Xiaomi takes “mobile gaming” by storm with the new Black Shark 4 smartphone – Equipment

Xiaomi presented several new features for its smartphone catalog, in a mega event divided into two parts. The first was entirely dedicated to the revelation of the remaining members of the Mi 11 family, with the introduction of the Pro, Ultra and Lite versions. The camera system stood out, especially in the Ultra version, which has already assumed itself as the number 1 in the DXoMark benchmark. The second day was saved for two surprises: the first was the confirmation of Mix Fold, the first foldable smartphone from the manufacturer. The second part, after an emotional speech by its founder Lei Jun about the 11 years of the company, confirmed what was already suspected: the company will invest in electric vehicles in the next 10 years.

Although outside the event, the week was also marked by the presentation of its new gaming smartphone, the Black Shark 4. There is still a very large fade between the video games launched for computers and consoles and on smartphones. Gaming smartphones are being used as a showcase of the state of the art equipment, with the best processors on the market, armed with RAM “to the teeth” and impressive cooling systems. But studios are missing a click to offer gaming experiences that really rival the consoles, but at the same time change the mindset of gamers who don’t want to pay for titles released in this format.

With that in mind, Qualcomm intends to launch a console that is very close to the design of the Switch, with the aim of inspiring publishers and stirring the waters a little with regard to the mobile games market, which continues to have Fortnite, PUBG or Asphalt 9 as a benchmark for the big machines launched on the market.

Smartphone manufacturers, on the other hand, continue to launch high-end smartphones targeted at gaming. An example of this is Xiaomi that revealed to the Chinese market the fourth generation of its Black Shark, looking to rival the ROG Phone 5, and as it could not be missing, it has top specifications, including Qualcomm’s latest processor, the Snapdragon 888.

The Black Shark 4 has a standard and Pro variation, and stands out for its retractable buttons on the side, to simulate the shoulder buttons of the console controls. When they are not being used, they remain collected, as if they did not exist in the equipment, but when necessary they are lifted by means of a magnetic elevator, ready for “war”. In addition to being used as triggers, these can optionally be used as shortcuts to capture screenhots, make video recordings of the screen, among other settings that are useful for the user.

The smartphone features a 4,500 mAh battery and supports “super-fast” charging at 120W, so that the most demanding users can continue playing, as it takes just 16 minutes to charge 100% of the battery in the Standard version and 15 in the Pro version. .

The Pro version of this Black Shark 4 has a Snapdragon 888 processor, while the standard is more accessible with the Snapdragon 870. Both are equipped with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS3.1 flash storage. The standard version has memory settings from 6/128 GB to 12/256 GB, while the Pro models start at 8/256 GB to 16/512 GB, at its top of the range.

The models have a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen from Samsung, with a refresh rate of 144 Hz and touch sampling system up to 720 Hz. Users can manually choose rates of 60, 90 or 120 Hz using the smartphone.

Regarding its camera alignment, the smartphone features a triple set with a main sensor of 64 MP, a wide angle of 8 MP and a macro of 5 MP. Records images at 60 FPS and 4K resolutions, and other treats like electronic image stabilization (EIS) and the ability to shoot in dimly lit or night environments.

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