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No 8K video recording for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 after all

The Galaxy Z Fold3. (Source: Evan Blass)
The Galaxy Z Fold3. (Source: Evan Blass)
The Galaxy Z Fold3 is on the way. While a recently leaked comprehensive spec sheet claimed the phone would offer 8K video recording, that has now been confirmed to be false. The Galaxy Z Fold3 will not offer 8K recording, a downgrade from the cheaper Galaxy S21 in that aspect.

Samsung is set to release the Galaxy Z Fold3 on August 11. Specifications and features of the premium foldable phone already leaked extensively, but it appears one particular detail in the leaked spec sheet was wrong.

According to the original leaked specifications, the Galaxy Z Fold3 is equipped with the capacity for 8K video recording. That appears to have been misguided, as tipster Roland Quandt has now confirmed that while the phone does offer 8K playback, recording is limited to 4K. 

8K recording on the Galaxy Z Fold3 was always unbelievable, as the same spec sheet claimed it would sport three 12 MP cameras at its rear. 8K translates into 33 MP of resolution, so there's no way that would be have been possible with a native 12 MP sensor. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra uses its 108 MP camera for 8K recording, while the S21 and S21+ both use their 64 MP sensors. 

What this means is that Samsung's newest and greatest premium phone will not offer video recording of a resolution as high as what's available on its cheaper phones. Resolution is just one part of the equation, however—and one that doesn't quite translate into quality yet. 8K video recording will be missed on the Galaxy Z Fold3 but that isn't a dealbreaker.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S21 on Amazon.

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Ricci Rox, 2021-08- 9 (Update: 2021-08- 9)