The Black Shark 4 Pro actually has some stock Android firmware pretty solid speakers for a phone. It features loudspeakers on both the top and bottom of the phone for stereo sound.
Meanwhile, the Pale Grey offers a matte finish that is comfortable to hold and doesn’t look like it needs to be wiped down constantly. After spending a couple of weeks with the Black Shark 4, there are some things that the phone does really well, along with a few annoyances. However, as soon as you switch to 2x zoom (digital), the loss of quality is very noticeable.
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- There are a good number of games that now support 144FPS or uncapped FPS, though many of the more popular titles like Genshin Impact, Call of Duty Mobile and PUBG do not.
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If you’re wondering why I didn’t include any Night mode selfie samples, here’s the 411. None of the shots captured with the front camera in low-light amounted to anything.
The problem is that with the upgraded Snapdragon 888 Plus readily available and next-gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-equipped phones rolling out, the Snapdragon 888 chipset is starting to show its age. While it doesn’t make a difference right now, as developers lean into the extra power on offer from the latest chipsets, you may see a drop in performance. It’s handy for notifications when your phone is face-down on a table, but it doesn’t really benefit gamers – and it’s a fairly basic iteration compared to the lighting on the Asus ROG Phone 5S and
Red Magic 6S Pro. As for the 8MP ultra-wide and 5MP macro, photos taken were often lacking in detail and, oddly enough, less saturated than what the main lens produced. I will say that the ultra-wide did a decent job at preventing any lens distortion, making landscape photos appear more natural.
The maximum advertised brightness is 1300 nits, but this is only achieved at its peak. It is especially the coating at the back of the Black Shark 5 Pro that I really like. But it also seems to be “insulating”, a bit like the sheaths on a pair of pliers for the lack of a better example. I feel like it provides extra protection against overheating for the hands. The featured Snapdragon 870 5G works hard on the Black Shark 4, with most non-gaming apps running at 120 (except YouTube). There was nothing on the Play Store (game-wise) that the Black Shark 4 wasn’t able to run.