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Xiaomi Black Shark 5 full review

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In today’s article, I’m going to give you a complete review of the Xiaomi Black Shark 5. I’m going to give you a complete spec sheet. I’m going to review the Display, Design and build, Performance, Memory, Storage, Software, Battery, Camera, Main camera, Lenses, Selfie camera, Connectivity, Network, Sound, and pretty much everything that comes in this device. This smartphone has the same specs as the Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro but a few differences in the performance, camera, and design.

Xiaomi Black Shark 5


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Xiaomi Black Shark 5:

Display:

Type AMOLED
Size 6.67 inches
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels
Aspect ratio 20:9
PPI 395 ppi
Refresh rate 144 Hz
HDR support Yes, HDR10+
Screen protection Tempered glass
Screen-to-body ratio 85.8%
Display features – DCI-P3
– Always-On Display
– DC Dimming

Xiaomi Black Shark 5 has an amazing display. Its 6.67 inches Amoled, 144Hz, with HDR10+ support, and 1312 nits (peak) brightness display.  It is also Full HD+ with a PPI density of 395. The display is punchier and more powerful with 144Hz support, and more colorful. The gaming experience is also going to be very good because it’s a 144Hz display and also the content watching will be good. Thanks to DCIP3 technology. Xiaomi Black Shark 5 is using the Amoled panel. Which is good. This display is also capable of delivering faster performance with no touch lag issuers thanks to the 144Hz. The display is also protected by tempered glass. The display features always-on display. This display is amazingly good in this Flagship smartphones category. The aspect ratio is 20:9 which will support high-resolution movies.



DESIGN & BUILD:

Height 163.8 mm (6.45 inches)
Width 76.3 mm (3 inches)
Thickness 10 mm (0.39 inches)
Weight 218 gramm (7.69 oz)
Rear material Glass
Frame material Metal
Colors White, Black, Gray
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in home button

Xiaomi is known for its amazing new designs. Xiaomi Black Shark 5 with the new design, looks more futuristic and stronger than Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro. The rear is made of glass. The frame is made of metal, which makes it heavier. There is IP53 water and dust resistance. In this Xiaomi Black Shark 5, we got to see the better design and the better back. It’s protected by metalic frame that’s why it makes it heavier by 218 grams. The Camera bump is quite a good place. The camera bump looks familiar with the Xiaomi 11T and the Xiaomi 11T Pro. Talking about the fingerprint scanner it’s located on the home button and it’s fast with new features. The height, weight, and thickness are almost the same as the last-gen Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro.

Performance:

Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
Max. clock 3200 MHz
CPU cores 8 (1 + 3 + 4)
Architecture – 4 cores at 1.8 GHz: Kryo 585 Silver (Cortex-A55)
– 3 cores at 2.42 GHz: Kryo 585 Gold (Cortex-A77)
– 1 core at 3.2 GHz: Kryo 585 Prime (Cortex-A77)
L3 cache 4 MB
Lithography process 7 nanometers
Graphics Adreno 650
GPU clock 675 MHz
FLOPS ~1372 GFLOPS

Xiaomi Black Shark 5 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 870. Which scores great on Antutu 9 benchmarks. It also makes the phone experience much smoother with the 144Hz display. The gaming experience is also going to be on another level. The Adreno 650 is one of the powerful GPUs in a Flagship phone, which makes the Xiaomi Black Shark 5 more powerful than other Flagship smartphones. I already published complete article on this chipset you can check that out here Qualcomm Snapdragon 870. The processor is based on 7nm which will help in heat management and power consumption.


MEMORY AND STORAGE:

RAM size 8, 12GB
Memory type LPDDR5
Memory clock 3200 MHz
Channels 4
Storage size 256, 512 GB
Storage type UFS 3.1
Memory card No

There are going to be three Ram variants in this Xiaomi Black Shark 5, 8GB RAM, and 12GB of ram with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 is a good combination. The ram is LPDDR5 and clocked on 3200MHz. The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 has fast UFS 3.1 storage support which gives you fast read and writing speeds. There is also 2 variants of storage. The base one is 128GB and the peak one is 256GB. There are going to be some price differences between these two storage options. There is no SD card slot in this smartphone and also it doesn’t need it because of 512GB of storage option.

Benchmarks:

Geekbench 5:

Single Core 1049
Multi core 3416

Now let’s talk about the benchmarks. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 has good CPU scores in the Geekbach 5. The single-core score is 1049. This is quite impressive when it comes to single-core performance and also the multi-core which is 3416. Which is a lot faster than the newly launched Samsung Exynos 1280. You can check that out.


Antutu 9 Benchmarks

CPU 192713
GPU 240595
Memory 112810
UX 146425
Total score 697799

 Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 shows the best AnTuTu 9 scores. We can see a big jump in the GPU and CPU performance. The total performance of the GPU is 240595, which is slower than the HiSilicon Kirin 9000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus. The CPU also shows one of the best scores. It is 192713 which is slower than the HiSilicon Kirin 9000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus. The memory scores also shows a significant boost scoring 112810. Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 memory is slower than HiSilicon Kirin 9000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus.. The Ux is also showing one of the best performance. It is 146425, which is slower than HiSilicon Kirin 9000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus.. Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 total scores are above 697799.

Software:

Operating system Android 12
ROM Joy UI 13

The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 comes with Android 12 support. Which can be customized more than Android 11. In the new Joy UI 13 there are tons of new features added to the Xiaomi Black Shark 5. This new custom ROM is greatly optimized with new bugs fixes and with new layout which is fun to play with.


Battery:

Capacity 4650 mAh
Charge power 120 W
Replaceable No
Wireless charging No
Reverse charging No
Fast charging Yes (50% in 8 min)
Full charging time 0:20 hr

When it comes to charging. This phone can support fast charging of 120 watts. Which can charge fully in 20 minutes. There is no fast wireless charging support. The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 comes with a 4650Mah battery. Which is just enough for daily usage. The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 has a full day battery on a single charge it can live long up to a day.

MAIN CAMERA:

Matrix 64 megapixels
Image resolution 9248 x 6936
Zoom Digital
Flash LED
Stabilization Digital
8K video recording No
4K video recording Up to 60FPS
1080p video recording Up to 60FPS
Slow motion 960 FPS (1080p)
Angle of widest lens 120°

Xiaomi Black Shark 5 has a 64MP main sensor. Which is capable of capturing the best photos with good dynamic range and good quality pics. It’s 64MP. but with binning the photo size reduces to 16MP. There is no 8k support on this smartphone. A little disappointed to see only 4K 60fps support in this smartphone. There is also slow motions support which is kept on 1080p at 960 FPS. There is also an ultra-wide-angle camera. Which has quite a good angle view of 120degree. Let’s talk about the camera sensors in detail.



Lenses:

Wide (main) lens – 64 MP
– Aperture: f/1.8
– Pixel size: 0.7 micron
– Sensor: 1/1.97″, Samsung GW3 (ISOCELL CMOS)
– Phase autofocus
Ultra-wide lens – 13 MP
– Aperture: f/2.4
Macro lens – 2 MP
– Aperture: f/2.4
Camera features – Bokeh mode
– Pro mode

The main sensor is 64mp. Which is Samsung GW3. Samsung GW3 sensor can be seen in a lot of smartphones in the midrange category also. And also in Flagships like the Xiaomi 12 Lite. This sensor is brighter and big. Thanks to the aperture f/1.8. This sensor can take stronger portrait shots and can take great shots at nighttime because it’s combined with a wider aperture. This sensor is very good at maintaining a good dynamic range in harsh conditions. This sensor is also good at taking very amazing portraits with strong bokeh and good depth of field. It is a 64MP sensor so, combining that with great software can result in the best in smartphone photography. The autofocus in this camera sensor is incredibly fast. The sensor is a dual pixel. Overall the sensor is big, bright, and powerful.

There is also an ultra-wide lens of 13Mp. This sensor also has one of the best autofocus. This sensor can take good detailed shots with a wide field of view. The aperture of this lens is f/2.0 which is bright enough to take good shots at night time. This sensor can capture 120 degrees of angle view. With the combination of good software, it’s a very capable camera sensor.

Xiaomi Black Shark 5 also has a macro camera which is only 2MP. which is not a bad sensor, but it’s only 2MP. So it won’t contain many details in pictures and videos.

The camera feature the pro mode, bokeh mode. There is also support for pro mode in the camera app of this Xiaomi Black Shark 5. Which is great to have because it contains tons of details in video and pictures.

There are a bunch of options in the camera app. Dual video mode, night mode, portrait mode, 4k video mode, 8k video mode, 1080p video mode, and slow-motion mode at different resolutions.


SELFIE CAMERA:

Megapixels 16 megapixels
Image resolution 5312 x 2988
Aperture f/2.0
Focal length 26 mm
Pixel size 0.8 microns
Sensor type CMOS
Video resolution 1080p (Full HD) at 30 FPS

The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 has a 16-megapixel Selfie Camera. Their recording is only kept on 1080p up to 30 FPS. But considering this Selfie Camera is 16 megapixels. This means it will contain more details. It’s also F/2.0. Which will collect more light at night photography. The sensor will be good at collecting light in the night time.

Connectivity:

Wi-Fi standard Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Bluetooth version 5.2
USB type USB Type-C
USB version 2
Infrared port No

The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 comes with Wi-Fi 6E with the Bluetooth version of 5.2. Which contains more speed and a better coverage area. Thanks for the Wi-Fi 6E. It gives you a better upload and download speed. Xiaomi Black Shark 5 comes with the USB type C 2.0, which makes it faster and more efficient. There is no NFC support in this smartphone.


SOUND:

Speakers Stereo
Headphone audio jack No
Dolby Atmos Yes

Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Doesn’t have a headphone jack. It’s a Flagship smartphone so, it has Stereo speakers with Dolby atoms support. The speakers sound well. You can listen to music and can take calls with these speakers. It’s also supported by Dolby atmos which makes the sound experience on another level. The speaker has a nice amount of bass in the sound. You can feel the beat with the nice sound. There is two-speaker one at the bottom and another at the top. The top speaker is also used to take calls. The sound quality of the Xiaomi Black Shark 5 is A+.

Colors:

Colors White, Black, Gray

The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 just launched in three colors which are White, Black, and Gray, I personally like the black color. Because it gives a natural look to the Xiaomi Black Shark 5.


Final Thoughts:

So, this was my review of the Xiaomi Black Shark 5. This phone has an amazing chipset with an amazing camera. So, I highly recommend buying this phone if you are looking for a good value Flagship gaming smartphone.

If you guys learned something new then make sure to check out my other articles as well as my YouTube channel.

My YouTube Channel Link:

https://www.youtube.com/c/ElectronicClinic

Engr Fahad

My name is Shahzada Fahad and I am an Electrical Engineer. I have been doing Job in UAE as a site engineer in an Electrical Construction Company. Currently, I am running my own YouTube channel "Electronic Clinic", and managing this Website. My Hobbies are * Watching Movies * Music * Martial Arts * Photography * Travelling * Make Sketches and so on...

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