Galaxy Note 3 may lack 4K video recording for some US carriers

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the four Android smartphones poised to take the world by storm this holiday season. With LG’s G2 already released, the wait is for the announcement of the LG Nexus 5 and release of the Sony Xperia Z1 together with the Note 3. All of these devices will pack Qualcomm’s brand new Snapdragon S800. Where the G2 packs an extremely long lasting battery, the Nexus 5 will be Google’s special kid, receiving updates as soon as Google is ready. It will also be very affordable at an off-contract price. The Xperia Z1 is bringing brilliant camera performance and improved water, dust and shock resistance to the table. The Note 3 on the other hand is bringing it’s massive size, as well as a neat trick in the camera department – the ability to record 4K Resolution video at 30 FPS. It can also record 1080p Full HD video at 60 FPS as well. However, a recent report from IB Times suggests that this feature will not be available for the US market.


4K resolution refers to display medium or content in which the horizontal resolution is of the order of 4,000 pixels. Several 4K resolutions exist in digital television and cinematography The term 4K refers to the horizontal resolution (instead of the vertical as with 1080p which is currently marketed as “Full HD”) of these formats, which are all on the order of 4,000 pixels.

The Galaxy Note 3 was unveiled on September 4 at the IFA Berlin conference recently, and Samsung had announced that there would be two models of the Note 3 – one packing Samsung’s own Exynos Octa Core processor clocked at 1.9 GHz, and another, the one with the Qualcomm Snapdragon S800. However, reports are surfacing that the 4K recording feature only exists on the S800 variant.

The S800 is definitely able to have external displays at, as Qualcomm has stated on their website. U.S. models of the Note 3 will receive the Snapdragon 800 processor due to its LTE capability; however, it appears that U.S. models will feature 1080p video instead of 4K video. However splash images of the Note 3 AT&T and T-Mobile only display the specs as 1080p video recording. Verizon, though has listed their splash image specs of the Note 3 which indicate 4K video recording. IBTimes also spoke to a Sprint retail representative who said that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 should in fact have 4K video, despite the recording standard not being listed among the specs on retailer pages. It appears we will simply have to wait and see what the Galaxy Note 3 can do once it’s released.

This indicates that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 model featuring 4K video recording may be seen only in limited markets, and may even be further diluted in terms of carrier options. So far, many other countries which will receive the Note 3 Snapdragon 800 model will also feature 1080p video instead of 4K video, including IndiaAustralia and Greece amongst others.

Ever since the announcement of the Note 3’s specs, sample videos displaying its 4K recording capability have been popping up all over YouTube like the one below.

This video was shot by HardwareZonePhilippines, indicating that Philippines might be one of the countries getting Samsung’s spanking new 4K recording ability.

The Galaxy Note 3, for those not in the know, has either the Exynos Octa core processor (8 cores) clocked at 1.9 GHz or four Krait 400 Snapdragon S800 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz. Both variants will have the Adreno 330 GPU, 3 GB RAM, a 5.7 inch Full HD screen, and a 3200 mAh battery.

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