Originally Posted by Thirumalai.K
Even if the Qualcomm ships a SoC that's capable of decoding 10bit HEVC, it has to be implemented on the OEM side as well.
There are many device in which chipsets are capable of decoding HEVC 10bit. As OEMs has to pay the patent costs, some of them do not implement it. So, commenting based on a chipset specification is useless. Need to check the device directly to know it's actual capabilities.
Makes sense, thanks for the info. I had a Galaxy S7 Active last year for a short period of time, that - having the Snapdragon 820 - handled HEVC 10-bit with no issues and HW+ with MX Player Pro, I kinda miss that device nowadays. I still have this G4 of mine which of course is just HEVC capable and that's fine overall but as most of know the majority of movies "out there" nowadays are being encoded with HEVC 10-bit so that does become a sticky point I suppose.
If I had a 12-core monster CPU powered beast desktop I wouldn't care and I'd encode my own Blu-rays to HEVC 8-bit since I don't really give a damn about the minor benefits 10-bit offers (they end up being basically the same size overall and looking the same to my half-century old eyes now). I can do pretty fast h.264/x264 accelerated encoding I suppose that looks well enough till some device comes along that I actually like. So far there really hasn't been anything that's out today or coming in the near future that I give a damn about, sadly.
The G4 is still my perfect smartphone even with the risk of a bootloop (and I'm still under factory warranty for a repair so I don't worry about it).
Anyway, thanks for the response.