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Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra doesn’t offer true 960fps slow-mo

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra doesn’t offer true 960fps slow-mo

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Samsung is likely one of the few smartphone producers providing native 960fps tremendous slow-motion capabilities, being joined by Sony on this regard. Unfortunately, the corporate has silently confirmed that whereas the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus help native tremendous slow-mo, the $1,399 Galaxy S20 Ultra doesn’t.

Samsung posted the disclaimer on the backside of its Galaxy S20 sequence spec sheet on its web site (noticed by XDA‘s Max Weinbach), detailing the completely different takes on the mode.

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“Super Slow-mo on Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus supports FHD resolution and HD resolution on Galaxy S20 Ultra. On Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus, users can record approximately one second of video captured at up to 960 fps with approximately 32 seconds of playback,” reads an excerpt of the disclaimer.

“On Galaxy S20 Ultra, users can record approximately one second of video captured at 480 fps and digitally enhance the video to 960 fps with approximately 32 seconds of playback.”

This implies that the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s tackle 960fps tremendous slow-motion is technically inferior to the native choices on the S20 and S20 Plus. This is as a result of half the frames within the S20 Ultra’s slow-mo clips will primarily be duplicates, and will end in noticeable ghosting and judder (relying on Samsung’s processing).

Why is that this the case?

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The almost certainly cause for the Galaxy S20 Ultra taking the software-enhanced route is as a result of the cellphone’s 108MP sensor (dubbed ISOCELL Bright HM1) doesn’t have the DRAM required for native 960fps recording. The ISOCELL Bright HM1 web site doesn’t checklist DRAM help, and notes that the sensor tops out at 240fps recording at 1080p high quality (presumably 480fps at 720p). Meanwhile, the opposite two Galaxy S20 variants offer 12MP sensors that ostensably have the quick reminiscence required.

Word of this limitation additionally comes after Qualcomm introduced that its Snapdragon 865 chipset helps primarily “unlimited” 960fps video recording (whatever the picture sensor getting used). It would seem that the Exynos 990 doesn’t help this functionality although, and Samsung due to this fact might have ditched it on all Galaxy S20 variants.

This wouldn’t be the primary time Samsung ditched video recording choices on its flagships to keep up parity between Snapdragon and Exynos variants although.

The firm’s Exynos 9820 sequence supported 8K recording final yr, however the Snapdragon 855 sequence didn’t, so we didn’t see this characteristic on any S10 sequence telephones. Going again even additional, 2017’s Exynos 8895 (seen on the Galaxy S8 sequence) supplied 4k/60fps capabilities however the Snapdragon 835 lacked this characteristic. This meant the characteristic wasn’t accessible in any official capability on the S8 sequence.

What do you make of the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s tremendous gradual mo capabilities? Give us your ideas beneath.

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