With so many rumors, leaks and post release impressions and hands on, we thought that there isn’t anything more left to the Galaxy S4 that is unknown to us. Turns out, there’s this one other thing that no one seemed to notice before. The latest flagship from Samsung includes support for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC).
HEVC folks, is a video coding standard and is the successor to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding) that is in use presently. HEVC is said to improve video quality, double the data compression ratio compared to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, and can support 8K UHD and resolutions up to 8192×4320. Not that there isn’t ample storage space on the Galaxy S4, but hey, having more videos on the phone can only help kill time better. Not only that, but the new codec will also allow faster buffering of online videos and will bring down the minimum internet speed required for streaming full HD videos down to 2-2.5 Mbps from the current 5 Mbps.
While only a handful of devices currently support the new codec, Samsung Galaxy S4 takes the title of the first phone to support it. And with the huge sales figures we’re expecting for this phone, it will only give a further push to the quicker adoption of H.265.