Ultra slow motion is almost as important as 4K 60 FPS footage?

This year, as always, phone manufacturers are pushing the hardware on their smartphones up to threshold and beyond, especially when it comes to cameras. While imagery is consistently good among the different brands’ top-tier devices, extra features that challenge the hardware have been introduced. Like 4K recording at 60 FPS, or the new ultra-slow-motion recording at the mind-boggling 960 FPS.

While these are currently features found on the Xperia XZ2, Galaxy S9, and iPhone X, rest assured that the competitors will look to add similar ones to their phones this year. It is at this thought …

4K 60 FPS recording or Super slow motion? Which of these camera features is more important to you?

With smartphones getting pretty even in power and screen quality nowadays, everyone is looking for ways to make their product stand out. We have the good old custom user interfaces doing a complete Android reskin, we’ve also got the ones that rock a pure Android experience and touting it as an advantage. Some are going well out of their way to add AI features where their usefulness is often questioned, and others will look into incorporating a ton of ways to securely lock your phone.

But the good old camera race is still ongoing. Nowadays, since everyone makes cameras that are more or less …

Ninja cat leaps high into the air to catch snowball in sweet slow motion


Individually, cats and snow are already very strong internet fodder. But when you combine the two together, magic happens.

This week, Europe has been hit by cold weather and snowstorms dubbed “The Beast from the East“. Everyone from commuters to pets has been affected. But while some have found shelter indoors, others have been embracing the icy conditions.

Look, here’s an acrobatic feline attempting to catch a snowball in glorious slow motion.

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— Katie Brown (@KatieVEBrown) February 27, 2018 Read more…

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Galaxy S9 and S9+ pre-orders off to a slow start on Samsung's home turf

Despite pretty confident statements coming from Samsung’s DJ Koj earlier this week, it appears that the company’s new flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ haven’t been received with too much enthusiasm in some markets.

South Korea is one of Samsung’s most important markets and, usually, when a product is popular on its home turf, it ends up being successful in many other major markets. Unfortunately, it’s not the case with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, at least not yet.

According to industry watchers cited by SamMobile, Galaxy S9 pre-orders in South Korea fall short of Samsung’s expectations …

The Galaxy S9's Super Slow Motion is fun to toy with (video)

Despite all the arguments that Sony was first with the pimped up slow-mo idea in the Xperia XZ Premium, introducing a 1000fps sensor that packaged its own memory, and was able to store the vast amount of info needed to display Super Slow Motion snippets, it’s still fun to play with this thing on Samsung’s newest Galaxy S9 and S9+. 
Granted, the Xperia XZ2 and Compact do 960fps@1080p now, while the Galaxies do it at 720p, but the effect is still marvelous, and , let’s face it, more S9 and S9+ phones will land in the hands of consumers than the …

Samsung unveils the new 12MP sensor that lets Galaxy S9 do its Super Slow Motion magic

Samsung has a brand new camera sensor in the Galaxy S9 and S9+, and it just detailed all of its specs, putting to rest all speculation how does it do the Super Slow Motion capture that allows its new flagships to record 720p clips with 960fps.

Basically, the new 12MP Samsung ISOCELL Fast 2L3, which is already in mass production (duh), has its own stack of fast DDR4 memory attached under the typical analog logic layer that processes the electric signal coming from the pixel array layer above it, into digital code. The 3-stack setup is needed …

The S9+ price and features leak again: Super Slow Motion, Super Low Light, and an iPhone X tag

Hot on the heels of the Galaxy S9 and S9+ pricing leak from Evan Blass comes another revelation that Samsung will go all in with the tags of its upcoming flagships, this time coming from Spain. 

The promo leaflet from a local bank insider shows final pricing of 849 EUR and 1000 EUR, but does warn that the information is based on what is already leaked in the press, so it isn’t clear if they mean the specs, or the phones’ pricing. The amounts jibe in with the 841 EUR and 997 EUR tags that Mr Blass posted, though, so it’s probably the 900fps Super Slow Motion and f/1.5 aprture …

Apple's slow iPhone X sales are hurting Samsung too


It’s not just Apple feeling the effects of lackluster iPhone X sales.

Samsung is also now grappling with the same problem. Since Apple relies on the Korean tech giant for the iPhone X’s expensive display panels, it is now searching for a new buyer, according to a report from Nikkei.

This new development follows earlier reports that Apple was cutting production of the iPhone X after slowing sales. 

The problem for Samsung, though, is that it’s proving more difficult than expected to find takers for the leftover OLED display panels originally intended for the iPhone X. Nikkei reports that Samsung had been counting on other smartphone-makers to follow Apple’s lead and start using the more expensive OLED displays. Read more…

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Report says slow Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus sales will lead to as much as a 30% cut in orders to suppliers

While some analysts are telling clients that the 2017 iPhone models are selling well, supply chain sources have another story to tell. These guys are in the trenches and might have a closer view at what is really going on compared to an analyst sitting in a tall skyscraper on Wall Street. According to these supply chain sources, component suppliers could find Q1 2018 orders from Apple sliced by 15% to 30% compared to a typical first quarter.

Some argue that the lower orders to the supply chain is due to seasonal factors, such as the Lunar New Year holiday, which will drop factory utilization …

Samsung and LG also confirm they do not slow down phones with older batteries

Two of the biggest Android phone makers – Samsung and LG – have just confirmed that they do not slow down phones with older batteries, a tactic that Apple has admitted it uses on some iPhones with aging batteries to prevent them from unexpected shutdowns.
In emails to PhoneArena the companies denied ever reducing the speed of the processor in its phones and LG explicitly committed it “never will” do slow down its phones.
Here are the official comments by the two companies:
LG Electronics, Inc.: …