YouTube app delivers 4K videos for Android, even without a 4K display
Up until now, higher resolutions for videos were only reserved for higher-resolution displays in cell phones, but that will change with a server-side update of the app on Android smartphones. The YouTube app now also delivers 4K videos for you, even if you don’t have a 4K display installed in your mobile phone. However, the function is currently only offered to certain models, even if a large number can now access the new function. We have not yet been able to discover this on a Huawei Mate 9, but on a Xiaomi Poco X3
The change has some advantages, of course, because the content is delivered in higher bit rates, which ensures a better representation even on displays with a significantly lower resolution. In addition, you can now also stream 4K videos directly from your mobile phone to other devices, provided the function supports it and the higher resolution can then be used. With the new function, you can also use 4K videos in 60 frames per second and HDR.
You can already check your smartphone to see whether the new function has already reached you. It would also be interesting to know whether significantly weaker models in the middle or even entry-level class are able to handle the high-resolution content from YouTube. Our test device of the Poco X3