Review: Switch onto Pro with Black Shark 4 Pro 

The Black Shark 4 Pro is the latest gaming phone on the market, and with an E4 AMOLED display from Samsung for its gorgeous yet power-saving display, avid gamers are in for a treat. Additionally, they use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G.  

In terms of performance, the Black Shark 4 Pro tops the game. In the world of mobile gaming, Black Shark’s magnetic pop-up mechanical triggers set the gold standard. The magnetic pop-up triggers are lifted with a slight flick of the side-mounted buttons, as seen from the unboxing video too!

It can customise the right trigger to shoot, and the left trigger to aim. They work so well together and my team has never lost a match since I started to game with this phone. All credits go to their innovative magnet-lift technology, ultra-responsive shoulder triggers that appear like magic with a gentle press for precise, customisable control in competitive games. 

Arguably, one of the most important features of the gaming phone is also its battery life. The Black Shark 4 Pro charges 50% in under 5 minutes and 100% in under 15 minutes, which is extremely fast. The Black Shark 4 Pro has a super-capacity of 4500mAh battery with an ultra-fast 120W hypercharge. There was one night when I played the whole night outside with my friends, and by the end of the session, everyone was surprised I still had a considerable amount of battery left to call a cab home. 

With superior audio performance, it will always be immersed in my game. It actually brought me to another realm of reality. It is no wonder Black Shark 4 Pro’s audio ranks at the No. 1 in DXO audio ranking. Black Shark 4 Pro features dual-symmetrical linear stereo speakers, with high-power amplifiers and an oversized sound cavity, which provides best-in-class sound quality. Even while communicating with my friends in-game, my voice was clear with its 3 microphones with noise cancellation. The 3.5mm headphone jack remains at the bottom so you can enjoy the lossless music with your wired headphones.

With a 144Hz Refresh Rate with a 720Hz Touch Sampling Rate, it was a beast at handling high-performance games. A touch sampling rate of up to 720Hz gives Black Shark the industry’s lowest touch delay of just 8.3ms. It is the world’s first to carry out the dual press-sensitive display technology, and they call it Magic Press. This high-pressure-sensitivity display makes it easy to get precise movements for even the most competitive games. Whether you are looking through your 8x scope in a shooting game for that kill or dragging across the screen to cast a spell in a MOBA arena, Black Shark 4 Pro will more than keep up, and greatly enhance your stability and accuracy. 

Although the phone does heat up during intense gaming sessions, I was pleasantly surprised at the capabilities of its cooling system. They use a patented ‘sandwich’ liquid cooling system to dissipate heat, so I don’t have to be too concerned about the phone overheating.

Not forgetting its camera, the Black Shark 4 Pro has a triple camera setup and a sophisticated computing camera software optimisation. It features 60 FPS photography, 4K high-definition images, a super night scene mode, and electronic image stabilisation (EIS). 

Overall, I love both its aesthetics as well as functionality. The concept of a gaming phone is novel, and I wish more people would pick it up. With the RGB lighting effects, it creates better gaming vibes, and it can even show its charging status! The phone comes in 3 colourways: Shadow Black, Misty Grey, and Cosmos Black. 

Technical Specifications:

  • CPU Snapdragon 888
  • GPU Adreno 660
  • Storage 8GB+128GB, 12GB+256GB
  • Ram LPDDR5 6400MHz
  • Rear Camera 64MP, 0.7µm, f/1.79 (Main), 8MP, 1.12µm,  f/2.2, FF (Wide), 5MP, 1.12µm, f/2.4, AF(2cm-10cm) (Macro) 
  • Front Camera 20MP, f/2.45, 0.8µm 4in1
  • Connectivity Dual nano SIM Card, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax; 2.4G&5.0G, 2×2 mimo, MU MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, aptX & aptX HD & aptX Adaptive & LDAC audio transfer, NFC
  • Dimensions/ Weight 163.83mm x 76.35mm x 9.9mm, 220g

We say: 

The Black Shark 4 Pro has a clean aesthetic that delivers superior gaming experiences with its latest technology and elevates phone gaming with its unique magnetic trigger buttons.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Black Shark 4 Pro (128GB): S$849
Black Shark 4 Pro (256GB): S$999