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Xiaomi opens international pre-orders for the Black Shark 4

The Black Shark 4 is now up for pre-order. (Source: Black Shark)
The Black Shark 4 is now up for pre-order. (Source: Black Shark)
Xiaomi's premium gaming-phone brand Black Shark has announced that its 2021 vanilla flagship is now available to pre-order from its global web-site. Customers can get the Snapdragon 870-powered, up-to-120W-charging phone, which starts at US$499, with a case and a cooling accessory thrown in for a limited time.

The Black Shark 4 is the vanilla form of Xiaomi's high-end 2021 Android gaming smartphone. Unlike its predecessor, it runs on the sub-flagship Snapdragon 870 processor rather than the full-fat 888 flagship. Then again, it has the vast majority of its Pro sibling's advantages, its 120W fast-charging technology included.

Unlike the competing RedMagic 6 series, this feature is present in the international version of the Black Shark 4. Furthermore, its new sales page actually mentions a power brick in the box with the phone. This package is now available to pre-order from

The Black Shark 4 (Global Edition) is priced at US$499 for a base model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, whereas its 12GB RAM top-end SKU goes for $599. This gets the buyer a phone with a 144Hz refresh rate in a 6.67-inch display quite reminiscent of those in the flagship Redmi K40 line-up, tiny central punch-hole and all.

The JoyUI 12.5-based 4 also has triple cameras, magnetic pop-up shoulder buttons and a relatively understated rear panel made of plastic. However, this cost-saving compromise has helped the phone score wins in durability testing, especially compared to its rivals the ROG Phone 5 and Legion Phone Duel 2.

Black Shark has also announced that the first 100 customers to pre-order of its latest international variant will also get a FunCase and a FunCooler clip-on fan as free gifts.

Alternatively, the Black Shark 3 5G is still on Amazon


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04-28 (Update: 2021-04-28)