A few weeks ago, Asus launched the king of gaming phones in the Asus ROG Phone 5 series. A few days ago, Xiaomi came up with its alternative belonging to a lower price segment. The Asus ROG Phone 5 series also includes a variant for those who want to save some money: the vanilla version. A perfect rival of this handset in the affordable flagship segment is the Black Shark 4 Pro. Unless you want to opt for the ROG Phone 5 Pro and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, these are the most interesting gaming phones you can find in the market. Here is a comparison between their specifications.
Asus ROG Phone 5 vs Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro
|Asus ROG Phone 5||Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm, 238 grams||163.8 x 76.4 x 9.9 mm, 220 grams|
|DISPLAY||6.78 inches, 1080 x 2448p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, AMOLED||6.67 inches, 1080 x 2400p (Full HD+), 395 ppi, Super AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa-core 2.84 GHz|
|MEMORY||8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 16 GB RAM, 256 GB||8 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB – 16 GB RAM, 512 GB|
|SOFTWARE||Android 11, Rog UI + Zen UI||Android 11, Joy UI|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 64 + 13 + 5 MP f/1.8, f/2.4, and f/2.0
24 MP f/2.5 front camera
|Triple 64 + 8 + 5 MP f/1.8, f/2.2, and f/2.4
20 MP f/2.5 front camera
|BATTERY||6000 mAh, fast charging 65W||4500 mAh, fast charging 120W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, 5G, AirTriggers, RGB logo, reverse charging||Dual SIM slot, 5G, physical gaming triggers|
Despite a lot of people who may prefer the attractive rear side of the Asus ROG Phone 5, I personally love the Black Shark 4 Pro because of its narrower bezels around the display and its punch-hole design. However, having thicker bezels is actually an advantage for gamers who want to have a better grip. Further, the RGB logo on the rear side of the Asus ROG Phone 5 and its premium materials make it a very interesting phone in terms of aesthetics.
The display of the Asus ROG Phone 5 is better than Black Shark 4 Pro because it is able to show up to one billion colors. It also offers a wider diagonal which may be better for power gamers. The Asus ROG Phone 5 includes an in-display fingerprint scanner, while the fingerprint reader of the Black Shark 4 Pro is side-mounted. On the rear side, Asus ROG Phone 5 has pressure sensitive zones which can be used as capacitive gaming triggers, while the Black Shark 4 Pro has physical gaming triggers on the side. In both cases, you get an AMOLED panel with very high brightness, the HDR10+ certification, and a 144 Hz refresh rate.
Specs & Software
With the Asus ROG Phone 5 and the Black Shark 4 Pro, you can get a very advanced flagship-class hardware side. They are both fueled by the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform paired with up to 16 GB of RAM. The Black Shark is available in a memory configuration with 512 GB of internal storage, while the Asus ROG Phone 5 offers a max of 256 GB. The phones run Android 11 out of the box with a customized user interface, but the Asus ROG Phone 5 can let you switch to stock Android.
The Asus ROG Phone 5 and the Black Shark 4 Pro are equipped with midrange-class camera setups. The main camera is the same 64 MP f/1.8 sensor, but the Asus ROG Phone 5 has a better ultrawide sensor with a 13 MP resolution. Besides these sensors, you also get a 5 MP macro camera. The Asus ROG Phone 5 is also able to record videos at 8K resolution, while Black Shark goes up to 4K.
The king of battery here is the Asus ROG Phone 5, and it is also one of the best flagships when it comes to battery life. The Asus ROG Phone 5 packs a huge 6000 mAh battery which can provide a lot of gaming hours and it charges very quickly thanks to its 65W fast charging technology. However, the Black Shark charges even faster with a power of 120W: the fastest commercial charging technology.
The starting price of the Asus ROG Phone 5 is about €493/$580, while the Black Shark 4 Pro carries a €520/$611 starting price (the prices vary depending on the market). Despite the Black Shark 4 Pro features a faster charging technology, the Asus ROG Phone 5 wins the comparison thanks to its bigger battery and great display. It is also better for gamers as it supports a higher amount of external gaming accessories.
Asus ROG Phone 5 vs Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro: PROs and CONS
Asus ROG Phone 5
- Gorilla Glass Victus
- Great display
- Huge battery
- Better connectivity
- Several compatible accessories
Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro
- Faster charging
- Physical gaming triggers
- Good price
- Borderless display
- Smaller battery
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