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(Update, April 28: The Black Shark 4’s local prices, offers, and freebies have been revealed!)
(Update, 12:55 p.m.: Philippine distributor Grimalkin has revealed that the Black Shark 4 will go up for preorder on the store it’s operating on Shopee, too. The prices will be announced on the 28th.)
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870-based Black Shark 4 will be available locally from April 28. It will be sold here with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and as much as 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Unfortunately, there are no signs that the Black Shark 4 Pro with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 under the hood will arrive here — at least officially.
In China, where the phones first launched, the Black Shark 4 series is priced as follows:
- Black Shark 4
- 6GB/128GB: ¥2,499 (around P18,646 or $383)
- 8GB/128GB: ¥2,699 (P20,139 or $414)
- 12GB/128GB: ¥2,999 (P22,377 or $460)
- 12GB/256GB: ¥3,299 (P24,616 or $506)
- Black Shark 4 Pro
- 8GB/256GB: ¥3,999 (P29,839 or $614)
- 12GB/256GB: ¥4,499 (P33,570 or $690)
- 16GB/512GB: ¥5,299 (P39,539 or $813)
It remains to be seen how much these different versions will fetch at local retail, as the prices we saw are just placeholders for now. However, do keep in mind that pricing for the Chinese market tends to be lower due to import taxes and other factors here.
As for the gaming phone itself, the latest iteration of Black Shark’s lineup features a 6.67-inch E4 AMOLED FHD+ screen from Samsung that supports a refresh rate up to 144Hz and touch sampling up to 720Hz, making it the most responsive display we’ve seen on a phone yet.
And like the Pro version, the standard Black Shark 4 includes pop-up physical shoulder buttons you can press while gaming in landscape mode. Xiaomi says these triggers can tell the difference between light and hard presses, and can even slide back into the sides of the phone when not in use to prevent accidental touches.
Impressively, the Black Shark 4’s 4,500mAh dual battery supports fast charging up to 120 watts, although you’ll need to buy a compatible rapid charger separately to take advantage of this feature. The power brick that ships with the gaming smartphone maxes out at 67 watts, which is still quick by modern standards.
On the imaging front, you get a triple rear system with a 48-megapixel main shooter and dedicated lenses for ultra wide and macro. The single selfie camera, on the other hand, is equipped with 20 megapixels.
Will you be getting the Black Shark 4 once it becomes available in the Philippines? Sound off in the comments below.
Black Shark 4 specs
- 6.67-inch E4 AMOLED display, FHD+ resolution (20:9), 144Hz refresh
- rate, 720Hz touch sampling, HDR10+
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 with 5G
- 6GB/8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM
- 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
- Triple 48-megapixel (main), 8-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel
- (macro) rear cameras
- 20-megapixel front camera
- Fingerprint sensor (under display)
- 4,500mAh dual battery with 120-watt USB-C fast charging
- Joy UI 12.5 based on Android 11
- Pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons
- Colors: Magic Black, Black, Silver
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