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Qualcomm admits error on Samsung Galaxy S4 video capture specs

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Qualcomm admits error on Samsung Galaxy S4 video capture specs
The Samsung Galaxy S4 does not capture FHD video at 60fps

The Samsung Galaxy S4 does not capture FHD video at 60fps

Last week, Qualcomm posted on its blog some of the features of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4. Among those features was the ability of the upcoming flagship model to use the 13MP camera on back to capture video in 1080p at an astonishing 60fps. This was a feature that Samsung had not mentioned, and considering that no smartphone in history had ever launched with the ability to record FHD video at such a frame rate, you would expect Samsung to make a big deal about this.

Either Samsung did not promote a feature that should have been in every press release issued by the Korean manufacturer, or Qualcomm made a mistake. Well as it turned out, it was the latter. Qualcomm returned our call on Wednesday and we can sum up their response to our inquiry with one word,"Oops". According to a Qualcomm spokeswoman, someone writing the blog for the silicon slinger mistakenly upped the specs on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

We're sure that someday, Samsung will have a phone that offers 1080p video at 60 fps, but it is not now. The Samsung Galaxy S4 captures 1080p video at 30fps.

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posted on 27 Mar 2013, 23:31 29

1. Floorkill22 (Posts: 20; Member since: 24 Mar 2013)


No big deal. The s4 is still an amazing phone.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 02:15 13

17. vladd100 (Posts: 56; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


now that's what i call :samyboy

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 03:14 10

23. tech2 (Posts: 1337; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Why samboy ?

Just because he said S4 still has a good camera because it does not have a feature (which BTW no other phone has) in S4 (which was not even promoted by Samsung) ?

Its Qualcomm's fault not Samsung's. How does this make Samsung's camera 'not amazing' ?

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 04:11 9

26. AamirSIII (banned) (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


whats wrong in being a fanboy of the best device in the world?? i guess thats quite natural and human behavior...

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 09:14 1

31. teerex42 (Posts: 103; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


exactly, these other people like the (yawn) icrap. They don't realize the Galaxy S2 was better than the latest icrap, let alone when the S4 comes out. There is no comparison!!!!!!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 23:36 22

2. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1037; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Even though I almost NEVER record videos, that would have been cool bonus.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 23:36 14

3. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


Its still amazing to see how a company like qualcom can make such error.....really amazing!!!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 01:15 2

12. oying24 (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


its not qualcomm's fault.. it's all on media's exaggerated blog posts (as usual and expected) BS medias!!!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 23:39 19

4. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 4852; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Its ok, the S4 is still a beasty phone.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 23:51 8

5. winddroid (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


The new Qualcomm 600 SOC supports 1080p at 30 fps but also supports 720p at 60 fps.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 23:54 8

6. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Thats sad but Galaxy S IV is charming.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 00:02 10

7. Sangeet (Posts: 225; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Anyways who the hell needs 60fps in reality when even our eyes max out at 24fps, even our eyes cannot distinguish that far, so chill

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 00:06 3

8. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


You do notice a little difference between 30 fps and 60 fps, fps seems to flow much smoother

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 05:54

30. Sangeet (Posts: 225; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Even the movies DVD's that are sold has a frame rate of 24fps, Science says that human eye cannot distinguish any activity that happens quicker than 1/24th of a second, that means for a second 24fps is good enough.

There is not at all any difference to the human eyes, i can assure that to you

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 11:23

32. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)


I can assure that Sangeet is wrong. Traditional films were shot at 24fps and it gives it that film look. That's as far as you are correct.

The issue here is that the number of frames humans see is variable and in times of stress can go up to 60fps or more. When super relaxed you may go as low as 10. That being said, it's important to remember that this is a very simple explanation. Our brains fill in a lot of blanks and only update every so often for new information.

Ever here someone say "It felt like slow motion"? This is because they get stressed and take in more.

And even if the thing about about the eyes not distinguishing activities that fast is somehow true (I've never heard of it) people are very sensitive to motion and will notice the lower frame rate.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 00:39 5

9. nobelset (Posts: 265; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Bitch please I play LOL at 20 fps and never got a disadvantage because of the low frame rate, other than the occasional fps lag

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 01:32 2

13. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


30 fps = lag, play at 60 fps or higher you will change your mind I find under 40 unplayable

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 03:12

21. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Yeah, i'm able "withstand" it because I don't have a better GPU and kind of gotten used to it.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 01:02

11. asingha94 (Posts: 270; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


Haha!!30 fps also is enough!!that is a useless feature..Better reduce the fps & make the video quality better..!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 01:34

14. HDShatter (Posts: 1014; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


30 fps is bad, most new tvs are 120hz, same for monitors. You may not think 30 fps is bad, play a game on pc at 60 fps or higher then try to play it on an xbox 360 which runs at 30fps, the xbox 360 will feel laggy and slow.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 03:14

22. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


It doesn't feel laggy or slow, you just notice a pretty prominent difference. 30 fps is the best for stock stand anything, i'll wait for next gen consoles, not bothered updating my PC, too much of a hassle.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 03:34

24. asingha94 (Posts: 270; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


We are not talking about game...talking about camera!!human eye hardly differentiate the 60 or 30fps...!!you can feel the difference while playing game but for the person watching monitor would be nothing different..

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 04:50

27. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


Yeah, sorry, was wafting on about something else. That's true, but in the future 60 fps video capture from phones would be a nice addition.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 04:56

28. asingha94 (Posts: 270; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


Yeah!!new things always accepted!!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 03:35

25. lukasound (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


playing games and recording video are two completely different things!
hollywood movies are filmed at 24 fps (except for Hobbit which was a failed experiment and had more to do with the 3D effect in the first place)
video quality is about rolling shutter, light sensitivity, interpolation, optical elements, stabilizer, image processor... and not crazy high fps. higher fps is great for slow motion.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 02:22

19. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 948; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


It's only for slow motion effects that a faster frame rate comes in handy. No big deal, though, and most people are not going to bother doing such editing tricks with video from their smartphones!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 00:55 2

10. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3661; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Oh well, it must have been 720p that was at 60 fps that the S600 was capable of.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 01:44 3

15. Erthling (Posts: 15; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


All the new phones with the Qualcomm S600 chip shoot 720p at 60fps, not just the S4...
Heck, even the LG Optimus G from last year can too!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 02:14 1

16. vladd100 (Posts: 56; Member since: 12 Jul 2012)


samsung should've been sued for its fake marketing !!

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 02:55 4

20. baldilocks (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


You should be sued for poor reading comprehension. Qualcomm is the one who made the mistake, not Samsung.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 02:19 2

18. hipnotika (Posts: 177; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


poor samsung

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 05:18

29. Pedro0x (Posts: 270; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)


Can Exynos 5410 octa record 60 fps? How much power would you need for capturing a video in 60 fps?

posted on 31 Mar 2013, 10:35

33. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


Does the s4 record atleast 720p videos at that rate then?

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