A few days ago, the Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi unveiled the Mi 9Pro smartphone alongside the Mi Mix Alpha. The Mi Mix Alpha as per Xiaomi is a concept phone, but one that could reach the mass market soon as the Mi Mix lineup has always been Xiaomi’s testing ground and most innovative lineup till date. Alongside both devices come the Android Pie-based MIUI 11 with a completely new design, and an updated camera app which brings us to the latest revelation from the guys at XDA forum. A xiaomi phone capable of 8K videos and 30fps is likely in the making.
Digging down into the latest MIUI Camera APK to find new features, a junior XDA Junior Member kackskrz found evidence of inclusion of strings for capturing UHD/8K videos at 30fps. The string found within the MIUI 11 beta reveals specifically referenced support for 7,680 x 4,320 resolution or 8K videos at 30fps. What is more, the team member also found an image within the app showing the words “8K 30fps” beside the Mi logo.
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No Xiaomi smartphone including the ambitious Mi Mix Alpha supports video recording at that rate, so it is plausible the firm is working on bring that to a future device. Apparently, the new feature isnt a camera mode on the new Mi MIX Alpha given that Samsung’s 108MP Bright HMX camera sensor only supports recording at up to 6K resolution at 30fps.
With a Xiaomi smartphone with support for 8K video recording at 30fps in the making, Xiaomi could become one of the first few to bring the support to its device. Devices like the Nubia Red Magic 3, Asus ZenFone 6, and ROG Phone 2 supports 8K recording, but only at 24fps. It is worth noting that these devices are all powered by Qualcomm’s SD 855/+ which only supports video quality of 4K at 60fps. So it is not likely we would be seeing a supported Xiaomi phone in the nearest future.
Assuming Xiaomi is indeed planning a device with such a feature, it likely will come with an upgraded SoC. Samsung’s Exynos 9820 and 9825 already support shooting 8K videos at 30fps, so it is likely Qualcomm will follow suit with its next flagship SoC.