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Xiaomi Black Shark 5 smartphone review - Gaming joy at an affordable price

This is how it gambles without a top-of-the-line SoC. As a cheaper gaming model, the Xiaomi Black Shark 5 comes with a fast but not a top processor. However, the 144 Hz screen of the Pro model remains. Is the Black Shark 5 too slow, or still a bargain for gamers?
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 (Black Shark Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G 8 x 2.4 - 3.2 GHz, Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Graphics adapter
Memory
12 GB 
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 
, 238 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: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
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 5.2, 2G, 3G, 4G (B1/​2/​3/​4/​5/​7/​8/​12/​13/​17/​20/​26/​28/​32/​34/​38/​39/​40/​41/​42/​43/​66), 5G (n1/​3/​5/7/​8/​28/​38/​41/​77/​78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.9 x 163.8 x 76.4 ( = 0.39 x 6.45 x 3.01 in)
Battery
4650 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 120 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix f/​1.79, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @2160p/​60fps (Camera 1); 13 MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 5 MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix Videos @1080p/​60fps
Additional features
Speakers: stereo speakers, charger, USB cable, SIM tool, bumper, 24 Months Warranty, ​multicoloured notification LED (rear), mechanical shoulder buttons, fanless
Weight
220 g ( = 7.76 oz / 0.49 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
649 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
84.9 %
08/2022
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
SD 870, Adreno 650
220 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
85.7 %
06/2022
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
220 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
86.3 %
07/2021
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
SD 870, Adreno 650
210 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
83.6 %
10/2021
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
220 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"2400x1080
85.3 %
02/2022
Motorola Moto G200 5G
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
202 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"2460x1080

Case and features - Rear notification LED

The Black Shark 5 is available for the price of a high-end phone, but it still offers many features of the higher-end model Black Shark 5 Pro with it. The model is available with the following amounts of memory:

  • Black Shark 5 - 8 GB RAM / 128 GB mass storage: 549 Euro
  • Black Shark 5 - 12 GB RAM / 256 GB mass storage: 649 Euro

We'll test the larger memory variant and see if it's worth it. Thanks to a 250 euro saving compared to the Black Shark 5 Pro (available at amazon.de for 899 euro) it might even be the cleverer choice for gamers.

The Black Shark 5 is available in gray and black and looks a bit more restrained than the Pro model: the back refracts the light and features a large brand lettering, and there is also, like on the Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro, a multicolor LED on the back that displays notifications. However, the smartphone's design is probably a bit too flashy for business meetings.

The quality is average: although there is a metal frame and a glass back, the case can be pressed a bit and makes noise. However, the phone feels good in the hand and has a clean finish.

You do not get IP certification, wireless charging, and only a USB 2.0 port even in the cheap model. NFC and Bluetooth 5.2 are on board, though.

Size comparison

169.86 mm / 6.69 inch 77.19 mm / 3.04 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 220 g0.485 lbs168.1 mm / 6.62 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 202 g0.4453 lbs163.8 mm / 6.45 inch 76.4 mm / 3.01 inch 10.4 mm / 0.4094 inch 210 g0.463 lbs163.8 mm / 6.45 inch 76.4 mm / 3.01 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 220 g0.485 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 - Triggers for games and everyday life

The shoulder buttons can be assigned with numerous functions.
The shoulder buttons can be assigned with numerous functions.

The phone supports Wi-Fi 6, but not Wi-Fi 6E, so it cannot access the less-used 6 GHz band. This has a slightly negative impact in terms of speed in our test with the AXE11000 router: the phone achieves typical speeds, but they are slightly lower and less stable when receiving data in comparison with the Black Shark 5 Pro, which supports WiFi 6E.

5G is supported, just so as many 4G frequencies, so you can also surf mobile abroad without problems. The reception is on a good level in our samples during the test, even indoors.

The in-house JoyUI is based on Android 12 and is equipped with a special design and some extra features for gamers: for example, you can adjust numerous settings for games in Shark Space. During our test, we get an update to the already somewhat older security patches from June 2022. You should expect a security update every three months, the manufacturer states 2 years as the update period.

One of the trademarks of the Black Shark phones is the mechanical triggers that can be extended and retracted via sliders. They can not only be used for gaming but are also beneficial for everyday smartphone use, for example, scrolling or launching apps. The controls can be freely assigned, but they always have the function of a shutter release in the camera app, for example.

The standby button is found on the casing's right and the fingerprint sensor is also integrated here. It unlocks the smartphone almost without delay and works reliably. Unlocking via a face scan is also possible, but it is only software-based and thus not quite as secure.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Wi-Fi 6E
1129 (1030min - 1155max) MBit/s ∼100%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
864 (759min - 906max) MBit/s ∼77%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
656 (613min - 676max) MBit/s ∼58%
iperf3 receive AX12
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Wi-Fi 6E
953 (717min - 1469max) MBit/s ∼100%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
836 (809min - 863max) MBit/s ∼88%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
811 (771min - 835max) MBit/s ∼85%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
931 (880min - 949max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
752 (676min - 828max) 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 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø751 (676-828)
; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø931 (880-949)

Cameras - No hybrid zoom

Photo from the front camera
Photo from the front camera

The main camera with 64 megapixels comes from Samsung and usually takes pictures with a quarter of the resolution, but with more light-sensitive, larger pixels. The color reproduction in dark areas suffers in case of large brightness differences in the picture. In addition, images are heavily blurred overall. Large areas look grainy when looking closer. In low light, the camera brightens up well and still shows some details.

The wide-angle camera can only be selected directly; there is no hybrid zoom. We like the distortion correction, but the picture has a clear blue cast overall and hardly shows any more details when zoomed in. There is also a low-resolution macro camera for extreme close-ups.

Videos with the camera system can be recorded at a maximum of 4K with 60 fps. If you want to shoot with the wide-angle lens, you have to select it before recording, because switching during recording is not supported. The autofocus responds quickly and without pumping, and the exposure adjustment also works well.

The manufacturer claims the front-facing camera to be 20 megapixels, but it is actually only a 16-megapixel sensor from Omnivision. It is possible to take decent selfies with it, but they could show a bit more detail in dark areas and also look a bit grainy in detail.

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 LightWeitwinkelkamera
ColorChecker
21.8 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
16.9 ∆E
23.1 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
16.3 ∆E
14 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
9.3 ∆E
9 ∆E
11 ∆E
15.8 ∆E
15.9 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
12 ∆E
17 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
14.5 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
1.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi Black Shark 5: 12.08 ∆E min: 1.2 - max: 23.05 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.6 ∆E
43 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
43.8 ∆E
60.7 ∆E
38.1 ∆E
31.7 ∆E
31 ∆E
28.6 ∆E
59.6 ∆E
59.6 ∆E
29.9 ∆E
43.2 ∆E
28.3 ∆E
57.1 ∆E
38.9 ∆E
41.4 ∆E
46.5 ∆E
50.6 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
35.4 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Xiaomi Black Shark 5: 39.54 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 60.68 ∆E

Display - PWM flickering could be a problem

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The screen is an AMOLED panel with 2400 x 1080 pixels resolution. The highlight is the high frame rate of up to 144 Hz. The screen proves to be sufficiently bright, but it hardly reaches higher values than 700 cd/m² even with a small measuring area. That is okay for outdoor use, but the brightness could be even higher for a better HDR experience.

The display of the Black Shark 5 yields very similar measurements as the one of the Black Shark 5 Pro so it seems to be the same panel.

There are only differences in the response times, but this will be due to our new oscilloscope, which records more accurate values. The PWM frequency is also higher, which seems to be due to a different control. There is no DC dimming mode to alleviate the PWM flickering.

652
cd/m²
654
cd/m²
644
cd/m²
643
cd/m²
649
cd/m²
638
cd/m²
649
cd/m²
647
cd/m²
641
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 654 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 646.3 cd/m² Minimum: 1.96 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 98 %
Center on Battery: 649 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.88 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.3
ΔE Greyscale 3.2 | 0.57-98 Ø5.5
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.215
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Super AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.80
Motorola Moto G200 5G
IPS LCD, 2460x1080, 6.80
Response Times
-227%
-284%
-54%
5328%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
1.8 ?(0.8, 1)
6 ?(3, 3)
-233%
11 ?(5, 6)
-511%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-33%
32 ?(15, 17)
-1678%
Response Time Black / White *
1.6 ?(0.8, 0.8)
8 ?(5, 3)
-400%
6 ?(3, 3)
-275%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-50%
28 ?(17, 11)
-1650%
PWM Frequency
460
235
-49%
162.3
-65%
90.6 ?(100)
-80%
89290
19311%
Screen
-6%
-14%
-27%
-6%
Brightness middle
649
642
-1%
676
4%
714
10%
512
-21%
Brightness
646
637
-1%
669
4%
705
9%
488
-24%
Brightness Distribution
98
96
-2%
98
0%
96
-2%
87
-11%
Black Level *
0.36
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.88
3.19
18%
5.77
-49%
5.9
-52%
3.42
12%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
7.58
7.12
6%
9.81
-29%
8.7
-15%
5.9
22%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.2
4.9
-53%
3.7
-16%
6.8
-113%
3.7
-16%
Gamma
2.215 99%
2.22 99%
1.959 112%
2.25 98%
7154 0%
CCT
7171 91%
7671 85%
6584 99%
7774 84%
1.944 334362%
Contrast
1422
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-117% / -79%
-149% / -104%
-41% / -36%
2661% / 1772%

* ... 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
1.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.8 ms rise
↘ 0.8 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 0.4 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (22.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.8 ms rise
↘ 1 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 0.25 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.2 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 460 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 460 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 460 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 19681 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

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

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 - Long-lasting fun

The Snapdragon 870 from Qualcomm was already used in the Black Shark 4. It is an upper-class SoC, but still, a level below the current top processors when it comes to performance, and the SoC is also a bit older. In our benchmarks, the processor's performance is slightly lower than in other gaming phones, the differences are sometimes around 20%.

In graphics-intensive applications, the Adreno 650 actually keeps up quite well, but 3DMark Wild Life shows that the graphics solution is not as future-proof as in other gaming phones.

The Black Shark 5 can achieve quite good rates in our gaming benchmarks, even though they fluctuate considerably in the fast shooter Armajet. In return, you get the possibility to use 90 fps in low settings in PUBG Mobile, which wasn't available on the Black Shark 5 Pro at the time of testing.

The storage controller is less convincing. The Black Shark 5 has to accept a drop in transfer speeds compared with the Pro model. The differences are so obvious that they also become visible in everyday use as slightly longer loading times of apps.

In return, the Black Shark 5 has to deal with much less heating than its more powerful brother. The case heats up noticeably under prolonged high load, but the waste heat remains within reasonable limits and should only become unpleasant in high ambient temperatures.

The stereo speakers are located on the phone's short edges and spread a good sound with deep mids and a quite rounded sound overall. If you want even better sound, you can connect headphones or speakers via USB-C or Bluetooth, whereby the latter can use all current aptX codecs.

The Black Shark 5 comes with a 4,650 mAh battery, which provides a decent runtime of 13 hours in our Wi-Fi test and can also last for a few hours during gaming. The phone can be charged with up to 120 watts via the included adapter. Thus, the battery needs a maximum of half an hour until it is completely full again.

Geekbench 5.4
Single-Core (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
980 Points ∼79%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1236 Points ∼100% +26%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1002 Points ∼81% +2%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1170 Points ∼95% +19%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1076 Points ∼87% +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (955 - 1046, n=14)
991 Points ∼80% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1885, n=268, last 2 years)
722 Points ∼58% -26%
Multi-Core (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
3133 Points ∼84%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3742 Points ∼100% +19%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
3394 Points ∼91% +8%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3644 Points ∼97% +16%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
3286 Points ∼88% +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (2725 - 4455, n=14)
3231 Points ∼86% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 5538, n=268, last 2 years)
2329 Points ∼62% -26%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
16001 Points ∼86%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12578 Points ∼68% -21%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
16054 Points ∼86% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
13127 Points ∼71% -18%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
18567 Points ∼100% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (10829 - 16054, n=13)
13115 Points ∼71% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=187, last 2 years)
10372 Points ∼56% -35%
3DMark
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
4374 Points ∼74%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
4351 Points ∼74% -1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5895 Points ∼100% +35%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5765 Points ∼98% +32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (4166 - 4374, n=14)
4263 Points ∼72% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=205, last 2 years)
3122 Points ∼53% -29%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
4317 Points ∼42%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
10238 Points ∼100% +137%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
4352 Points ∼43% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5875 Points ∼57% +36%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
5711 Points ∼56% +32%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (4152 - 4352, n=14)
4247 Points ∼41% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 12429, n=218, last 2 years)
3728 Points ∼36% -14%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
1254 Points ∼48%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2606 Points ∼100% +108%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1234 Points ∼47% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1543 Points ∼59% +23%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1564 Points ∼60% +25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (1203 - 1254, n=13)
1231 Points ∼47% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3383, n=179, last 2 years)
1079 Points ∼41% -14%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
1241 Points ∼49%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2534 Points ∼100% +104%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
1246 Points ∼49% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1509 Points ∼60% +22%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
1453 Points ∼57% +17%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (1195 - 1246, n=13)
1226 Points ∼48% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 3265, n=172, last 2 years)
1059 Points ∼42% -15%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
52 fps ∼98%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
43 fps ∼81% -17%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
53 fps ∼100% +2%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
51 fps ∼96% -2%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
42 fps ∼79% -19%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (32 - 54, n=14)
47.7 fps ∼90% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.7 - 104, n=262, last 2 years)
31.5 fps ∼59% -39%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
61 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
60 fps ∼98% -2%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
61 fps ∼100% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
61 fps ∼100% 0%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
39 fps ∼64% -36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (50 - 62, n=14)
58.6 fps ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 136, n=263, last 2 years)
38.5 fps ∼63% -37%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
34 fps ∼59%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
58 fps ∼100% +71%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
34 fps ∼59% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
31 fps ∼53% -9%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
33 fps ∼57% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (20 - 34, n=14)
30.1 fps ∼52% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3 - 86, n=264, last 2 years)
22.4 fps ∼39% -34%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 12288
22 fps ∼96%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
19 fps ∼83% -14%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Adreno 650, 6144
23 fps ∼100% +5%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
22 fps ∼96% 0%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 8192
19 fps ∼83% -14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
  (18 - 23, n=14)
21.9 fps ∼95% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 52, n=264, last 2 years)
14.8 fps ∼64% -33%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5Xiaomi Black Shark 5 ProXiaomi Black Shark 4Nubia RedMagic 6S ProMotorola Moto G200 5GAverage 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
83%
23%
22%
19%
36%
-20%
Sequential Read 256KB
1363.7
1945.4
43%
1663
22%
1607
18%
1898
39%
1783 ?(1330 - 2037, n=59)
31%
982 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=258, last 2 years)
-28%
Sequential Write 256KB
677.4
1485.2
119%
760
12%
765
13%
712
5%
1013 ?(452 - 1776, n=59)
50%
534 ?(11.9 - 1776, n=258, last 2 years)
-21%
Random Read 4KB
224.3
344.9
54%
283.1
26%
285.8
27%
155.9
-30%
268 ?(173.5 - 345, n=59)
19%
177.2 ?(13.5 - 390, n=258, last 2 years)
-21%
Random Write 4KB
197.5
424.8
115%
259.9
32%
254.9
29%
322.5
63%
285 ?(197.5 - 490, n=60)
44%
176.1 ?(30.3 - 503, n=259, last 2 years)
-11%

Gaming Benchmarks

PUBG Mobile
HD
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
60 (59min - 61max) fps ∼100% 0%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
60 fps ∼100% 0%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
60 (57min - 61max) fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
59.8 (57min, 58P1 - 61max) fps ∼100% 0%
Smooth
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
91 (87min - 91max) fps ∼100% +1%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
90 (75min - 90max) fps ∼99%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
60 fps ∼66% -33%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
59.8 (57min, 57.59P1 - 61max) fps ∼66% -34%
Armajet - Deathmatch, 4vs4, Magma, Bots only
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
56.9 (46min, 47.3P1 - 61max) fps ∼100% +9%
Motorola Moto G200 5G
56 fps ∼98% +8%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
52 (38min - 69max) fps ∼91%

Legend

 
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 650, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
 
Motorola Moto G200 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Armajet
Armajet

Temperature

Max. Load
 40.9 °C
106 F
41.7 °C
107 F
36.4 °C
98 F
 
 42.6 °C
109 F
41.8 °C
107 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
 42.7 °C
109 F
41.9 °C
107 F
36.6 °C
98 F
 
Maximum: 42.7 °C = 109 F
Average: 40.2 °C = 104 F
35.6 °C
96 F
39.5 °C
103 F
39.7 °C
103 F
36.4 °C
98 F
40 °C
104 F
41.3 °C
106 F
36.9 °C
98 F
41.2 °C
106 F
43.9 °C
111 F
Maximum: 43.9 °C = 111 F
Average: 39.4 °C = 103 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.6 °C = 109 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 40.2 °C / 104 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 42.7 °C / 109 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 43.9 °C / 111 F, compared to the average of 33.7 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31 °C / 88 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Heatmap Front
Heatmap Front
Heatmap Back side
Heatmap Back side

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.4372540.537.73127.329.84031.8305040.632.76325.224.38021.324.110018.933.312516.841.116020.2452001647.125018.252.63151454.94001359.750017.264.863017.968.380019.571.9100019.573.2125022.271.4160021.173.5200025.971.2250019.973.4315015.171.9400014.768.850001560.2630014.866.4800013.870.91000014.971.11250014.765.61600015.455.5SPL31.731.782.8N1.31.355.2median 16.8median 66.4Delta2.39.235.742.539.24130.933.133.739.93740.930.23421.423.819.922.114.628.712.539.29.9459.348.38.254.88.556.99.360.99.861.314.56811.473.710.371.69.368.39.270.410.668.511.766.211.464.512.165.912.670.612.87113.572.91464.714.453.323.881.20.549.8median 11.4median 64.72.19.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseXiaomi Black Shark 5Motorola Moto G200 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.4% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 82% 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, 55% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Motorola Moto G200 5G audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 16% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 75% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 43% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 49% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Motorola Moto G200 5G
5000 mAh
905 min ∼34% +16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (424 - 1953, n=266, last 2 years)
897 min ∼34% +15%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
5050 mAh
829 min ∼31% +6%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5
4650 mAh
781 min ∼30%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
4650 mAh
752 min ∼29% -4%
Xiaomi Black Shark 4
4500 mAh
710 min ∼27% -9%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
13h 01min

Pros

+ good gaming software
+ fast fingerprint sensor
+ bright screen
+ good battery runtimes and charging times
+ 90 Hz gaming possible
+ mechanical triggers

Cons

- PWM flickering
- short update promise
- no IP certification

Verdict - Often sufficient for gamers

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

The perspective of the Xiaomi Black Shark 5 is important: if you want an absolutely future-proof gaming phone that you can use for the current top games for years, then a smartphone with a faster SoC is recommended. If the demands are not quite as high and/or you want to replace the phone in the next few years anyway, then it is still completely sufficient for current mobile games.

In addition, there is great gaming software and mechanical triggers, which can also be cleverly integrated into the phone's overall operating concept in everyday use. The battery even lasts a bit longer than in the Black Shark 5 Pro but you have to do without the modern WiFi 6E. The phone's screen is on par with its more expensive brother, but there are slight drawbacks in the camera.

The Black Shark 5 is a low-priced gaming phone with mechanical triggers. It doesn't play in the top performance league but can fulfill higher demands.

If you invest the 250 euro surcharge for the Pro model, you will get even more performance, an even more unusual appearance, and a slightly better configuration.

The Xiaomi Black Shark 4 is also still available, for example at amazon.de. You can save a few Euros here, and it could be a good alternative thanks to the same SoC and even more restrained design. However, you should consider the shorter software update cycle.

Price and availability

The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 is available at the manufacturer's price of 549 Euros for the smaller storage version. You can either order it directly from the manufacturer's website or from amazon.de.

The storage variant with 256 GB mass storage and 12 GB RAM costs 100 Euros extra, it is also available at the manufacturer or at amazon.de.

Xiaomi Black Shark 5 - 08/30/2022 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
69 / 75 → 92%
Pointing Device
96%
Connectivity
48 / 70 → 69%
Weight
88%
Battery
90%
Display
88%
Games Performance
55 / 64 → 86%
Application Performance
80 / 86 → 93%
Temperature
86%
Noise
100%
Audio
75 / 90 → 83%
Camera
69%
Average
79%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Schmitt, 2022-08-11 (Update: 2022-08-11)