Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumored to have 4K video capture

The forthcoming phablet could be the first mobile device to offer Ultra High Definition video recording in 4K resolution, but we think that's a long shot.

The next-generation Galaxy Note is rumored to feature 4K video recording. CNET

The forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 could be the first smartphone to boast Ultra High Definition video recording, reports The Korea Economic Daily (translate).

With only days left before the expected official IFA announcement , new rumors like this have bubbled to the surface.

According to the Korean news outlet, the phablet will be the first to offer 4K (3,840x2,160-pixel) video capture. What's more, the device is alleged to provide 24-bit/192KHz music playback, a step above the 16-bit audio found in previous generations.

While the Ultra HD video sounds fantastic, it's worth noting that there are currently no smartphones capable of playing back video at such a resolution. Going a step further, it's hard to imagine the Galaxy Note 3 having enough storage to hold said videos. It also isn't clear what the purpose of videos would be at such a high resolution, since 4K TV sets are still a long ways off from being the norm.

As one rumor that must be taken with not just a grain, but a handful of salt, I am reminded of the 3D display and video recording fad from a few years back. Remember how smartphones were going to spur the adoption of 3D televisions? Now, consider that a recently reduced rate Samsung TV can still cost $4,999. Recording 4K video on a mobile device seems like a feature that would be wasted on most users.

Samsung is expected to officially announce the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear on September 4 in Berlin. Stick with CNET for all the news.

 

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