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Samsung Galaxy Note III will have 4K Ultra HD video recording

Rumors by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday August 27, 2013.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note III might soon introduce something fairly unique and possibly useless to the vast majority of its users - the ability to record 4K video at the highest resolution currently possible. Korea Economic Daily reports that the Galaxy Note III will record 4K Ultra HD video at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. That's quite an impressive feat in terms of pixel density for recording a child's recital, a baby's first step, or a friend's foolish prank. The device would also support 24-bit/192KMHz music playback for higher-quality audio.

Sadly, the initial excitement for having such a high-powered camera starts to fade once someone considers the challenges of recording and playing 4K UHD video on a smartphone. Problems include:

1) 4K UHD videos will be very large, so recording at such a high resolution will eat up a lot of storage space very quickly. Be prepared to upgrade to a large microSD card capable of the write speeds and storage demands necessary.

2) 4K UHD videos show best on devices you're unlikely to own in the near future. Ultra HD televisions are expensive - a 55-inch Samsung 4K TV costs $5,700 - and will be for a few years to come. LG plans to introduce a 4K display for smartphones, but the size of the devices will be too small for human eyes to really pick up the difference between 1080p and 4K UHD.

So why care about a 4K camera if you won't be able to see it on a 4K display? Spechounds will say "Because you can!" but it might actually be a good way to future-proof a device and lead to some better video. The costs of 4K displays will fall eventually, and someone willing to pay a premium for a 4K computer monitor might get a benefit out of the Ultra HD video. Increasing the resolution of a video will not inherently improve the quality, but it might when combined with other enhancements that Samsung could include in the video recording capability. Adding 4K cameras to smartphones now can ensure that the videos that you plan to hold on to for years to come - like those recitals, first steps, and classic pranks - will be preserved in the highest-quality format at the time.

source: Korea Economic Daily, via: SAM Mobile

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