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Xiaomi Mi 11X 5G vs. Black Shark 4: Which one is for you?




Xiaomi introduces its latest budget flagship, the Mi 11X 5G smartphone, which is the rebranded version of the previous POCO F3 or the Redmi K40 for other regions. The Mi 11X features high-performing specs but can it keep up with the performance of the Black Shark 4? Find out as we lay the specs on the board to see which one is for you.

Black Shark 4Xiaomi Mi 11X
6.67-inch (2400 x 1080) AMOLED display, 395ppi, HDR10+6.67-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) AMOLED DotDisplay, 395ppi, HDR10+
144Hz refresh rate, 720Hz touch sampling rate120-Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5GQualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
Adreno 650 GPUAdreno 650 GPU
8GB, 12GB LPDDR5 RAM6GB, 8GB LPDDR5 RAM
128GB, 256GB UFS 3.1 storage128GB UFS 3.1 storage
Triple rear cameras:
• 48MP F1.79 (main)
• 8MP F2.2 (ultra-wide)
• 5MP F2.4 (macro)
Triple rear cameras:
• 48MP (main)
• 8MP (ultra-wide)
• 5MP (tele-macro)
20MP front camera20MP front camera
5G, 4G LTE5G, 4G LTE
Dual-SIM (nano)Dual-SIM (nano)
WiFi 6WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2Bluetooth 5.1
IR Blaster
USB Type-CUSB Type-C
GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, QZSSGPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou, Bluesky
NFC
Fingerprint scanner (side)Fingerprint scanner (side)
Dual SpeakersDual speakers by Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio certification
3.5mm headphone jack
Phyiscal pop-up gaming triggers
JOYUI 12.5 (Android 11)MIUI 12 (Android 11)
4,500mAh battery w/ 120W fast charging4,520mAh battery w/ 33W fast charge
163.83 x 76.35 x 9.9mm163.7 x 76.4 x 7.8mm
210g196g
Mirror Black, Pale GreyCelestial Silver, Cosmic Black, Lunar White

Summary of advantages

Xiaomi Mi 11X
• Corning Gorilla Glass 5
• IR Blaster
• Dual speakers by Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Audio certification
• Thinner and lighter build

Black Shark 4
• Higher refresh rate
• Higher touch sampling rate
• Higher RAM option
• Higher storage option
• NFC
• 3.5mm headphone jack
• Physical pop-up gaming triggers
• Higher battery capacity
• Faster charging rate

Display

In terms of display, both devices come with an HDR10+ AMOLED screen. The Black Shark, however, speeds over the Mi 11X with its higher 144Hz refresh rate display and 720Hz touch sampling rate.

Both feature a sleek build, but the Mi 11X is a bit sleeker and lighter, coming in with a depth of 7.8mm and a weight of 196g, compared to the 9.9mm and 210g of the Black Shark 4. Extra points are given to the Mi 11X as well for its protective addition of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

RAM and Storage

The Xiaomi Mi 11X has two RAM configurations of 6GB and 8GB, while the Black Shark 4 offers an 8GB and 12GB option. In terms of storage, the Black Shark 4 offers two options as well, with 128GB and 256GB, while the Mi 11X has a single 128GB storage option. Both smartphones feature LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.


 

Cameras

There isn’t much deviation when it comes to the two competitors’ camera specs—because both feature a 48MP main and 8MP ultra-wide camera. The only difference lies within its third camera option; the Black Shark 4 has a 5MP macro camera, while the Xiaomi Mi 11X has a 5MP tele-macro camera. More testing will be done for this when we get our hands on the units themselves.

Connectivity and Features

Both devices are pretty much the same in terms of connectivity features. Both are capable of 5G, 4G LTE connection, and WiFi 6 connectivity. The Black Shark 4 inched above the Mi 11X with its Bluetooth 5.2 and NFC support. However, the Mi 11X supports the IR Blaster function.

The Mi 11X’s dual speakers by Dolby Atmos is another feature to take note of, especially with its Hi-Res Audio certification. But when it comes to gaming, the responsive touch sample rate with the Physical pop-up triggers of the Black Shark 4 would be most appealing to those itchin’ to game.

Battery

In the battery department, the Black Shark 4 beats the Mi 11X with its slightly higher battery capacity of 4,500mAh and faster charging rate of 120W. While the battery of the Mi 11X sits at 4,520mAh with 33W of fast charge.

Which one to get?

If you are looking for performance and something that entails ‘Gamer,’ the Black Shark 4 is the way to go with its faster charging, refresh and touch sample rate paired along with its pop-up gaming triggers.

The Xiaomi Mi 11X ain’t no slouch either and is a perfect choice for those who prefer the protective, minimal aesthetic smartphone that comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 build, Hi-Res Audio, and Dolby Atmos dual speakers.

So what do you guys think? Please share your thoughts about this in the comment section below.



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