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[Poll] Better battery life or 8K video recording: What would you prefer?

Next year, Samsung will be in somewhat of a dilemma. The newest Exynos and Snapdragon chips that will power the Galaxy S10 in various markets are markedly different in two areas compared to previous versions of this chip. The Snapdragon 855 has the benefit of being built on a 7nm process, meaning it will be more efficient and powerful. The Exynos 9820 comes with support for 8K video recording (and 4K recording at 150 fps) while the 855 tops out at [email protected] fps, just like the Snapdragon 845.

For Samsung, this will mean equalizing the two chipsets to make sure the Galaxy S10 it sells in various markets are all equally equipped. The Exynos version does stand to be more negatively affected, of course. While Samsung can limit the performance of the Snapdragon 855 to match that of the Exynos variant, the 855 will still be more efficient. The difference between 7nm and 8nm manufacturing process won’t be too big, but even a slight advantage in efficiency is useful when you’re talking about a flagship phone. But the 855’s inability to record 8K videos could also stop Samsung from an important marketing standpoint.

No 8K recording is a negative for Samsung from a marketing standpoint

8K televisions are going to be hitting the market in the coming year, and Samsung is going to be at the forefront of the 8K TV revolution (the company already has an 8K TV hitting retail this year). And selling a flagship phone that can record 8K videos (or 4K videos at @150 fps) along with an 8K TV would be a useful marketing trick. But it’s something the company won’t be able to do in 2019. Not if the Galaxy S10 cannot offer 8K recording because the Snapdragon 855 doesn’t support it.

If history is any guide, Samsung probably is going to leave out 8K video recording from the Galaxy S10. Well, unless Qualcomm and the Korean giant can team up and make the feature possible on the Snapdragon 855 variant as well. And our question to our readers is: What would you prefer to have if you are hoping to buy the Galaxy S10? Would you like to see 8K video recording, or would better battery life be your choice?

Tell us in the comments section after voting in the poll embedded below!

Better battery life or 8K video recording: What would you prefer?

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Gunter2
Gunter2

Sorry, but I cannot understand this question. How does only having the possibility of using 8k video recording affect battery life as we do not have to record in 8k. We can just do recording in 4k, or 2k or 1080p. It won’ affect battery life having it. But sone peole will have the option if they like to do it. This is good!

Biransahin
Biransahin

Exactly my point. It only affects the battery if you use it.

redgumtv
redgumtv

Most reviewers make me laugh when they propose high resolution video over some other technology. Sure, gamers see an advantage in 8k as long as they don’t use their phones or tabs which have difficulty defining 4k video. Even 4k is wound back on small screens to conserve resources. 4k and 8k have benefits in the video edit process in all sorts of ways but is generally rendered backwards for more than 90% of applications. The use of 8k video in general terms on phones and tabs is useless unless you first have an eye transplant to give you the… Read more »

Biransahin
Biransahin

It’s funny, an eye transplant. You know people said the same think about 1080p…then the same thing about 2k and the same thing about 4k, but the difference between 2k and 4k is huge.. I got to see an 8k TV at a presentation in Istanbul. There is a huge difference in quality, eye transplant is not necessary to see it. It’s not actually what the eye can see, we do not see in pixels. An optical engineer gave a talk on this. It’s the brain not the eye that processes what it sees, and the brain can perceive unlimited… Read more »

Gunter2
Gunter2

Hey!! This is the truth my friend I am an optician from Berlin, Germany. People do not see in pixel style view . The eye takes in all light through millions of optic fibers . The human eye can see in resolution of equivalent to millions of Pixels and our brain processes this information. This engineer, he knows his business!

locarno
locarno

Folks from XDA will find a way to unlock 8k on Exynos even if Samsung blocks it.

utvic99
utvic99

But… what if Samsung ditches Qualcomm? After all, they have announced the OnePlus 7 to be the first phone to feature SD855, yet no confirmation about the S10 which is coming in a month or so. They’d already ditched SD810 because of thermal problems and went with an Exynos-only variant of the S6 and Note 5 (Exynos 7420). They could ditch the SD855 now too if they wanted to. Why in the world would they implement 8K video recording support on a phone, only to disable it later on? It didn’t make any sense before, when they also turned off… Read more »

Huck33
Huck33

8k is useless

vitorvedder
vitorvedder

Pixel count race is over. Battery life is something unsolved in smartphones and any improvement is welcome.

Biransahin
Biransahin

No complaints about Note9 battery life, it’s epic. I’d be happy with this battery life and the option of 8k recording. Unless you’re actually recording it’s doing nothing to battery life, and making a 5 minute video in 8k isn’t going to do much to battery life anyway. It’s not really an “and/or” issue at all. 8k being there if you want it is a good thing. Nobody will put a gun to your head and force you to use it. It’s a strange poll when you think about it. Playing games like Fortnite use lots of battery, so will… Read more »

Gunter2
Gunter2

I completely agree. People don’t have to make an 8k video if they want to have longer battery life but it’s a fantastic addition for those who DO want to make an 8k video. If we choose not to have apps that use up a lot of battery we would have no games, no Youtube, or other apps that use a lot of battery, The Note9 for example has a huge battery! I agree that the poll is sort of a little bit silly. Having the possibility of 8k video doesn’t use ANY battery!

Biransahin
Biransahin

Thanks I’m glad somebody can see it.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

People ask for better battery life but every Samsung phone I’ve owned (since the S4) has had the same battery life. Its great for the first 3 months. Lasts a day and no less. But then there’s a software update that just brings a battery killing bug! And since Samsung don’t offer free battery replacements, it’s pointless asking for a better battery life. I’m on the S9+ and it just doesn’t last the day anymore. Ideally, I’d like both 8K and long lasting battery but the latter just isn’t happening so I’d prefer to see 8K recording.

Lukasz1536
Lukasz1536

Battery life in my S9+ is much better with Android P. After work I had usually 40%. Now it’s like a 50/60%. Huge difference for me.
Only Spotify is eating my battery like a crazy.

fcaroll
fcaroll

Battery life AND 8k video recording is possible with good software and kernel optimization, two things that samsung definitely didn’t have us accustomed to, so we feel the need to exclude one of the two

siaho
siaho

battery life ofc, 4k is more than enough as a resolution and nowdays the captured videos are still far from the max potential for picture quality/max fps.