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What’s next in the 4K Ultra HD ecosystem

Nov 25, 2014

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4K Ultra HD video looks fantastic—loaded with 4x more pixels than HD video, which makes it 4x sharper. And now, smartphones and tablets with the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 series processors give you the ability to capture videos in stunning 4K (you can view a running list of Snapdragon powered 4K Ultra HD capable devices here.)

The Snapdragon processor has helped lead the mobile 4K Ultra HD revolution by getting this bleeding-edge technology into devices in 2013. But in order for 4K to become truly mainstream, you'll need the tools to share and display 4K.

When is this 4K ecosystem coming?

"It's already happening" says Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research. His technology forecasting firm has researched and written extensively on 4K technologies and ecosystem.

I had a chance to chat with him last month at a Qualcomm hosted event inside New York City’s Museum of Natural History. The event, dubbed “Night at the Ultra HD Museum,” was jam packed with 4K Ultra HD demos and conversations with 4K film makers including "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn.

"4K is happening faster than any consumer product has ever happened in the past," said Peddie. He doesn't see it slowing down either. "There's already streaming 4K...all the movies have already been mastered in 4 and 5K...YouTube has already created a special channel for 4K." (Also, anybody can upload their 4K videos to YouTube and share them in 4K.)

"Everyone who has 4K phones, which is just going to be about everybody, is just going to start uploading 4K videos to YouTube—we're going to be flooded with 4K content," Peddie proclaimed. He and his firm offer detailed information about the dropping price in 4K TVs, streaming services and 4K industry projections which you can read on his website and in the video above.

In the meantime, don’t miss out on your chance to share your own 4K Ultra HD vision in our 4K Video contest. You could win the top prize of $25K (read the full terms and conditions here).

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