In a bid to address the long-standing issue of low-resolution images and videos on popular messaging apps like Instagram and WhatsApp, WhatsApp is taking a significant step forward by testing a feature that allows users to select higher resolutions for sending images. The availability of this feature in the beta version (188.8.131.52) of WhatsApp is a promising development for users seeking improved visual quality.
With the introduction of this feature, users can now choose the HD option at the top of an image, elevating the resolution to an impressive 4,096 x 2,692 pixels (11MP) compared to the standard quality's resolution of 1,600 x 1,052 pixels (1.6MP). This advancement in image resolution surpasses the commonly used 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) found in high-end TVs, monitors, and laptops.
While this feature enhances the quality of shared images, it should be noted that sending higher-resolution images will require more time and data due to the increased file size. Nevertheless, this update empowers users with the choice to send high-quality images, preserving the integrity of their captured memories.
It is hoped that WhatsApp will introduce a similar higher resolution setting for videos in the near future, further enhancing the overall media sharing experience. Notably, iPhone users can also anticipate a comparable feature, as the HD option on iPhones will offer a resolution of 4,032 x 2,268 pixels (9.1MP). While this slightly falls short of the 11MP resolution available on Android devices, it still represents a significant improvement in image quality for iOS users.
Given that the feature is already accessible to those using the beta version of WhatsApp, it is expected to be released soon in a stable form, allowing all users to benefit from enhanced image quality. The rollout of this new feature is anticipated to occur within the next few weeks, offering users a heightened visual experience when sharing images on WhatsApp.