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Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro official with 144Hz screens, SSD-based storage, 120W fast charging, and more

Black Shark has launched two new smartphones in China
Black Shark has launched two new smartphones in China (image via Black Shark)
The Black Shark 4 and Black shark 4 Pro gaming smartphones have been launched with interesting specifications. Key specs include a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 144Hz, a 4,500mAh battery that supports 120W fast charging, pop-up mechanical triggers and more. Black Shark says that the phones will be launched globally soon.
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Xiaomi subsidiary Black Shark has launched its new line of gaming smartphones, the Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro. Both phones come with some industry-first specifications for Android devices, such as an SSD for storage. Unlike other gaming smartphones released this year the Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro run different chipsets.

Both the Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro come with a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 144Hz, a touch sampling rate of 720Hz, peak brightness of 1,300 nits and 111% coverage of the DCI-P3 colour gamut. Black Shark claims that the display has a touch delay of 24ms. However, dynamic refresh-rate adjustment doesn't seem to be present, presumably due to the lack of a MEMC chip. The devices also come with two pop-up mechanical shoulder buttons that can be remapped to perform other tasks. Both smartphones draw power from a 4,500mAh battery that supports 120W fast charging. Black Shark claims that it is possible to charge the battery completely in fifteen minutes.

Moving on to the internals, the Black Shark 4 Pro runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, while the Black Shark Pro settles for a 'new' Snapdragon 870. Memory/storage capacities max out at 12GB/256GB for the Black Shark 4 and 16GB/512GB for the Pro version. The Black Shark 4 Pro is also the world's first-ever smartphone to run a solid-state drive. Renowned leaker Ice Universe posted the phone's AndroBench numbers, which showed Sequential Reads of 3,000MB/s and Sequential Writes of 1,158MB/s. Both phones also pack an impressive set of speakers, which recently put it on the top of DXOMarks smartphone audio list.

Both Black Shark 4 smartphones come with three rear camera modules. The Pro version has a 64MP primary sensor, which the non-Pro variant replaces with a 48MP counterpart. It is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 5MP macro lens. At the front, we get a 20MP module for selfies and video calls. Lastly, connectivity options on the Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Price and Availability

The base Black Shark 4 variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will retail at RMB 2,499 (US$383). Similarly, the Black Shark 4 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage costs RMB 3,999 (US$613). The phones will be available for pre-order in China starting March 26. A global launch is expected to follow suit soon. Black Shark has also launched two new accessories alongside the smartphones; a cooling dock called the Black Shark FunCooler 2 Pro and a pair of wired headphones, for some reason.

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Black Shark 4 rear (image via Black Shark)
Black Shark 4 rear (image via Black Shark)
Black Shark 4 front (image via Black Shark)
Black Shark 4 front (image via Black Shark)
Black Shark 4 SSD AndroBench (image via Ice Universe on Twitter)
Black Shark 4 SSD AndroBench (image via Ice Universe on Twitter)

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Anil Satyanarayana, 2021-03-23 (Update: 2021-03-23)