Xiaomi Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro Gaming Phones Launched With 120W Fast Charging and Low Price

The Xiaomi Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro have arrived as some of the cheapest, if not the cheapest gaming phones in the market. Starting at only $383 and $615, the two phones make little to no compromises when it comes to gaming performance and features.

The Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro are mostly the same phones, with the exception of chipsets and camera configurations.

Design and Display

The display is a 6.67-inch AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and 720Hz touch sampling rate, which is one of the highest seen on a smartphone yet. Xiaomi has also launched the “e-sports gaming gloves” alongside the Black Shark phones for the most competitive gamers.

The display resolution is 1080p and the fingerprint sensor is underneath the panel with support for fast unlocks. There are pressure-sensitive shoulder keys that can recognize both hard and light presses and a mode switch button on the right for different profiles. This is similar to OnePlus’s alert slider, but more gaming-oriented.

Internals and Storage

The base Black Shark is paired with the Snapdragon 870 SoC, while the Pro sibling gets the Snapdragon 888. Memory options go up to 16GB/512GB on the Pro, while the vanilla only goes up to 12GB/256GB. Both have LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1.

The latest version of JOYUI 12.5, based on Android 11 is designed to allocate as many sources to gaming as possible while keeping notifications quiet. It can also focus on reducing battery use when needed.

Xiaomi’s all-new RAMDISK feature is exclusive to the Pro model which lets the phone use the RAM as disk storage. This significantly boosts the performance of a particular game or app.


The horizontal triple camera setup is the same on the two phones, except the Pro model has a 64MP main sensor and the base model has 48MP. Both get an 8MP ultrawide unit as well as a 5MP auxiliary sensor. This camera setup can record 1080p videos at 960fps slow motion.

The centered punch-hole cameras are 20MP snappers.

Battery and Pricing

The 4,500 mAh battery (same for both phones) is split into two to enable 120W super fast charging. This technology is able to charge the phone from 0 to 100% in only 14 minutes.

The Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro have a starting price of $383 and $615 respectively and will be available next month.


 Black Shark 4  Black Shark 4 Pro
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
CPU Octa-core (1×3.2 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585) Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680
GPU Adreno 650 Adreno 660
OS Android 11, Joy UI 12.5 Android 11, Joy UI 12.5
Supported Networks 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, 5G
Display 6.67″ AMOLED, 1080 x 2400 pixels, 144Hz, HDR10+ 6.67″ AMOLED, 1080 x 2400 pixels, 144Hz, HDR10+
RAM 6GB, 8GB, 12GB 8GB, 12GB, 16GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Card Slot No No
Main Camera 48 MP, f/1.8, (wide)1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚ (ultrawide)1/4.0″, 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)AF
64 MP, f/1.8, (wide)1/1.97″, 0.7µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.2, 120˚ (ultrawide)1/4.0″, 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)AF
Front Camera 20MP 20MP
Fingerprint Sensor Side-mounted Side-mounted
Colors Magic Black, Black, Blue, Silver Black, Dark Blue, Silver
4,500 mAh, 120W fast charging 4,500 mAh, 120W fast charging
$383 $615