 4 Specifications/Features
The Black Shark 4 gaming phone sports a 6.67 Full HD+ Samsung E4 AMOLED screen with a 2.76 mm punch-hole cutout for a 20 MP selfie camera. This screen offers a 144 Hz screen refresh rate and a whopping 720 Hz multi-finger sampling rate. It has a 1300nits peak brightness level.
The phone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G chipset with the Adreno 650 GPU. It runs on Joy UI 12.5 OS with Android 11 skin which in the past has known to be buggy. It comes in 3 variants with the 12GB/256GB variant being the best of the lot. The other 2 are a 6GB/128GB variant and an 8GB/128GB variant.
The rear of the phone has a triple camera setup with a 48MP IMX582 main sensor, an 8 MP ultra-wide angle sensor, and a 5 MP macro sensor. A 4500 mAh battery powers the Black Shark 4 gaming phone with a 120W super fast charging capability via a USB Type-C 2.0 port. All this weighs just 210 g.
Other features on the gaming phone include Z-axis linear motor, Sandwich liquid cooling 3D cooling system 2.0, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, NFC, Physical pop-up gaming triggers, Wi-Fi 6, 3.5 mm headphone jack and 2D Face Unlock. Sensors onboard the Black Shark 4 are a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, a compass, and a barometer.
Black Shark 4 Pro Specifications/Features
From the image above, you can see that the Black Shark 4 features a different back cover design. It looks much cooler and aggressive which is a look I think most elite mobile gamers would go for. It sports a 6.67 inches Full HD+ Samsung E4 AMOLED screen with a 2.76 mm punch-hole cutout for a 20 MP selfie camera just like the base model (Black Shark 4). It has 1300 nits peak brightness, 144 Hz screen refresh rate, and a 720 Hz multi-finger sampling rate.
Unlike the base model, the Black Shark 4 Pro is powered by what is currently the fastest processor in the Android ecosystem, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 with an Adreno 660 GPU. It also runs on Joy UI 12.5 OS with Android 11 skin out of the box. For memory, it has 3 variants; 8GB/256GB, 12GB/256GB using UFS 3.1 storage, and the mega 12GB/512GB variant which uses the UFS 3.1 and the SSD disk array technology. With all this the Black Shark 4 Pro managed to score 867 578 points on AnTuTu benchmark.
The Black Shark 4 Pro is the first phone to feature a hybrid dual storage chip giving it an advantage over its rivals the ROG Phone 5 Pro and the Red Magic 6 Pro. The dual-storage chip system works by running the performance-intensive tasks with the Nvme SSD and less performance-intensive tasks on the UFS 3.1. This is much faster than UFS 3.1 but the battery consumption and the heat generated are higher therefore the need for the cooling black clip 2.
The rear camera has a total of 3 cameras with a 64 MP 65KGW3 main camera, an 8 MP ultrawide camera, and a 5 MP macro sensor. A 4500 mAh battery powers the gaming phone and it also supports a 120W fast charging capability just like the base model. The phone also has a Z-axis linear motor, Sandwich Liquid Cooling 3D Cooling System 2.0, and system dual speakers which surprisingly scored 81 points on the DXOMARK audio test.
Sensors onboard the Black Shark 4 Pro are a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity, and a barometer. It also ships with Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, GPS, NFC, physical pop-up gaming triggers, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. All this weighs only 220 g.
Black Shark Accessories
Alongside the Black Shark 4 gaming phone series, Black Shark launched 4 gaming accessories among them a cooling back clip 2 pro, a 2000 mAh mobile power bank, 3.5 mm in-ear gaming headset, and an armor thermal conductive protective shell in the images below.
Prices of the Black Shark accessories are as follows;
- 3.5 mm in-ear gaming headset standard edition – $22.86
- Ring iron edition – $38.21
- Cooling back clip 2 pro – $30.54
- 2000 mAh mobile power bank – $24.40
- Armor thermal conductive protective shell – $12.12
- Fluorescent protective shell – $5.99