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Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro 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 Pro. 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.

Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro


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Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro:

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 Pro 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 of its 144Hz display and also the content watching will be good. Thanks to DCIP3 technology. Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro 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 an 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 163.9 mm (6.45 inches)
Width 76.5 mm (3.01 inches)
Thickness 9.5 mm (0.37 inches)
Weight 220 gramm (7.76 oz)
Rear material Glass
Frame material Metal
Colors White, Black
Fingerprint scanner Yes, in home button

Xiaomi is known for its amazing new designs. Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro 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 Pro, we got to see the better design and the better back. It’s protected by a metallic frame that’s why it makes it heavier by 220 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 8 Gen 1
Max. clock 3000 MHz
CPU cores 8 (1 + 3 + 4)
Architecture – 4 cores at 1.8 GHz: Cortex-A510
– 3 cores at 2.5 GHz: Cortex-A710
– 1 core at 3 GHz: Cortex-X2
L3 cache 4 MB
Lithography process 4 nanometers
Graphics Adreno 730
GPU clock 818 MHz

Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. 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 730 is one of the powerful GPUs in a Flagship phone, which makes the Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro more powerful than other Flagship smartphones. I already published a complete article on this chipset you can check that out here Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.


MEMORY AND STORAGE:

RAM size 8, 12, 16 GB
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 Pro, 8GB RAM, 12GB, and 16GB of ram with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1is a good combination. The ram is LPDDR5 and clocked on 3200MHz. The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro has fast UFS 3.1 storage support. There are also 2 variants of storage. The base one is 256GB and the peak one is 512GB. 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 the 512GB of storage option.

Benchmarks:

Geekbench 5:

Single Core 1202
Multi core 4195

Now let’s talk about the benchmarks. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 has good CPU scores in the Geekbach 5. The single-core score is 1202. This is quite impressive when it comes to single-core performance and also the multi-core which is 4195. Which is a lot faster than the newly launched Samsung Exynos 1280. You can check that out.


Antutu 9 Benchmarks

CPU 241049
GPU 446381
Memory 231742
UX 174369
Total score 1095016

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 shows the best AnTuTu 9 scores. We can see the big jump in the GPU and CPU performance. The total performance of the GPU is 446381, which is faster than the HiSilicon Kirin 9000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus. The CPU also shows one the best scores. It is 241049 which is faster than the HiSilicon Kirin 9000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus. The memory scores also show a significant boost scoring 231742. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 memory is faster than HiSilicon Kirin 9000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus.. The Ux is also showing one of the best performance. It is 174369, which is faster than HiSilicon Kirin 9000 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus.. Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 total scores are above 1095016.

Software:

Operating system Android 12
ROM Joy UI 13

The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro 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 Pro. This new custom ROM is greatly optimized with new bugs fixes and with a 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 Pro comes with a 4650Mah battery. Which is just enough for daily usage. The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro has a full day battery on a single charge it can live long up to a day.


MAIN CAMERA:

Matrix 108 megapixels
Image resolution 12032 x 9024
Zoom Digital
Flash LED
Stabilization Digital
8K video recording No
4K video recording No
1080p video recording Up to 30FPS
Angle of widest lens 118°

Now let’s talk about the Camera. The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro comes with a triple camera setup. The main camera is 108 megapixel F/1.9. There is no telephoto lens. There is an ultra-wide lens of 8megapixels as well. This is a pretty amazing Camera setup which means the photos will contain more details. There is only 4K at 30 FPS. The videos will contain more details and will be sharper thanks to its chipset. There is no optical image stabilization on the ultra-wide lens and on the main lens. The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro. Also supported the slow-motion 720p at 960 FPS. This is the same sensor that was used in the last-gen Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro. Which was the best Flagship camera smartphone. This sensor is sharp and big. That collects more light at night thus making it the best camera sensor. This sensor was also used in the Samsung Galaxy S21/S22 ultra. Which by this time the most amazing camera smartphones. The angle view of the ultra-wide is 118 degrees. Which is not wide enough but can take good shots.

Lenses:

Wide (main) lens – 108 MP
– Aperture: f/1.9
– Focal length: 26 mm
– Pixel size: 0.7 micron
– Sensor: 1/1.52″, Samsung S5KHM2 (ISOCELL Plus CMOS)
– Phase autofocus (Dual Pixel)
Ultra-wide lens – 13 MP
– Aperture: f/2.4
– Sensor: 1/3.06″, Omnivision OV13B10 (CMOS)
Macro lens – 5 MP
– Aperture: f/2.4
– Phase autofocus
Camera features – Bokeh mode
– Pro mode

The main sensor is 1013 MP. Which is Samsung S5KHM2. Samsung S5KHM2 sensor can be seen in a lot of smartphones in the Flagship category also. And also in Flagships like the Xiaomi 11T Pro, Xiaomi 12 pro, Xiaomi 10T Pro. The main camera saves 12-megapixel images by default. These are all right with enough detail for this class and true to life colors the dynamic range is good. However, these photos are not ideal with visible noise and over-sharpening, and some corner softness. This sensor is brighter and big. Thanks to the aperture f/1.9. 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 at harsh conditions. This sensor is also good at taking very amazing portraits with strong bokeh and good depth of field. At night the main cam takes good low-light photos. There is enough detail realistic-looking exposure and well-preserved colors. The noise is handled well too night mode photos are sharper with more resolved detail and, you get a wider dynamic range with restored highlights, and develop shadows while the exposure is slightly brighter. The Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro doesn’t turn night and day but can take the best night shots. It is a 1013 MP sensor so, combining that with great software can result in the best in the 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 13 MP. Which is Omnivision OV13B10. This is also a great sensor considering its capabilities. The 13-megapixel ultra-wide photos are ok for this price range. But nothing great you get enough contrast and wide dynamic range but they come out soft with a low level of detail and the colors are a bit off. In harsh lighting conditions, this camera sensor suffers a lot because of its aperture which is only f/2.4. This sensor cannot take enough light to take good shots at night. The 13-megapixel ultra-wide photos taken at night time are not really usable.  They’re incredibly dark and noisy. In the video, this camera sensor has a lot of noise. Which is very annoying. You can’t use this ultra-wide camera at night time because it will contain so much grain and noise in the videos and pictures. The sensor aperture is F/2.4 which cannot collect more light at night time and thus can take average shots at night time with more noise.

There is a 5mp macro and a depth lens. Which is not used regularly. These camera sensors can take good shots with amazing details, and amazing sharpness. The main lens also has optical image stabilization. Which is not as good as the flagship phones but still can do a good job while taking photos or making videos.



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 Pro 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 at nighttime.

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 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 are two-speaker one at the bottom and another at the top. The top speaker is also used to take calls. The sound quality of Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro is A+.

Colors:

Colors White, Black

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


Final Thoughts:

So, this was my review of the Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro. 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.

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

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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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