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Black Shark 4S Pro Display review: Slightly better video rendering

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The Black Shark 4S Pro was released in mid-October 2021. In this short review, we compare its results in our comprehensive Display protocol tests with that of the Black Shark 4 Pro, released in March 2021.

Key display specifications:

  • 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400 (395 ppi)
  • Aspect ratio: 20:9
  • Refresh rate: 144 Hz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm) chipset

About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone and other display reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective and perceptual tests under controlled lab and real-life conditions. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. Note that we evaluate display attributes using only the device’s built-in display hardware and its still image (gallery) and video apps at their default settings. (For in-depth information about how we evaluate smartphone and other displays, check out our articles, “How DXOMARK tests display quality” and “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.”)

Test summary

Black Shark 4S Pro
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Pros

  • The device feels smooth when playing video games, scrolling through pictures in the gallery, or browsing the web.
  • The device is very reactive when jumping forward and backward in a video.
  • Touch is accurate over the entire screen, especially along borders and in corners.

Cons

  • Device lacks brightness in most tested conditions.
  • An orangeish cast is often visible in most conditions and colors can be oversaturated.
  • HDR10 video generally lacks contrast, especially on dark tones.
  • Aliasing is visible.

The Black Shark 4S Pro’s Display protocol performance is almost identical to that of the older Black Shark 4 Pro. The only noteworthy difference is that the 4S Pro does a slightly better job of managing dark tones in HDR10 videos, thereby gaining a point over the 4 Pro in that category. However, it should be noted that neither the 4S Pro nor the 4 Pro manages video dark tone rendering very well.

Video dark tone management, Black Shark 4S Pro (top) and Black Shark 4 Pro (bottom); the 4S Pro’s better management can be readily seen in the bark of the tree on the left (click on the image and then zoom in).
(Photo credit: DXOMARK; for illustration only)

As all other scores and associated comments are the same for the 4S Pro as for the 4 Pro, please consult our review of the Black Shark 4 Pro for more details about the two devices’ performance in all other categories.

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