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Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro Smartphone Review - The best phone for gaming?

Trigger-happy. Xiaomi updates its gaming phone with a new look, faster SoC, slightly larger battery, and a new main camera. Is the Black Shark 5 Pro a recommendation for ambitious gamers?
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro (Black Shark Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 8 x 1.8 - 3 GHz, Cortex-X2 / A710 / A510 (Kryo) Waipio
Graphics adapter
Memory
12288 MB 
Display
6.67 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 395 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, 720Hz sampling rate, MEMC, glossy: yes, HDR, 144 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 240 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: audio via USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Gravity sensor, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.2, 2G, 3G, 4G (B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B18/B19/B20/B26/B28a/B34/B38/B39/B40/B41), 5G NR SA&NSA, Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.5 x 163.9 x 76.5 ( = 0.37 x 6.45 x 3.01 in)
Battery
4650 mAh Lithium-Ion, dual cell, 120 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 108 MPix f/​1.75, phase comparison-AF, dual LED-flash, Videos @2160p/​60fps (Camera 1); 8 MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 5 MP, f/​2.4, contrast-AF, macro lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 20 MPix Videos @1080p/​30fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB-C cable, SIM tool, bumper, 24 Months Warranty, notification LED (rear/​multicoloured), shoulder buttons (mechanical), fanless
Weight
220 g ( = 7.76 oz / 0.49 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
899 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
85.4 %
06/2022
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
220 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
86 %
07/2021
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
SD 870, Adreno 650
210 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
88.5 %
12/2021
Asus ROG Phone 5s
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
238 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.78"2448x1080
84.7 %
03/2022
Nubia RedMagic 7
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
226 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"2400x1080

Case and equipment: Could be of higher quality

Xiaomi was a pioneer in gaming phones when it launched its first Black Shark-branded phone a few years ago. The 5th generation of the Pro model once again has a lot of what you would expect from a gaming phone on paper and, at €799 (~US$799), it is already much cheaper than the competition such as the Asus ROG Phone 5s.

Specifically, the Black Shark 5 Pro is available in the following variants:

  • Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro 8 GB RAM / 128 GB mass storage: €799
  • Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro 12 GB RAM / 256 GB mass storage: €899
  • Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro 16 GB RAM / 256 GB mass storage: €999

Unfortunately, the most expensive variant was hardly available at the time of testing, and a pure RAM upgrade alone for €100 is unlikely to be worthwhile for most users.

White and black color options are available, but the Pro model traditionally has a bolder design than the Black Shark 5 that features a matte coating on the back with lines that resemble circuit diagrams or futuristic markings on machines. The smartphone feels good in the hand, but only looks average overall and can be easily dented in the center of the back.

There is still no IP certification and the USB-C port is only connected according to the USB 2.0 standard internally, which results in slow data transfers. However, NFC and Bluetooth 5.2 are onboard.

Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro

Size comparision

172.83 mm / 6.8 inch 77.25 mm / 3.04 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 238 g0.525 lbs170.57 mm / 6.72 inch 78.33 mm / 3.08 inch 9.5 mm / 0.374 inch 226 g0.4982 lbs163.8 mm / 6.45 inch 76.4 mm / 3.01 inch 10.4 mm / 0.4094 inch 210 g0.463 lbs163.9 mm / 6.45 inch 76.5 mm / 3.01 inch 9.5 mm / 0.374 inch 220 g0.485 lbs

Communication, software, and operation: No timely security updates

The Black Shark 5 Pro features Wi-Fi 6 and is even a bit faster than its predecessor. 5G is also included along with support for so many 4G frequencies that you can easily access mobile Internet when traveling to most places.

The Black Shark 5 Pro uses JoyUI 13, which is based on Android 12. The security updates are from March 2022 at the time of testing and thus urgently need an update. "Every few months for two years" is the manufacturer's update philosophy when asked.

Two magnetic triggers on the long side, which can be folded out mechanically, are included. Of course, they are primarily intended as shoulder buttons and can be assigned functions in many games. They can also be used as additional buttons during everyday smartphone use. Xiaomi has come up with a few functions, but not all of them are described in a way that you would understand when you first read them. The only recourse is to try and figure them out yourself.

The fingerprint sensor is located on the casing's right in the standby button. It unlocks the device with minimal delay and reliably detects our finger. Unlocking via face recognition is also possible, but only in 2D. This is obviously more insecure and should not be used for security unlocking, for example in banking apps.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Wi-Fi 6E
853 (437min - 891max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
656 (613min - 676max) MBit/s ∼77%
iperf3 receive AX12
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Wi-Fi 6E
839 (794min - 888max) MBit/s ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
811 (771min - 835max) MBit/s ∼97%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Nubia RedMagic 7
Wi-Fi 6E
227 (74min - 399max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Nubia RedMagic 7
Wi-Fi 6E
717 (608min - 815max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
853 (785min - 906max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
943 (893min - 950max) MBit/s ∼100%
050100150200250300350400450500550600650700750800850900Tooltip
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø853 (785-906)
; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø943 (893-950)

Cameras: Black Shark 5 Pro offers good image quality

Recording front camera
Recording front camera

Thanks to the new 108 MP main camera in the Black Shark 5 Pro, photos are recorded with a resolution of 27 MP by default. This is because the camera uses pixel binning for a higher light yield, but it can also use the full resolution if desired.

The photos look a bit blurred, but we actually like the brightening quite a bit. Pictures turn out well with good details and sharpness, especially in low light and high contrasts. As in the predecessor, a wide-angle lens and a macro lens are also available. These do a decent job, but the pictures are hardly usable outside of the phone's display due to the relatively low level of detail. The software does not allow multi-stage zooming between the wide-angle and main lens, but only direct switching.

Videos can be recorded at a maximum of 4K resolution and at 60 fps with the main camera. The brightness adjustment and autofocus react very quickly and appropriately for the light situation, so it is possible to create good video recordings.

The front-facing 20 MP camera takes decent selfies that can be enlarged a bit without too much quality loss.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Hauptkamera BlumeHauptkamera UmgebungHauptkamera Low Light
ColorChecker
16.8 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
19.4 ∆E
12 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
12.6 ∆E
12.9 ∆E
11 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
9 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro: 9.87 ∆E min: 1.4 - max: 19.37 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.6 ∆E
48.3 ∆E
36.8 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
42 ∆E
57 ∆E
46.5 ∆E
30.9 ∆E
34.9 ∆E
27.3 ∆E
57 ∆E
58.8 ∆E
27.7 ∆E
41.6 ∆E
29.8 ∆E
64 ∆E
38.3 ∆E
39.7 ∆E
63.7 ∆E
64 ∆E
48 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro: 41.31 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 64.04 ∆E

Display: AMOLED with 144 Hz

Subpixel recording
Subpixel recording

The display seems to be the same panel as in the predecessor Black Shark 4. The measured values deviate slightly here and there, but that might be due to the new SoC and the modified software.

Furthermore, the AMOLED screen has an expanded Full HD resolution and can get relatively bright when desired. However, we cannot measure the 1,300 nits that Xiaomi specifies as the maximum brightness with our spectrophotometer, even with a small illuminated display area.

640
cd/m²
637
cd/m²
622
cd/m²
639
cd/m²
642
cd/m²
633
cd/m²
635
cd/m²
645
cd/m²
638
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 645 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 636.8 cd/m² Minimum: 2.5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 96 %
Center on Battery: 642 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.19 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 4.9 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
96.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.22
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Asus ROG Phone 5s
AMOLED, 2448x1080, 6.78
Nubia RedMagic 7
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.80
Response Times
-30%
92%
127%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
6 ?(3, 3)
11 ?(5, 6)
-83%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
60%
0.912 ?(0.452, 0.461)
85%
Response Time Black / White *
8 ?(5, 3)
6 ?(3, 3)
25%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
70%
1.038 ?(0.521, 0.518)
87%
PWM Frequency
235
162.3
-31%
575 ?(73)
145%
729
210%
Screen
-14%
36%
1%
Brightness middle
642
676
5%
749
17%
683
6%
Brightness
637
669
5%
750
18%
685
8%
Brightness Distribution
96
98
2%
97
1%
95
-1%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.19
5.77
-81%
1.4
56%
3.6
-13%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.12
9.81
-38%
2.8
61%
6.7
6%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.9
3.7
24%
1.8
63%
5
-2%
Gamma
2.22 99%
1.959 112%
2.29 96%
2.14 103%
CCT
7671 85%
6584 99%
6602 98%
7537 86%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-22% / -19%
64% / 55%
64% / 43%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows fast response rates in our tests and should be suited for gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 11 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 3 ms rise
↘ 3 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 8 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.8 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 235 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 235 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 235 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21792 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

PWM frequency
PWM frequency
0% Brightness
0% Brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

PWM measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN color space sRGB
CalMAN Saturation
CalMAN Saturation

Performance, emissions, and battery life: Heating issues abound

The manufacturer relies on the modern Snapdragon 8 Gen. 1 SoC as the high-end chipset of choice. In fact, the Black Shark 5 Pro is superior to its predecessor by 10-20% in terms of performance in our benchmarks. Availability of fast memory also ensures a smooth system.

However, the Black Shark 5 Pro cannot always surpass its rivals with older chipsets in terms of graphics performance. This might be due to the fact that the SoC heats up a lot and thus probably has to throttle quickly in order not to overheat.

This probably explains why more than 60 fps was not attainable in the games we tested, even when the "Ludicrous" performance mode is enabled in "Shark Space". By the way, Black Shark recommends a separately available cooler for this performance mode, which is placed centrally on the device.

The stereo speakers on the phone's edges can get very loud if desired and spread a good mood when gaming or listening to music. This is ensured by the decent low mids — only really bass-emphasized parts sound a bit flat. There is no 3.5 mm audio jack, but USB-C or Bluetooth can be used to connect headphones. The smartphone also communicates wirelessly via all currently available aptX codecs.

The battery has is a bit more enduring this time with 4,650 mAh capacity and charges at a very fast 120 W. In contrast to the Black Shark 4, a suitable 120 W charger is included this time, which reduces the charging time to just under 30 minutes. The smartphone also lasts a bit longer than its predecessor. It is obvious that the Black Shark 5 Pro is designed for performance rather than battery life, but 12:32 hours in our Wi-Fi test is still a good endurance.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1236 Points ∼99%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1002 Points ∼81% -19%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1156 Points ∼93% -6%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
1244 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1182 - 1298, n=15)
1233 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=253, last 2 years)
673 Points ∼54% -46%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3742 Points ∼98%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3394 Points ∼89% -9%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
3668 Points ∼96% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
3813 Points ∼100% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (3269 - 3839, n=15)
3557 Points ∼93% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=253, last 2 years)
2201 Points ∼58% -41%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12578 Points ∼76%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
16054 Points ∼97% +28%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
16592 Points ∼100% +32%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
13295 Points ∼80% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (12144 - 17025, n=15)
13714 Points ∼83% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=148, last 2 years)
10178 Points ∼61% -19%
3DMark
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
10238 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
4352 Points ∼43% -57%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5824 Points ∼57% -43%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
10185 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (6483 - 10412, n=15)
9672 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 11700, n=185, last 2 years)
3377 Points ∼33% -67%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2606 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1234 Points ∼47% -53%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1538 Points ∼59% -41%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
2604 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1629 - 2639, n=14)
2470 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3080, n=140, last 2 years)
984 Points ∼38% -62%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2534 Points ∼99%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1246 Points ∼49% -51%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1532 Points ∼60% -40%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
2549 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1567 - 2585, n=15)
2424 Points ∼95% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=136, last 2 years)
971 Points ∼38% -62%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
43 fps ∼48%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
53 fps ∼60% +23%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
65 fps ∼73% +51%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
89 fps ∼100% +107%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (39 - 98, n=14)
60.5 fps ∼68% +41%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 98, n=249, last 2 years)
28.8 fps ∼32% -33%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
60 fps ∼49%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
61 fps ∼50% +2%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
81 fps ∼66% +35%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
123 fps ∼100% +105%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (60 - 131, n=16)
100.6 fps ∼82% +68%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 123, n=250, last 2 years)
34.1 fps ∼28% -43%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
58 fps ∼97%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
34 fps ∼57% -41%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
41 fps ∼68% -29%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
60 fps ∼100% +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (27 - 69, n=14)
45.4 fps ∼76% -22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 69, n=250, last 2 years)
19.9 fps ∼33% -66%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
19 fps ∼40%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
23 fps ∼49% +21%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
30 fps ∼64% +58%
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
47 fps ∼100% +147%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (19 - 49, n=16)
39.1 fps ∼83% +106%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 47, n=250, last 2 years)
13 fps ∼28% -32%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 ProXiaomi Black Shark 4Asus ROG Phone 5sNubia RedMagic 7Average 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-30%
-23%
-17%
-26%
-59%
Sequential Read 256KB
1945.4
1663
-15%
1972
1%
1750
-10%
1781 ?(1330 - 2037, n=47)
-8%
934 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=246, last 2 years)
-52%
Sequential Write 256KB
1485.2
760
-49%
770
-48%
1260
-15%
954 ?(452 - 1559, n=47)
-36%
474 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=246, last 2 years)
-68%
Random Read 4KB
344.9
283.1
-18%
297.8
-14%
306.2
-11%
265 ?(181 - 345, n=47)
-23%
167.1 ?(13.5 - 345, n=246, last 2 years)
-52%
Random Write 4KB
424.8
259.9
-39%
287.2
-32%
282.5
-33%
274 ?(218 - 458, n=48)
-35%
160.5 ?(56.5 - 458, n=247, last 2 years)
-62%

Gaming Benchmarks

Armajet - Deathmatch, 4vs4, Magma, Bots only
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
56.9 (46min, 47.3P1 - 61max) fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 (28min - 31max) fps ∼53% -47%
PUBG Mobile
Smooth
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59.8 (57min, 57.59P1 - 61max) fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 (26min - 31max) fps ∼50% -50%
HD
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G Snapdragon
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
59.8 (57min, 58P1 - 61max) fps ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S22
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 (20min - 31max) fps ∼50% -50%
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
Xclipse 920, Exynos 2200, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
30 (28min - 31max) fps ∼50% -50%
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Armajet
Armajet

Temperature

Max. Load
 44.8 °C
113 F
44.2 °C
112 F
40.1 °C
104 F
 
 46 °C
115 F
45.4 °C
114 F
40.1 °C
104 F
 
 46 °C
115 F
45.5 °C
114 F
40.5 °C
105 F
 
Maximum: 46 °C = 115 F
Average: 43.6 °C = 110 F
34.3 °C
94 F
42.6 °C
109 F
41.7 °C
107 F
37.9 °C
100 F
44.6 °C
112 F
45.1 °C
113 F
37.8 °C
100 F
43.9 °C
111 F
48.1 °C
119 F
Maximum: 48.1 °C = 119 F
Average: 41.8 °C = 107 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.2 °C = 106 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 43.6 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 46 °C / 115 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 48.1 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.3 °C / 78 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Back
Heatmap Back

Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.242.12533.9393127304032.428.15036326330.928.38019.429.510019.939.112515.544.616015.949.920012.350.325012.955.731512.957.44009.960.250010.266.363013.468.68001773.8100014.275.5125012.877160011.776.6200010.276.4250011.676.13150137340001574.350001673.9630014.669.6800015.270.81000015.970.91250016.368.31600016.652.7SPL26.286.2N0.765.9median 14.2median 69.6Delta1.99.33534.23035.521.935.222.832.734.840.324.336.623.237.527.843.414.743.220.952.321.251.517.556.113.460.314.162.213.168.411.573.113.175.211.779.111.879.51380.812.181.712.181.912.382.912.579.91381.613.279.61371.413.767.213.563.314.26125.191.80.789.1median 13.1median 71.41.111.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseXiaomi Black Shark 5 ProNubia RedMagic 7
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 94% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 24% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 71% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Nubia RedMagic 7 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.6% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 81% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 38% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
4650 mAh
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
4500 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 5s
6000 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 7
4500 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
752
710
-6%
734
-2%
667
-11%
907 ?(438 - 1953, n=254, last 2 years)
21%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
12h 32min

Pros

+ very fast loading
+ fast memory
+ reliable and fast WLAN
+ extensive gaming software
+ good speaker sound
+ Shoulder buttons for gaming and everyday use

Cons

- Functions partly poorly explained
- strong heating
- maximum 60 fps in many games
- Case without IP certification
- short update period

Verdict: Great gaming features but rarely more than 60 fps

In review: Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro. Test device provided by Black Shark.
In review: Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro. Test device provided by Black Shark.

Compared with the predecessor generation, the Black Shark 5 Pro looks to be a hesitant upgrade with a new outfit, upgraded processor, and a slightly higher-resolution camera. In everyday use, we are happy about the fast storage, the reliable fingerprint sensor, the good stereo speakers, and fast Wi-Fi. The in-house gaming mode "Shark Space" offers a huge variety of settings for every game.

What we are less enthusiastic about is the tendency for strong heating under load, which also leads to performance losses. The optional fan can be used to counteract this a bit. In many areas, the Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro is a pretty average upper-range smartphone. The casing stability could be better, especially for such an expensive phone. An IP certification would also be good to have.

The Black Shark 5 Pro is a fast gaming phone, but it cannot always show its strengths.

Not only gamers but regular users too will be interested in the triggers, which can also be mapped for everyday navigation through the system. In terms of software, however, the manufacturer needs to clarify how some points are to be understood — a more regular update cadence would be nice for such an expensive phone. Furthermore, in-game support for the 144 Hz display is still quite rare.

Features like wireless charging are missing in the competitor Asus ROG Phone 5s, but that phone has very powerful speakers and offers a lot of performance. The Nubia RedMagic 7 also offers additional keys but as touch buttons.

Price and availability

The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro is available directly from the manufacturer starting at €799. The Black Shark 5 Pro is also available on amazon.de as well. The devices are available at the same prices with Amazon shipping.

Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro - 06/14/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
69 / 75 → 92%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
48 / 70 → 69%
Weight
88%
Battery
89%
Display
85%
Games Performance
60 / 64 → 94%
Application Performance
84 / 86 → 98%
Temperature
85%
Noise
100%
Audio
76 / 90 → 84%
Camera
71%
Average
80%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro Smartphone Review - The best phone for gaming?
Florian Schmitt, 2022-06-18 (Update: 2022-06-18)