(99.76 / 100) - GENERAL USE

(85.16 / 100) - GAMING

(68.82 / 100) - PHOTOGRAPHY

(88.61 / 100) - TRAVEL

(100 / 100) - BUSINESS

(94 / 100) - MULTIMEDIA

(94 / 100) - EDUCATION

Xiaomi Black Shark 4 - 12GB 128GB

GENERAL USE - (99.76 / 100)

GAMING - (85.16 / 100)

PHOTOGRAPHY - (68.82 / 100)

TRAVEL - (88.61 / 100)

BUSINESS - (100 / 100)

MULTIMEDIA - (94 / 100)

EDUCATION - (94 / 100)

Screen Size

6.67"

Rear Camera and Selfie Front Camera

48 MP - Rear / 20 MP - Selfie

Internal Storage and Expandable

128GB INTERNAL

Battery

4500 mAh

Random Access Memory

12GB

Processor (CPU)

Snapdragon 870

Overall rating: 78.07 / 100

Introduction

Black Shark 4 was released on March 30, 2021 by Xiaomi and is available in the Philippines for Php 29,990.00.

It is equipped with 12 GB memory, a big 128 GB storage, and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 870 which is one of the best processors today.

It has a high resolution selfie camera and a triple rear camera.

It is one of Xiaomi's gaming phones with a decent price.

Usability

Let us see its pros and cons if it will fare in other uses.

Photography

Pros
  • Ultra Wide angle camera
  • HDR quality rear camera
  • Premium quality processing capability
Cons
  • Mid range quality rear camera and has no stability feature
  • No optical zoom feature
  • Video has no stability feature
  • Mid range quality selfie camera

The Black Shark 4 is equipped with three rear cameras. Starting from its main camera, it uses a wide camera sensor measuring 1/2.0" (inches) able to fit 48 million pixels with 0.8 micrometer size each (48 MP with 0.8µm size per pixel).

The main camera has PDAF autofocus but sadly, it does not have any stability feature that should help lessen blurriness from small shaking.

It is also equipped with a 8 MP ultrawide camera that can cover a wide angle up to 123 degrees.

It also has a macro camera that can help for taking macro (close up) shots.

The device camera quality is low for a premium phone due to it's not so premium main camera, no stability feature, and especially since it does not have telephoto feature for optical zooming capability.

It features LED flash, HDR quality photographs, and is capable of making panorama shots.

The device's rear camera can produce videos with 4K resolution at 30 fps (frames per second) or 60 fps and 1080p at 30 fps, 60 fps, or 240 fps.

It does not have a stability feature so taking video while walking might be shaky.

As for its selfie camera, its camera sensor can fit a 20 MP resolution image with a 0.8µm per pixel as its size which is a little bit small for a premium phone.

It also features an HDR quality front camera and can produce 1080p video resolution at 30 fps.

As for the image processing, it uses “Snapdragon 870” which is one of the highest quality processors available and can produce great quality shots as long as it is paired with a decent camera.

Gaming

Pros
  • Equipped with a very high quality processor for superb gaming performance
  • Wide gaming screen
  • Good enough battery
Cons
  • Battery is below 5000 mAh mark

The Black Shark 4 is equipped with 12 GB memory and 128 GB storage. It is powered with one of Qualcomm's best processors, “Snapdragon 870” sso with an Octa core CPU and Adreno 650 GPU.

With a very high quality processor it is equipped with, you can enjoy high graphics and gameplay of any games such as Genshin Impact, Asphalt 9: Legends, Ragnarok X: Next Gen and battle royale games like Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG with superb performance without lag or slowness.

The only enemy you might have when loading the huge maps will be your internet service provider.

This device has a 4500 mAh battery which is good enough for gaming.

It also has a wide 6.67 inches screen size, a very wide size even among premium phones which is sought after by gamers. Wider screen view helps to have a better view and control of the game.

Multimedia

Pros
  • Equipped with Super AMOLED for better brightness, vibrant colors and saturation
  • Wide screen
  • Very high display refresh rate
  • Supports HDR10+ video
  • With 24-bit/192kHz audio bit rate
  • Has 3.5mm jack
Cons
  • None

Phones usually categorized for multimedia usage are widely used for music and video streaming. So a good screen size and features, and a good speaker is a must.

Screen wise, the Black Shark 4 with a 6.67" wide screen size, watching series or movies will be great.

It uses a Super AMOLED screen which is one step higher than AMOLED. This can produce brighter, more vibrant and saturated colours and can adapt to various lighting environments.

It has a very high refresh rate of 144Hz (144 refresh per second) which will allow you to watch quick changing scenes movies and anime the best possible.

It supports video quality in HDR10+ format with up to 1300 nits video brightness at its peak.

As for audio, a stereo speaker is available and if you want to listen alone, a 35mm jack is available for wired earphones or headset.

It also has a 24-bit/192kHz audio bit rate which is typically a normal rate for the human ear. It can produce good sound quality for those who love listening to music.

Travel

Pros
  • High storage with USB OTG support
  • Extremely fast charging feature
  • Good enough battery capacity
  • Good enough rear main camera resolution
  • Good video resolution
Cons
  • Has no barometer
  • Main camera has no stability feature for taking pictures and video
  • Camera has no optical zooming feature

This is the most in-demand use of smartphones nowadays. Mostly everyone uses their smartphone on their life travels, be it summer getaway, mountain hiking, and many more adventures.

With these, app support for travelling is widespread from maps to online navigation.

For phones, devices with a good storage capacity, good network connection, and a long battery life is a must.

As for the Black Shark 4, it is equipped with a wide 128 GB storage.

Though it does not have an external memory card slot, it supports USB OTG feature as a backup.It uses 5G data network connection which is the best network available as of 2021.

It has a GPS feature to capture location even without data with a barometer installed which helps in getting altitude data for GPS use.

The phone is 210 grams which is on the heavy side of smartphones and raising it to take pictures for a long time might be sore if not used to doing exercise.

It has a good enough battery capacity of 4500 mAh for travels. But is it still recommended to bring a power bank just in case.

It features an extremely high 120W fast charging, which is good for intensive use of the device. Though frequent charging of a device will also deteriorate the battery quickly.

As for its camera, it has a decent camera resolution but since it does not have a stability feature, taking pictures while on the trip might be a bit disappointing.

It does not have an optical zooming feature as well so you can't enjoy taking shots on faraway subjects.

The same goes for taking video, even if it can take high quality videos, without stability features, expect a shaky video output.

Lastly, the device has a compass sensor that can help when travelling in a forest or mountain.

Work and Business

Pros
  • High processor, memory and storage capacity
  • Uses 5G network and supported 4G LTE as well
  • Equipped with fingerprint scanner for security
  • Decent front camera specs
Cons
  • Expensive if provided for employees which will only need it for communication

Having a premium phone used for work or business will be great but expensive. Specs wise, it will be above requirements.

Processing, memory, storage wise, the device is perfect for work needs.

Black Shark 4 for office employees in business is a luxury. Even if it is for employees that are required to take videos and pictures, this device will be a little bit expensive for a camera without an optical zooming and camera stability feature.

It is equipped with the best network available, 5G. Though since it is not fully supported yet in the Philippines, you can only enjoy its 4G LTE which is the highest supported network here.

It has features such as a fingerprint scanner that can provide an additional layer of security for the device.

Its front camera feature is on the decent enough for video conferences and any other video call.

Education

Pros
  • Great processing capability with high memory and storage capacity
  • Wide screen
  • Decent front camera
Cons
  • Expensive if dedicated for home learning only

The Black Shark 4 is expensive if bought only for educational purposes.

Though specs wise, it is equipped with above the requirements for home learning.

It has a very wide screen which is helpful for previewing school materials and attending video calls.

And with a decent quality front camera, video quality will be great.

General Use

Pros
  • Premium quality over all specs
Cons
  • Expensive if dedicated for general use only

Phones for general use are usually bought just for communicating, some social media access and some internet browsing.

All in all, it does not need to have high specs and having so is a bit luxurious.

Black Shark 4 is a premium phone with very high specs so buying this phone and not maximizing its usage would be a waste.

Though if you don't mind spending a little bit much and like to have a quality device, this device will never be a bad investment especially if you will only have this for general use.

Recommendation

The device is a highly recommended phone for gaming but as a premium camera phone, the device camera is not recommended.

If you want Xiaomi Black Shark 4, you can check our recommendations below on when and when not to buy the device.

Buy it if:
  • Gaming
    • Very high quality professional mobile gaming experience.
  • Photography
    • You like taking quality pictures but are patient enough in a very small case the image is a bit blurry or ready to use a tripod or any external way to make stable shots.
    • You don't mind not taking zoomed in pictures.
  • Multimedia
    • You like watching movies, series, anime etc. with great video quality.
  • Travel
    • You want a device with good memory and storage, and decent camera but is fine with shaky video output or fine with taking pictures again if in minimal case of it being blurry.
  • Work / Education / General Use
    • You need a phone for work, or phone for online class, or even only for daily basic communication, social media, and internet browsing and want a high quality specs for it even if it is expensive
Don't buy it if:
  • Gaming
    • You want 5000 mAh+ battery device
  • Photography
    • You want a higher quality camera for the price, with a great zooming feature, and stability feature.
  • Travel
    • You prefer having a phone camera with a better zooming feature and stability.
    • Better battery capacity
  • Business
    • You look for a device dedicated for your employees and is for communication purposes only. This device will be a bit expensive.
  • Education
    • You look for a device dedicated to online classes only. This device will be a bit expensive.
  • General Use
    • You want a device that will only be used for basic communication, social media, and internet browsing. This device will be a bit expensive.

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GENERAL

Model Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Variety 128GB 12GB - Snapdragon 870
Launch March 30, 2021
Colors Mirror Black, Pale Grey, Black, Blue, Silver

PROCESSOR

Chipset Snapdragon 870
CPU Octa-core (1x3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 585)
GPU Adreno 650

MEMORY

RAM 12GB
Storage 128GB
Storage Solution UFS 3.1
SD Card Slot No

SOFTWARE

OS Android 11, Joy UI 12.5

NETWORK

5G Tech 5G SA/NSA
Bands 1, 3, 8, 28, 41, 77, 78, 79
Speed
4G Tech LTE
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 - International, China
Speed LTE-A; 5G
3G Tech HSPA | EVDO
Bands HSDPA 800 / 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 | CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps
2G Tech GSM | CDMA
Bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 | CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA
Sim Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

STRUCTURE

Height 6.45" | 163.8 mm
Width 3.01" | 76.4 mm
Thickness 0.39" | 9.9 mm
Weight 210 g (7.41 oz)
Build Front
Back
Frame

SCREEN DISPLAY

Screen Size 6.67"
Screen Type Super AMOLED
Refresh Rate 144Hz
Brightness 1300 nits (peak)
Video Quality HDR10+
Resolution 1080 x 2400 px
Other Display Features Always-on display

BATTERY

Capacity 4500 mAh
Type Li-Po
Removable NO
Fast Charging Fast charging 120W, 100% in 17 min (advertised)

FRONT CAMERA

Main Resolution 20 MP
Aperture f/2.0
Focal Length
Sensor Size
Pixel Size 0.8µm
Autofocus
Feature HDR
Video 1080p@30fps

REAR CAMERA

Main Resolution 48 MP
Aperture f/1.8
Sensor Size 1/2.0"
Pixel Size 0.8µm
Autofocus PDAF
Ultrawide Resolution 8 MP
Aperture f/2.2
Focal Length 120 deg
Sensor Size 1/4.0"
Pixel Size 1.12µm
Macro Resolution 5 MP
Aperture f/2.4
Feature LED flash, HDR and panorama
Video Resolution 4K@30/60fps and 1080p@30/60/240fps

SPEAKER AND AUDIO

Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
Bit Rate 24-bit/192kHz audio

SENSOR

fingerprint Fingerprint (side-mounted)
Accelerometer Yes
Gyro Yes
Proximity Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer Yes
Face ID No
Color Spectrum No

CONNECTIVITY

WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth Version 5.2
Feature A2DP, LE, aptX HD and aptX Adaptive
GPS A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS and BDS
NFC Yes
Radio Yes
USB Version 2
Type USB Type-C
USB OTG No
Accessory Connector No
UWB support No

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