Xiaomi has recently officially launched the Mi MIX Alpha with an impressive design with a screen-to-body ratio of up to 180.6%. However, a latest discovery in the MIUI camera application has just revealed that the Chinese company is working on another interesting smartphone.
Specifically, members of the XDA-Developers forum found evidence of a new Xiaomi phone with the ability to shoot 8K videos at 30 frames per second. This information was discovered in an APK analysis of the camera application on the MIUI 11 beta update. It reveals sequences that mention support for 7,680 x 4,320 resolution or 8K video at 30 frames per second.
And yet, the source today even extracted an image showing the words 8K 30fps next to the Mi logo from the MIUI camera app.
According to Androidauthority, if today's information is to be believed, it is likely that Xiaomi will be the first manufacturer to release a smartphone capable of 8K @ 30fps video recording. Currently, phones such as Nubia Red Magic 3, ASUS ZenFone 6 and ROG Phone 2 are also capable of 4K video recording but only stop at 24 frames per second.
All of these phones have either Snapdragon 855 or 855 Plus chipsets. In particular, the SoC SD855 has a Spectra 380 image signal processor with video quality supported up to 4K at 60fps. Only when overclocked, the Spectra 380 can support 8K videos at 15 frames per second as on Red Magic 3. And ROG Phone 2, this phone can record 8K @ 24fps videos when using custom configurations tweak in the FreeDCam app.
Samsung's Exynos 9820 and 9825 are the only SoCs that currently support 8K video recording at 30 frames per second. However, neither the Galaxy S10 nor the Note 10 series have a camera sensor to support 8K video recording.
If Xiaomi is planning to make this happen, it will most likely be on a new phone because even the Mi Mix Alpha's 108MP sensor can only record videos up to 6K @ 30fps. However, it is not known how the Chinese manufacturer will handle the problem of overheating and fast battery drain when shooting 8K videos.
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