The Samsung Galaxy S20 will be one of the first phones available that’ll let you record video at 8K resolution – however it looks like you’ll need a serious amount of storage if you want to shoot lots of footage.
According to reports, shooting an 8K video will take up 600MB per minute – that’s 3GB for every 5 minutes of footage. The same report states that the previous S series flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S10+, ate through about 350MB per minute when recording at 1080p and you’ll be limited to 5 minute bursts of 8K recording.
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With all that video consuming lots of storage it’s probably wise thinking about either bagging yourself a microSD card or plumping for one of the models with a larger amount of onboard storage. While the regular Galaxy S20 comes in a 128GB flavour, you can get the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra in much larger 512GB versions. All these phones also support cards of up to 1TB (a quick look on Amazon shows these can set you back over £300) and that means you can essentially have 1.5TB of storage at your disposal.
It also looks like these 8K videos will be shot at 24fps – the Hollywood standard – and you won’t be able to shoot 8K at 60fps. The latter is hardly a surprise and it seems pretty impressive anyway that we can shoot this high-res footage on phones. Playing your recordings backs at full-res might be trickier though unless you have an 8K TV. You could always upload it at 8K to YouTube, or save yourself a 33-megapixel image.
Samsung unveiled the S20 series, along with the foldable Galaxy Z Flip, at its latest Unpacked event on Feb 11. The three phones boast new camera systems, 120Hz displays and a slightly updated design with a smaller notch cutout. While you can grab the Z Flip from Friday, the main S series phones won’t be arriving until March 13.