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13 phones that might help you turn 4K into $25K

Dec 17, 2014

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Don’t think your smartphone can shoot video in vivid 4K Ultra HD? Are you sure? The truth is that a number of the leading smartphones that feature the powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 series processors are already capable of 4K video capture.

There’s still time to enter the Snapdragon 4K Video Contest, and we don’t want you to miss your chance to win the $25,000 grand prize just because you didn’t know your phone was 4K-ready. Just in case, we’ve made a list of thirteen 4K Ultra HD capture-enabled devices currently available in the U.S. that you can already buy. And maybe you already have one.

But first, a couple of important reminders to keep in mind with your entry:

  • Remember to film AND upload in 4K Ultra HD: Your phone video recorder most likely defaults to 1080p so be sure to change this in your camera settings. If you’re editing, be sure your finished video is exported in 4K resolution.
  • Avoid filming logos or using music if you don’t have the rights to them
  • Show us the benefits of 4K: 4K shines when showcasing details and colors. These details will pop more with good lighting.
  • You only get 1 submission: Only your first submission is considered, so make it count.

You can read the full contest rules, terms and conditions, then check out these Snapdragon powered 4K video-enabled devices:

Droid Turbo by Motorola

Powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 805 processor, this device provides you with a 21-megapixel camera for recording your 1-2 minute entry.  According to an Engadget.com review, “The 1080p and 4K test footage I captured throughout the week was crisp, attractive and well-exposed.

Nexus 6 from Google

Capturing 4K video on the 13-megapixel camera is easy with this Snapdragon 805 enabled device.  According to a PCPro.com Nexus 6 review, “It’s simple, effective, and not overladen with features, yet it puts most of what you need a tap and swipe or two away.”

Samsung GALAXY Note Edge

Your 4K video will look stunning on this elegantly curved 5.6 inch Quad HD display. According to an Engadget.com GALAXY Note Edge review “All told, it's an excellent camera. The image stabilizing works well on all the neon lights that pepper Tokyo, while even people were neatly captured.”

Samsung GALAXY Note 4

The Samsung GALAXY Note 4, equipped with a Snapdragon 805 processor is designed to offer an amazingly vivid visual experience. According to a CNET.com Galaxy Note 4 review, “Video capture is excellent and is one area where optical image stabilization makes a difference. Videos capture in 1080p HD by default (with a 16:9 aspect ratio), but can go up to Ultra HD 3,840 x 2,160-pixel resolution for 4K video.”

Samsung GALAXY Alpha

With Samsung GALAXY Alpha’s 4K Ultra HD video capture, you can record life’s special moments in all their vivid detail. According to a Techradar.com GALAXY Alpha review, “You also get 4K video recording here, which provides footage with four times the pixel count of 1080p Full HD. The GALAXY Alpha handles this without batting an eyelid.”

Sony Xperia Z3

These waterproof and dust-proof devices run on Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 processors with a mammoth 20.7 megapixel -facing camera. According to a Trustedreviews.com Xperia Z3 review, “You can still shoot 4K video as well and there’s new additions like multi-camera to record the same scene from multiple angles using additional Xperia devices, time lapse videos and to broadcast video live to YouTube.”


The LG G3, with its practical user-centered features and stylishly clean hardware design, is capable of shooting in 4K. According to a Phonearena.com LG G3 review, “[There] stands a great deal of innovative technology, which seamlessly ensures the immaculate presentation of your images.”

Samsung GALAXY S5

The GALAXY S5 dedicates its features to a truly unique user experience. According to a Geek.com GALAXY S5 review, “Long story short, the Galaxy S5 has some serious imaging capabilities.

OnePlus One

The first handset released from OnePlus has received impressive reactions. According to a Engadget.com OnePlus One review, “Video recording here is solid, with up to 4K resolution and a bit rate of 20 Mbps. You can also film in 60 fps slow motion at 1080p and 120 fps at 720p.”

Sony Xperia Z2

Powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor, this device is equipped for an overall superior performance. According to a CNET.com Xperia Z2 review, “The Z2 has a trick up its sleeve in the form of 4K video capture--that's considerably more than the resolution previously available.”

Samsung GALAXY S5 Active

This phone lives up to its name with speedy performance and exceptional battery life that keeps your camera going longer. According to a CNET.com GALAXY S5 Active review, “S5 Active has a terrific 16-megapixel camera stuffed with modes and filters, and a video recorder that can shoot UHD video, up to 2160p.”

LG G Pro 2

This device offers three different slow-motion editing options, and it was the first LG phone to offer an enhanced 13MP camera with optical image stabilizer plus. According to a GSMArena.com LG G Pro 2 review, “The 4K videos are full of detail and run very smoothly - actual frame rate is closer to 29fps, colors are lively and contrast is very good.”

Samsung GALAXY Note 3 (LTE)

This super-fast phone with a large 5.7-inch full HD display is perfect for shooting 4K. According to an Engadget.com Galaxy Note 3 (LTE) review,If you're more of a movie kinda person, you'll likely be more interested in the Note 3's ability to shoot 4K video, and take 120 fps slow mo.”

There’s still time to enter, but don’t wait too long. The contest ends January 16th, and there have already been a number of entries. Be sure to read the full contest rules, terms and conditions before you start shooting.

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