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- The spatialization of the sound is particularly good, which is very useful for hearing the footsteps of your opponents when playing a multiplayer game.
- If you can get over those shortcomings, the Black Shark 4 Pro may be the gaming phone for you.
- Xiaomi Black Shark 4 uses Qualcomm SM8250-AC Snapdragon 870 5G (7 nm) chipset, Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585) CPU, Adreno 650 GPU.
The 5MP macro camera is a real piece of work, which is probably why Xiaomi buried it deep within the camera app. Once you do find it, you’ll realize that your efforts were in vain. It is utterly useless and honestly, I don’t see the need to include it for any reason whatsoever. As you can see in the sample below, the Black Shark 4 Pro’s macro sensor fails to capture the finer details of my e-reader’s leather cover. The Black Shark 4 Pro has a dedicated Night mode for low-light scenes. A little bit of light goes a long way here, as you can see in the sample shots below.
At the front, we get a 20MP module for selfies and video calls. Lastly, connectivity options on the Black Shark 4 and Black Shark 4 Pro include Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The top hardware also deserves firmware files an excellent operating system.
As the resident expert on Windows, Senior Staff Writer Anyron’s main focus is PCs and laptops. Much of the rest of his time is split between smartphones, tablets and audio, with a particular focus on Android devices. The less we say about the 5Mp macro lens the better, partly because it took us so long to find the mode in the Camera app that it feels purposefully hidden by Black Shark. It performs about as well as most macro lenses on the market, and that’s to say it doesn’t work very well. It’ll be something you use once or twice, but no more than that. However, the key difference comes where the processor is concerned. While the Black Shark 4 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset, the standard Black Shark 4 steps down to the Snapdragon 870.
The Black Shark 4 Pro squeezes every last drop of potential out of last year’s components, pairing them with 120W charging and physical shoulder buttons, to make a decent budget gaming phone. But there are too many problems and an extremely creepy assistant app, to make it worthwhile. JOYUI 12.5 all the best features of MIUI 12.5 such as an app drawer, extensive theming options, customizable Always-On Display, floating windows, and privacy features that give you more control. You can switch between 60Hz, 90Hz, and 144Hz screen refresh rates and change the display’s color scheme and temperature manually.