I took them on walks and comfortably used them in the studio. The buds themselves hit about 6 hours of battery life alone and 28 hours with the charging case.
- For just over RM 2,299, it’s a good gaming phone with an abundant of accesorries and attachments to build a great gaming experience.
- The frequency of 162.3 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.
- Having highly responsive physical buttons helped transform me from one of the worst at mobile shooters, to crushing the leaderboards.
- For shooters especially, being able to map your triggers to aiming down and the other to firing, makes you much more competitive.
- The Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro were officially unveiled at an online event on 23 March.
In just two days, we quickly ranked up in games like Call of Duty Mobile, where we reached the master tier. We weren’t just playing better, we were outperforming everyone else. Coming from someone who doesn’t generally do all that well at shooters, that’s saying something. I used to be pretty skeptical about gaming phones, and for the most part, still am. It’s not the most impressive gaming-focused feature stock ROMs though; that award goes to the magnetic pop-up triggers, found on the right-side of the smartphone (or the top left and right when gaming horizontally). Hidden when not in use, the triggers simply pop out by flipping the switches that sit next to each, providing a more console-esque gaming experience without the need to carry around accessories.
If you’re more focused on the core gaming experience than the specs, the Black Shark 4 Pro is still a tempting option. It also allows for game macros – something not found on most gaming phones – that allow you to trigger repetitive actions with a single tap of a button, further aligning the PC and mobile gaming experiences. The Black Shark 4 Pro is an exceptionally well-built gaming phone, with all the nuts and bolts that we’ve come to expect from one. Better yet, its $579 starting price undercuts most of the competition, without compromising on processing power and functionality. Just be prepared for the device’s heavy skin over Android, a slower cadence of software updates, and middling battery life. If you can get over those shortcomings, the Black Shark 4 Pro may be the gaming phone for you.
Black Shark claims that the display has a touch delay of 24ms. However, dynamic refresh-rate adjustment doesn’t seem to be present, presumably due to the lack of a MEMC chip. The devices also come with two pop-up mechanical shoulder buttons that can be remapped to perform other tasks.