“4K video recording? LMAO yeah, ok,” said the internet in response to this weekend’s rumor that LG might product the Nexus 5. We could argue for hours if 4K video capture and playback is really necessary, but the reality is that Qualcomm will bring this impressive spec to mobile devices with their upcoming Snapdragon 800 chip.
Qualcomm has already demonstrated their Snapdragon 800 chip capturing 4K UltraHD video and playing it back at trade shows like CES and MWC, and the company says they expect it to be “available in commercial devices by mid-2013.” I had the chance to witness this new technology at MWC in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 Theater and it was simply amazing.
For those new to 4K UltraHD video, the technology got its name because the resolution has four times as many pixels as 1080p. That’s 4096×2304 resolution vs the 1920×1080 resolution that we find in many of today’s high-end smartphones. If you want to see 4K video capture in action, check out the video below from MWC 2013.
So while we are still waiting for someone to debunk the Nexus 5 leak, you can be certain that 4K video capture and playback will be featured in Android devices later this year.