<Android> What phones and tablets do I need for using KineMaster?


KineMaster for Android

KineMaster requires at least Android 4.1, but works best on 5.1 or later.

Due to the large number of Android devices, we cannot list specific devices that are supported. However, in general, capabilities and performance are tied to the type of chipset (also called the System on a Chip or SoC) used in the device.

A good rule of thumb is that the video recording and playback capability of the device should be at least twice that of the video you want to edit. In other words, if you want to edit 1080p 30fps video, the device should be able to handle at least 1080p 60fps video (and it’s even better if it handles 1080p 120fps). This is because KineMaster provides real-time editing preview, which pushes the limits of the device more than simply recording or playing a video.

For best performance, and to make use of Video Layers (Picture-in-Picture, Split-Screen, and Chroma Key), in our experience a device with one of the following chipsets will offer the best results. Note that this list is not exhaustive; other chipsets may be supported as well. In addition, this information is for the most general case for each chipset; performance and support may vary depending on the specific device you are using:

  • For 4K Editing:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 835
    • Huawei Kirin 655 HiSilicon 6250
    • Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895
    • Xiaomi Surge S1
    • Nvidia Tegra X1
  • For UHD (1440p) Editing:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 810, 820, 845
      Note: Some variations of the Snapdragon 808, 810, and 820 chipsets may support 4K editing, but most only support UHD.
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
      Note: The Snapdragon 835 chipset is capable of 4K editing although KineMaster does not support it yet. 
    • Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890
  • For FHD (1080p) Editing:
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
      Note: Some variations of the Snapdragon 805 chipset may support UHD or 4K editing, but most only support FHD (1080p).
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 801
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 626
    • Tegra K1(64bit, T132)
    • Huawei Kirin 950 HiSilicon 3650
    • Huawei Kirin 920 HiSilicon 3630
      Note:  Using video layers on Kirin 920 may result in reduced performance
    • Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
    • MediaTek MT6797, MT8173, MT6752
    • MediaTek MT6735, MT6753, MT8127, MT8163, MY6757
      Note:  Using video layers on MT6735, MT6753, MT8127, MT8163, or MY6757 may result in reduced preview and exporting performance
    • Intel Atom Z3560 (Moorefield)
  • For HD (720p) Editing:
    • Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7580 (720p only)
      Note:  For best results on Exynos 7 Octa 7580, set the export bitrate to maximum when sharing.
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615/616/617/625/650/652 (720p only)

It is important to know that many popular phone and tablet models are manufactured in multiple variations using different chipsets, so if you are planning to buy a device specifically to run KineMaster, please carefully check the chipset in advance.

Please note that Marvell and TI OMAP chipsets are not supported at this time and due to technical limitations we have no current plans to add support.

Although you can use KineMaster with many other chipsets as well, please be aware that we can't make any guarantees whether it will work, so video layers may not be available and you may experience reduced performance in some cases. Please keep this in mind before making any buying decisions in terms of a mobile device if you need it to run KineMaster.

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