The back of the Black Shark 4 Pro is subtle in design, a shift from the schematics of traditional gaming phones. But for some reason, my SIM and credentials always goes back to a ROG Phone. I have used the first-generation ROG Phone as my daily driver, then went with ROG Phone 3 and while I didn’t… Do you even need a gaming phone when handsets like the iPhone 13 Pro Max or Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra are such capable pocket powerhouses? Asus thinks so, and the ROG Phone 6 is its latest attempt at giving you a smartphone by daylight, and handheld… The camera delivers good pictures, the speakers can even convey a bit of bass feeling and the smartphone is relatively light. The battery runtimes could be longer, but it is sufficient for everyday use.
Despite its “gaming focus” the Black Shark 4 is just the latest example of why. The phone offers an incredible value, along with solid cameras, near-flagship specs, and support for 120W fast charging. And that’s not even including the 144Hz AMOLED panel that is flat and looks fantastic. The first one, known as Constant temperature charging, adapts the charging power according to your usage pattern to preserve the health of the battery and avoid overheating. The second, Speed flash charging, allows you to recover all your battery life in 14 minutes by loading the watts without worrying about the health of your battery.
Software-wise, the Black Shark 4 Pro has something Xiaomi calls JoyUI, which is based on its main MIUI software, which in turn is based on Android 11. It’s not a bad operating system in general, but we did tend to miss the simplicity and elegance of the standard, stock version of Android. Xiaomi likes to pack a lot of features, settings and utilities in its OSes, and that’s evident again here. Still, the shutter speed is impressive and the phone does a good job of capturing color and detail. The HDR mode (that can work automatically based on the scene, if you want it to), is able to illuminate darker areas of images while keeping details in brighter areas. It’s not the best HDR processing we’ve ever seen, but it will do. There’s nothing too dramatic – or innovative – when it comes to the appearance of the Black Shark 4 Pro.
- Heating beyond the safe temperatures can kill the processor, and the battery can explode.
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- It is a dual SIM smartphone support Nano GSM SIM card, connectivity Option’s Include 3G 4G 5G GPS, Wi Fi, bluetooth etc. the device come with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage that can be expandable via SD card.
- On the left side, there’s nothing to speak of other than the volume rocker and the SIM card slot.
- When you can charge up a stock ROMs phone that quickly, the battery life isn’t quite so important.
There was nothing on the Play Store (game-wise) that the Black Shark 4 wasn’t able to run. I particularly enjoyed Call of Duty Mobile here as I was able to take advantage of the pop-up trigger buttons and setting them up to aim-down my sights and fire my gun. It felt like my phone was also a game controller and it was something that’s way better than air triggers that had no actuation and clickiness.