The forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 could be the first smartphone to boast ultra high-definition (UHD) video recording, according to The Korea Economic Daily (translation).
With only days left before the expected official IFA announcement, new rumours like this have bubbled to the surface.
According to the Korean news outlet, the phablet will be the first to offer 4K (3840x2160-pixel) video capture. What's more, the device is alleged to provide 24-bit/192KHz music playback, a step above the 16-bit audio found in previous generations.
While the UHD video sounds fantastic, it's worth noting that there are currently no smartphones capable of playing back video at such a resolution. Going a step further, it's hard to imagine the Galaxy Note 3 having enough storage to hold said videos. It also isn't clear what the purpose of videos would be at such a high resolution, since 4K TV sets are still a long way off from being the norm.
With this rumour (which must be taken not just with a grain, but with a handful of salt), we are reminded of the 3D display and video recording fad from a few years back. Remember how smartphones were going to spur the adoption of 3D televisions? Now, consider that a recently reduced rate Samsung TV can still cost US$4999. Recording 4K video on a mobile device seems like a feature that would be wasted on most users.
Samsung is expected to officially announce the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear on 4 September in Berlin. Stick with CNET for all the news.