- Black Shark 1: April 2018
- Black Shark 2: March 2019
- Black Shark 2 Pro: Oct 2019
- Black Shark 3: March 2020
- Black Shark 3 Pro: March 2020
With this in mind, it looks highly likely that the Black Shark 4 will appear sometime in March 2021. US customers should also be able to buy the new device, since Black Shark started selling directly to North America with the Black Shark 3.
How much will the Black Shark 4 cost?
Again, we’re yet to hear what the official cost of the new gaming phone, but here’s what the past models cost as a guide:
- Black Shark 2: £479/€549
- Black Shark 2 Pro: £539/€599
- Black Shark 3: £539/$599/€599
- Black Shark 3 Pro: £799/$899/€899
Setting aside the Pro tier, which is always more expensive, it seems likely that the Black Shark 4 will occupy that sub-£600/$600 bracket when it does finally arrive.
What new features will be included in the Black Shark 4?
When Black Shark CEO Luo Yuzhou posted that the new model would arrive soon, he used an image that also outlined some of the features you can expect. These include 120W charging speeds, a 4500mAh battery and a 0-to-100 percent recharge time of 15 minutes!
We’ve seen a similar approach recently with the Red Magic 6 also being revealed in the same way, and also boasting 120W charging and a 4500mAh battery, but not that remarkable recharge time.
It’s expected that the Black Shark 4 will have the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, as it is a gaming phone after all. These suspicions were given a boost recently when GSM Arena posted a report that a Black Shark 4 prototype had just attained the highest benchmark scores on AuTuTu, clocking up 788,505 points. So, whatever hardware it comes equipped with, you can be sure it will be fast.
The consensus of rumours we’ve seen so far seem to agree that the Black Shark 4 will sport a 1080p FHD display, which of course will help maintain those faster frame rates rather than the 2K panel that some were hoping would appear. The disappointment for the latter could be offset by Black Shark upping the refresh rate from the 90Hz of the Black Shark 3 to the 144Hz we’ve seen on the likes of the Red Magic 5S.
There’s not much else known about the Black Shark 4 at the moment, but looking at the previous entries, we think it’s likely that it will also feature options for 8 or 12GB of RAM, 128 or 256GB of storage, an optical in-display fingerprint sensor, at least three cameras, 5G connectivity and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
We’ll be updating this article as more news becomes available, but in the meantime check out our best gaming phones roundup to see what alternatives are available.