Xiaomi Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro release date, price, specs and features

The Xiaomi Black Shark 4 is the Chinese company's fourth-generation gaming smartphone, and along with a Black Shark 4 Pro it's Mi's newest assault on the busy niche of handsets dedicated to mobile gaming.

Launched in China in March 2021, these two new phones rival contemporaries like the Nubia Red Magic 6 and Asus ROG Phone 5. While the Black Shark 4 Pro tries to rival them on sheer specs and power, the 'vanilla' phone doesn't.

In fact, the Black Shark 4 might be one of the first truly affordable gaming phones we've seen as it cuts costs in a few departments. As a result, its price in China is very low but we'll need to see how much it costs everywhere else to make a full judgement.

We'll run you through both phones below, so you can see what they're like and how they compare.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Xiaomi's fourth-generation gaming phones
  • When is it out? Possibly a global announcement soon
  • How much will it cost? Mid-range prices

Xiaomi Black Shark 4 release date and price

Xiaomi Black Shark 4

(Image credit: Xiaomi)

After a March 23 launch in China, the Black Shark 4 is available in that country, but we're still waiting to hear about a release elsewhere. This is the typical way Xiaomi organizes its Black Shark launches, so we could wait a month or so.

There are loads of Black Shark 4 configurations with different prices, and we only know how much the phone costs in China right now. We'll share below the different versions of the phone and the Chinese prices, as well as rough conversions:

Black Shark 4 prices
RAM Storage China price Converted US price Converted UK price Converted AU price
6GB 128GB CNY 2,499 $380 £280 $500
8GB 128GB CNY 2,699 $410 £300 $540
12GB 128GB CNY 2,999 $460 £330 $600
12GB 256GB CNY 3,299 $510 £270 $660

That's a lot of figures to get your head around, and if that wasn't enough, the Black Shark 4 Pro comes in different configurations for different prices:

Black Shark 4 Pro prices
RAM Storage China price Converted US price Converted UK price Converted AU price
8GB 256GB CNY 3,999 $610 £440 AU$800
12GB 256GB CNY 2,999 $690 £500 $900
16GB 512GB CNY 3,299 $810 £590 $1,060

Design and display

Xiaomi Black Shark 4

(Image credit: Xiaomi)

The Black Shark 4 phones both drop the bezel that most gaming phones have, and instead house their front-facing cameras in punch-hole cut-outs at the top of the display, which means a small chunk of the display is missing.

The phones have less-dynamic rear designs than their predecessors, but some people may like that - it seems only the Pro model has LEDs on the back.

To the edges of the phone, there's a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Both handsets also have physical triggers, which are normally flush in the phone, but pop out when you activate them.

Do these phones have IP ratings? We don't know. They do have 3.5mm headphone jacks and NFC though.

In terms of display, both handsets tout 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED screens with 144Hz refresh rates and super-speedy 720Hz touch input rates. This latter spec should make them great for gaming, as it makes sure your touch is registered quickly.

Cameras and battery

Xiaomi Black Shark 4

(Image credit: Xiaomi)

The Black Shark 4 and 4 Pro both have three rear cameras, and they have two in common too - that's an 8MP and 5MP sensor (though we don't know what lens they're paired with).

The Black Shark 4 also has a 48MP main camera, whereas the 4 Pro rocks that up to 64MP. We don't know the selfie camera resolution on either phone.

Both phones match when it comes to battery size and charging speeds. They have 4,500mAh power packs, and charge up at a super-speedy 120W.

Performance and specs

Xiaomi Black Shark 4

(Image credit: Xiaomi)

As previously mentioned, the Black Shark 4 phones have varying amounts of RAM, from 6GB in the 'vanilla' model to 16GB in the Pro, and there's some variation in storage space too.

The Black Shark 4 has the Snapdragon 870 chipset, while the 4 Pro has the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. It's curious to see a gaming phone without the best chipset available to it, though the 870 is pretty good, and it seems Xiaomi tried to make this an affordable gaming phone.

Most gaming phones have gaming-dedicated modes, which mutes notification and calls and dedicates all a phone's power to the game at hand, and Xiaomi has Shark Space. 

In this generation of phones, it seems Shark Space has some changes - there's more to it than just a list of games to boot up, and in the launch event, an AI companion from popular game Genshin Impact popped up and started talking too.

To make the phones good for gaming, Black Shark detailed the numerous antennae on the phone, so you don't risk blocking signal with your hands when gaming. Both devices are 5G-ready.

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