Review of the Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro Smart Phone

 Review of the Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro Smart Phone

Which smartphone to choose for gaming in 2022? What are the main requirements that this device must meet? Should I overpay for the purchase of a device from A-brands? Similar questions come to many people before buying a smartphone. We will try to answer these and some other questions in this review, using the example of Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro.

Packaging and scope of delivery

The smartphone is delivered in a relatively small cardboard box, made in black and green tones. The box does not carry almost any information, with the exception of a sticker that says Black Shark 4 Pro. On one of the side ends, on the box, there is a sticker with the proud inscription Hi-Res AUDIO. It is difficult to understand how sellers sort devices in their warehouse, because there is absolutely no information, even minimal, about the modification of the device on the box.

Inside the box, everything is packed very neatly. Immediately we are greeted by a small card cut out in the shape of a phone, on it are brief technical characteristics of the smartphone. Just below, a small box, inside which is a branded plastic case, stickers "Black Shark", a quick user guide and a paper clip. Just below is a smartphone, and even lower, in a plastic tray, there is a charger and a cable for charging the smartphone.

In general, the delivery package can be called very good, and, summing up all that is included in it:

  • Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro Smartphone;
  • Branded plastic case;
  • Charger with European plug 120W;
  • USB-A/USB-C Cable;
  • Paper clip;
  • Quick Start Guide;
  • "Black Shark" stickers.


The Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro smartphone has relatively small overall dimensions: 163.83 x 76.35 x 9.9 mm, and a weight of 220 g. The case is combined: the back cover is made of plastic, the frame around the perimeter of the smartphone is metal.

Almost the entire front surface is occupied by a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels, a refresh rate of up to 144 HZ, and HDR10+support. The display is sensitive to pressure. In the upper part is the camera module, which is located directly inside the display, just above is a stylish perforated plate, behind which the speaker is hidden

The bottom cover of the smartphone is made of glossy plastic, and, of course, perfectly collects fingerprints. In the upper part there is an island, on which there is a block of three cameras and an LED backlight-a flashlight. Just below is the notification indicator in the form of a triangle, and even lower is the logo of the company "Black Shark".

  1. On the upper end there is a perforated hole, behind which the dynamite is hidden, and next to it there is a small hole for removing excess pressure.
  2. On the lower end there is also a perforated hole, behind which the dynami is hidden, next to it there is a small hole for removing excess pressure, there is also a USB Type-C connector for connecting the charger cable, next to it is a classic mini-jack 3.5 mm.
  3. On the right side is the device's on/off button, which combines a fingerprint scanner. At the edges are Magic Press pop-up triggers, which are opened by shifting the metal buttons located near the triggers.
  4. On the left side there is a volume rocker and a tray for nano-SIM format SIM cards. You can't install memory cards. I would like to note that the location of the volume rocker is not very good (it requires getting used to), because it is located almost in the center.

In general, Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro is a classic candy bar with rounded edges.

Hardware component and testing

The most powerful Snapdragon 888 processor is responsible for the performance of the smartphone (Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is an eight-core chipset manufactured using a 5-nanometer process technology. It is based on the Kryo 680 Prime core (Cortex-X1) with a clock frequency of up to 2840 MHz, 3 Kryo 680 Gold cores (Cortex-A78) with a clock frequency of up to 2420 MHz and 4 Kryo 680 Silver cores (Cortex-A55) with a clock frequency of up to 1800 MHz), working in conjunction with the Adreno 660 graphics accelerator (Qualcomm Adreno 660 is an ARM graphics that is part of the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset 888. Announced API support: Vulkan 1.1, DirectX 12, OpenGL ES 3.2 and OpenCL 2.0 FP, moreover, the standard HDR10+ and Dolby Vision can be used for games and videos). The manufacturer promises that Qualcomm's Adreno 660 is 35% superior in performance to the previous Adreno 650 built into the Snapdragon 865. They are provided with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, the bandwidth of which can reach 6400 Mbit/s. Moreover, the device has 128 GB of internal UFS3. 1 memory on board, which provides high read/write speeds.

Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro is running the JOYUI12 operating system, which, according to the manufacturer, is specially designed for this smartphone, however, this is somewhat different, JOYUI12 is a classic MIUI12 based on Android 11, with a lot of innovations and additions, in the form of changed icons, a number of pre-installed programs, etc., while still the same, well-known and familiar MIUI12, with a huge amount of advertising, which, fortunately, can be disabled. Special thanks to the company's engineers, there are no third-party programs in this firmware, except for those that are necessary to reveal all the functionality of a gaming smartphone (proprietary software from Black Shark).

As you can see, the Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro smartphone shows excellent results and is among the top ten most powerful smartphones according to AnTuTu.

To get information about the stability of the device, as well as the battery discharge rate, the CPU Throttling Test was launched. Testing lasted for 15 minutes, during which time the smartphone showed a slight decrease in system performance, and this happened literally in the first 3-4 minutes of operation, then the picture was almost uniform. There were slight fluctuations, but overall the process was smooth. During testing, the smartphone consumed 16% of the battery charge, and it should be remembered that we are talking about 100% of the system load, in real conditions this load will be much lower.

We must not forget that the manufacturer promises us support for a UFS3.1 type drive, which means that the read/write speed in internal memory should be at a high level. In order to determine the speed characteristics, this indicator was tested.

Based on the information provided in the images above, we can say that Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro can fit into the top three smartphones with the fastest memory modules.

Further, the smartphone's performance was tested in the most demanding and productive games, such as PUBG Mobile, Call Of Duty and Genshin Impact. In the settings of each game, the graphics level was set to the maximum possible. Testing time in each of the games was half an hour, sometimes a little more. Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro coped with the task without much difficulty, while, if we take into account the games themselves, the FPS was approximately at the following levels::

At the end of the test, about an hour of continuous, maximum load, another very important test was performed – a test for heating the device case and its elements. With the help of a thermal imager, the place of the greatest heating and the temperature that did not exceed 45 ° C were determined, and this, by the way, is a very good result. At the same time, we do not forget that you can use additional coolers for gaming smartphones, which are purchased separately.

The Magnetic Pop-up Gen triggers deserve special attention and special thanks.2. These are two small buttons located at the corners of one of the side faces. They are opened by shifting the sliders. When triggers appear from the device case, by default, the sound track is configured. I would like to say right away that the user has the opportunity to either disable this track or set up a different sound scheme. Triggers move out of the housing by about 3 mm, and all actions with them are very informative. In shooters, they are indispensable assistants, because now there is no need to tap on the screen to aim or shoot. All taps are smooth and soft, and there is an excellent tactile response. In addition to using triggers in games, the manufacturer has provided opportunities to expand the basic functionality of buttons, allowing you to assign triggers to launch certain applications or functions, for example, start a flashlight, take a screenshot of the screen, start the process of freeing RAM, and much more.

There is no way to avoid branded chips that are designed for gamers. First of all, this is Shark Space. By launching this application, we get access to a kind of console that contains all the games that are installed on the smartphone (if you want, if the game was somehow not added automatically, you can add it to the list). After launching the app, access to the proprietary interface is blocked. Even after pressing the Home button, we get to the main screen of Shark Space. The application allows you to display information about the processor load, current temperature, prohibit incoming calls and messages, make sound settings, record, etc.To exit the application, you need to enter the main screen, press and hold the exit button. The disadvantages immediately include the lack of Russian localization.

In other words, the manufacturer guarantees us that each of the SIM cards can work in any of the available ranges.

As a WiFi module, Qualcomm QCA6490 is used, which supports WiFi 2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz, WiFi 6E (the latest standard for wireless networks from the WiFi Alliance, which is an improved modification of WiFi 6.The most important difference from regular WiFi 6 is that the device is capable of operating in the 6.0 GHz band), and the 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax standards. Moreover, there is support for 2x2 MIMO and MU MIMO. Actually, all this allows the smartphone to have a wireless data transfer rate of 3.5 Gbit/s. Of course, there is support for WIFI Display, WIFI Direct, WIFI hotspot.

Review of the Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro Smart Phone
Review of the Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro Smart Phone

Also in the smartphone there is an NFC module (thanks to which you can make contactless payments), there is a Bluetooth 5.0 module with support for codecs: aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive and LDAC. GPS/AGPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU/Galileo/QZSS modules are responsible for global positioning. If almost everyone knows the top five, then the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) is not familiar to everyone. QZSS is developed by Japanese engineers in the field of navigation. The error in determining the location of an object, thanks to the use of this system, is only a few centimeters. This system is a symbiosis of satellites in orbit and ground infrastructure, which ensures a smooth process of receiving and processing incoming information and signals.

For more comfortable operation, you can find a number of functions in the settings that allow you to customize the device for yourself.


The Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro smartphone has a triple camera, the main module of which is 64 MP (0.7 microns, F/1.79, 6P lens, Samsung s5kgw3 model), there is also an 8 MP (1.12 microns, F/2.2, FF, 5P lens, Sony imx355 model) ultra-wide angle camera module with a viewing angle of 119° and a macro lens module with a resolution of 5 MP (1.12 microns, F/2.4, AF (2 cm-10 cm), 3P lens, Samsung s5k5e9). The quality of the main camera module is quite enough to take high-quality photos of high detail. The macro lens allows you to take high-quality pictures of small objects. The front camera is equipped with a 20 MP module (F / 2.45, 0.8 microns 4in1, 5p lens, Samsung s5k3t2 model) with a 120°viewing angle. The quality of images taken with this camera can be called quite good, but it is not necessary to say that this is an excellent solution for selfie shooting.

The manufacturer says that numerous built-in filters and optimized software, combined with the high performance of the system as a whole, will allow you to achieve high results in photo and video shooting. Yes, it is worth mentioning here that in the camera settings, you can choose one of the templates intended for video bloggers. Using these templates can greatly simplify the video recording process and subsequent processing. Among the settings, you can also find the ability to record video in HDR, Time-lapse mode, and so on.

However, these are all lyrics. Let's see what a smartphone can do in real life. At the moment, the 64 MP camera is not so much, many manufacturers offer much more interesting solutions, but here you just need to make a reservation, because Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro is a gaming smartphone, not a camera phone.

You can say that the pictures are clear, bright, detailed, evenly sharp, etc., etc., but these are words that make it much better to get acquainted with the samples of photos taken on this smartphone, with different shooting modes. Photos taken with the main camera AI is enabled (the snow scene is automatically selected) / the main camera is in auto mode. The quality of videos can be called quite good. There is good image stabilization, colors are transmitted fairly reliably, and there are also no complaints about the quality of the microphone. In general, quite good shooting quality for a gaming smartphone.


The capacity of the built-in battery is 4500 mAh, the manufacturer says that the device uses a dual battery, thanks to which it was possible to achieve such a high charging power, at the level of 120 watts. Perhaps this is one of the most important features of the Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro smartphone. With a fairly ordinary battery capacity, the charging speed is simply amazing. The manufacturer promises that the smartphone charges up to 50% in just 5 minutes, and the full charge cycle takes less than 15 minutes. There are no difficulties to verify this statement.

Fully discharged smartphone (turned off during testing) it was connected to the original charger. During testing, it was revealed that the claimed charging speed is slightly slower than the actual one. So, for example, in 5 minutes the smartphone was charged up to 30%, and the full charge cycle was 21 minutes. Let the results are worse than the manufacturer promises, probably with subsequent tests they will approach the stated ones, but this does not negate the fact that charging a smartphone to 100% in just over 20 minutes is very fast. Even if you use your smartphone in the morning, after dropping off the battery for lunch, you can use the charger and replenish the charge to 100% in less than 20 minutes (it is assumed that initially the battery will not be discharged at 0). Once again, I want to repeat, this is very fast.

In the process of writing the review, the smartphone was discharged to 2%, while it remained turned on. A charger was connected to the device, and after 5 minutes the battery level was 48%, the smartphone was charged to 100% in 16 minutes. These results are already closer to the stated ones.

If you do not load your smartphone too much with games, then the battery charge will be enough for a day, or even more, while the manufacturer has provided various power saving modes, thanks to which, if necessary, you can extend the life of the device, in exchange for limited functionality and loss of performance

In general, with the autonomy of the Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro, everything is more than fine.

  • Dignities
  • Build Quality;
  • Scope of delivery;
  • UFS3.1 Memory Usage;
  • Powerful SoC configuration;
  • Excellent stereo speakers;
  • Autonomy;
  • Support 120W charging power;
  • Full charge cycle in the region of 20 minutes;
  • Proprietary software that optimizes your device's performance when playing games;
  • Extendable triggers;
  • Bright, rich, high-quality display with a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz;
  • High-quality fingerprint scanner.
  • Disadvantages
  • Incomplete Russification of the interface (we are talking about branded applications);
  • There is no way to install a memory card;
  • There is no eSIM support.


What is Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro? This is one of the most powerful gaming smartphones at the beginning of 2022, in comparison with competitors, it has a reasonable cost and a well-thought-out cooling system, so that even after an hour of playing, the case elements do not heat up above 45 degrees. Large 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a frequency of 144 HZ, HDR10 +, pressure-sensitive, modern Bluetooth 5.0 with support for APTX & APTX HD & APTX Adappient & LDAC Audio Transfer codecs, the presence of WiFi 6, capable of providing data transfer speeds up to 3.5 Gbit / s, the presence of a 5G module. And of course, we must not forget about the super-productive configuration: Snapdragon 888, Adreno 660, 12 GB (LPDDR5 6400 MHz), 128 GB (UFS3. 1). Perhaps this is one of the most worthy smartphones that will pull absolutely any games at the maximum graphics settings, and, if necessary, it can be charged in just 16 minutes. Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro is one of the best solutions for gamers.

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