Slo-Mo Video And Other Samsung Galaxy S8 Rumors Not Happening

Peter Will

Specification leaks of the Samsung Galaxy S8 have told us everything there is to know about the device. Given that most rumors have been confirmed by numerous reports, can Samsung still throw us a surprise? Turns out, the South Korean tech giant indeed can.

Starting with the rumors themselves, it needs to be pointed out that among the most widely speculated features of the device was the inclusion of 1,000 frames per second slow-motion recording facility. This feature would have given the Galaxy S8 a distinctive edge, as CNET described.

"A 1,000fps video frame rate would leave other flagship phones in the dust -- that'd be over eight times faster than the iPhone 7, which records slow-motion 1080p video at 120fps (and 720p video at 240fps). It would also surpass the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, which shoots slow-motion video at a max of 960fps."

Recording at 1,000 frames per second can help see details that captures at lower frame rates cannot show. A high rate capture gathers more images than a low frames-per-second recording. Slow-motion capture is extensively used while filming stunts or adventure sport and if included in the Galaxy S8, could have endeared the phone to the enthusiast.

The other big disappointment - all reports just three days before the unveiling event, suggest that Samsung will ship the Galaxy S8 with 3,000 mAh batteries. While this rumor has been around consistently for long, hopes of a larger battery persisted given that this year's flagship comes with displays significantly larger than those of Samsung Galaxy S7. The Galaxy S8 reportedly features a 6.2-inch display. The battery capacities are likely to remain similar to last year's Galaxy S flagships.

Samsung may also skip releasing a version of the Galaxy S8 with 6 GB RAM in Korea and China, which noted KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo had earlier termed "RAM sensitive markets." Instead, the latest rumors suggest the device maker will globally launch the phone with 4 GB RAM.

However, Samsung could still throw a surprise at its unveiling event on March 29. While everything there is to know about the Galaxy S8's hardware has been leaked, software rumors have not been exhaustive. What is however known is that the new AI assistant Bixby and a dedicated button for it, which a Reddit user termed "gimmicky." As Forbes points out, little is known about improvements made to TouchWiz and how it performs with the new displays that Samsung is set to debut.

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