Rumour: Samsung Galaxy S8 will manage 1000fps slow motion

Alex Kidman 17 March 2017

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Will Samsung’s upcoming premium phone one-up Sony in the slo-mo stakes?

We’re less than a fortnight away from the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8+. We already know plenty about each phone, including the mixed use of the Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8995 processors to run the new devices.

However, a new report from Sammobile suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will ever so slightly one-up Sony’s exceptional Sony Xperia XZ Premium by offering a 1000fps slow motion video mode. Sony’s phone, which it announced at Mobile World Congress 2017, will hit the market after Samsung’s due to the inclusion of the Snapdragon 835 processor. The Xperia XZ can manage slow motion video at up to 960fps.

Samsung appears to be using the same technique as Sony to manage the data storage by adding DRAM to the camera sensor itself, although apparently, it isn’t using the same sensor as Sony.

The Xperia XZ Premium’s slow motion feature was impressive when we went hands-on with it, but it could only record for 0.2 seconds, which is then stretched out over a 6-second playback time. It’s not clear how long the Samsung phones will be able to record in slow motion for, but we’ll know more when Samsung officially launches the phone on 29 March.

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