A good handful of flagship devices released this year are able to record video in 4K resolution, ironic because uploading even a 5-minute 4K video to YouTube could probably kill your entire monthly data plan in one shot (unless you’re on an unlimited plan, in which case, congratulations).
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 was the first Qualcomm SoC (System on Chip) to support 4K video capture, though other SoCs in flagship phones have caught up. Which means that devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy Note 9, OnePlus 6, LG G7 ThinQ, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Huawei P10, and a handful of others are capable of 4K video capture.
This gets a little confusing about SoCs, however – just because an SoC supports 4K video capture, doesn’t mean the manufacturer implements it. For example, the Exynos 8895 SoC officially supported 4K video capture, but the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 does not – thus, Samsung disabled 4K video capture in the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and also disabled 4K video in the Galaxy S9, S9+, and Note 9. Just why in the world would Samsung disable an awesome feature, you might ask? To put their Snapdragon and Exynos versions of the same devices on an “even playing field”, so one doesn’t have the advantage of 4K video capture over the other.
TLDR: Samsung actually disabled 4K video capture in their Exynos variants of the Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+, and Note 9, because the Snapdragon variants of those devices do not support 4K video capture. What a world we live in, when smartphone companies will just disable built-in SoC features because they feel like it.
In any case, thanks to the geniuses over on the XDA forums (user KunkerLV to be specific), there is now a script available to re-enable 4K video capture at 60FPS on the Exynos versions of the Samsung devices. Furthermore, it does not require root.
If you’d like to enable 4K resolution video capture at 60FPS on your Exynos Samsung S8, S8+, S9, S9+, or Note 9, follow the simple steps below.
- One of the Samsung Exynos variant devices mentioned above.
- Rubberbigpepper.IgCamera APK
Begin by downloading and installing the Rubberbigpepper.IgCamera APK on your Samsung device.
Next open the app, go into Settings > Tap the last tab > tap on “Edit Camera Script”.
Paste the following code into the app:
preview-size=%pref_width%x%pref_height% video-size=%video_width%x%video_height% camera-mode=1 cam_mode=1 cam-mode=1 video-hfr=60 preview-fps-range=60000,60000
Now tap on “Apply”, and you will be able to record 4K video resolution!
If you’ve never recorded in 4K video, be warned that it uses a literal ton of space. Just one minute of 4K video can reach up to 375 MB, which means a 10 minute 4K video would be around 3750GB – good luck trying to upload that to cloud storage or YouTube.
If you encounter any problems, leave a comment below – or visit the original thread for this script on the XDA forums.