Did you know: 4K 120fps slow-motion video recording is coming to smartphones in 2016


There is nothing that can make a mundane video look stunning as simply shooting it in slow motion: you get to discover all the subtleties of time, and for reasons that are hard to define, everyone seems to love watching videos in slo-mo. Plus, it just acts as an inspiration to do crazy things in front of the camera only to see them in slow motion, so the fun is guaranteed.

Good news is that we’ll have a lot better-looking slow motion videos in 2016.

ARM’s new Cortex-A72 chip will be able to record videos of the super-detailed 4K (UHD) video resolution at 120 frames per second. This compares to current-day smartphones being able to record 4K for only as long as 5 minutes, and as much as 30 frames per second.

Having the option to record 120fps in 4K means that video footage can be slowed down up to 5 times (to a cinematic 24fps), without losing any of the amazing detail of the 4K resolution.

Right now, the Apple iPhone 6 is the only handset that can record slow motion of the eye-catching 240fps, or an 8x slow-down, while most other Android flagship phones record slo-mo at 120fps and 720p. Currently, you also have the option to record 1080p at 60fps, and using post-processing this can be slowed down some two times.

source: ARM

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22 Comments

1. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Galaxy note 5 maybe

2. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

or nahh

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5810; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

If it can record 120 fps slow mo can it also record 120 fps normal video right? I'd be disappointed if we're still recording 4K at only 30 fps in 2016 Also its about time all out TV shows, sports and movies are 4K 60 fps or 4K 120 fps

15. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Yes it records 120fps "normal". By slowing the "playback" of the 120fps video down to say 24fps or 30fps or 60fps will give you the slow motion effect. You don't record in slow motion. lolz. The recording speed divided by the playback speed will give you the effected slow-mo speed: eg 60fps playback would effectively give you 2x slow-mo (half speed) 120 divided by 60 = 2, 30fps would give 4x slow-mo (quarter speed), 24fps would give you 5x slow-mo (1/5 speed).

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5810; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Sorry poor wording from me I meant can it play 4K 120 fps video in normal time But I guess phones also need 120 Hz displays to truly benefit from 120 fps video

18. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

or you could output to an external 120Hz monitor

3. penguinbelly

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

What good is slow-mo video for? I scratched my head when I first heard of it and I still do not get it. It sounds like a quintessential gimmick.

4. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

http://youtu.be/u_8F4hcbwo4 It's good when you want to see certain parts in slow-mo..duh

5. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

That's almost a billion pixels per second, and that does't factor in the way the pixels are arranged. This is going to take a lot of processing power and battery life and hopefully our storage will be able to keep up.

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Brute image signal processing has more than doubled for smartphones over the last year. Yet there are new smartphones that won't last you a day. Still.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5810; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

This is why thinner and thinner phones and protruding cameras need to end

7. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Did you know I don't have a 4k TV yet? XD

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5810; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

My TV content isn't even 1080p yet Its 720p, the cable company wants me to pay extra for 1080p

22. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Tell your cable company to f*** themselves. I cut my cable 2 years ago and I have no regrets. Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and channels from Roku have enough contents for me to watch. Even though i tend to be on my computer most of the time.

8. Ikechukwu

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Did you also know I might use this once :v

9. XperiaX

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

wondering how large will the size be... 1min = 1gb?

16. Dattack

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Nah, even bigger.

10. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

did you know if the quality control is same as now where 720 120fps looks horrible losses detail not in quality like 720p (30p)normal so i m not gona count it as a feature

11. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Interesting !! .. But the default storage capacity is still majorly at around 16GB only !! And almost no ground-breaking innovation (except fast charging) in Battery department; still stand as a BIG problem !!

19. AlikMalix unregistered

Rather have 240fps slo-mo at 1080p (for example) than 120fps at 4k which I cannoy see the difference. Been enjoying the 120fps slo-mo's with home videos for a year and a half now - awesome feature.

20. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Hmm well an upside of this, is that the sensors are becoming much better in handling light, so rather then go "ooh slow motion" I personally am going "Ooh potential better low light/night handling"

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The question will be, is android built on a platform that will be able to actually save files larger than the current limitation. And why they only record 5mins at 4k.

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