Samsung is definitely going through a ton of blueprints. As 2019 nears, clues regarding Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S10 seem to be leaking through a number of cracks but there’s one feature that seems to be sticking through since last year. And that’s 4k/120FPS recording.
As we all know, the Samsung Galaxy S10 would most likely be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 9820. Its predecessor, the Exynos 9810 (the SoC of choice for the Galaxy S9 and Note 9), had a ton of hype going following it. Months before the Galaxy S9’s announcement, Samsung announced some key details and features the Exynos 9810 was capable of and it seemed like they were right on track. Samsung said that the “then” new Exynos 9810 would feature 40% faster multi-core performance, better video encoding, better power efficiency and a whole lot more. What did stand out from the Exynos 9810’s highlight reel was the fact that Samsung had confirmed that the Exynos 9810 would be able to record 4K, that too, at 120FPS.
Devices such as the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 were the final devices to lay off the 4K/30FPS amendment as processing power in SoCs begun to really shine. Powered by the Snapdragon 835 at the time, the Galaxy S8 and Note 8 lacked support to record 4k/60FPS (until recently, where developers have found an unofficial way to enable 4k/60FPS recording on the S8 and Note 8). With the announcement of the Exynos 9810 making its way around the corner, tech enthusiasts were going absurd as they found that the Exynos 9810 wasn’t only capable of recording 4k at 60FPS, but was able to take it even further to 120FPS. Following the announcement of the Exynos 9810, surprise and disappointment ensued as Samsung finally announced the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus without 4k/120FPS support.
Following the standardized trend of the Snapdragon 845, the Galaxy S9 and Note 9, like many other Snapdragon 845-powered smartphones, recorded 4k at 60FPS. While many folks haven’t been vocal about it and Samsung simply pushed it under a rug, the question is, why would they do it? Well, to us, it seems like it all had to do with parity. You see, Samsung launched two variants of their devices globally. The North American variant usually packs the latest Snapdragon flagship SoC while the Asian variant of the device packs Samsung’s latest in-house Exynos SoC.
With Samsung prepping the successor to the Exynos 9810, dubbed as the Exynos 9820, we have huge hopes from Samsung this time around. The Galaxy S10 would mark the 10th installment from the S-series making their way into their catalog of flagships. With the help of even faster processing speeds and improved internals, hopefully, Samsung would be able to pull this off, at least now that we’re urging to see it happen.
There’s still a lot to uncover regarding the Galaxy S10 as we close our 2018 register. Based on leaks and rumors so far we’ve learned that the Galaxy S10 would pack a triple camera setup, an under-display fingerprint sensor and may possibly come with up to 12GB RAM and a much larger battery. Rumors and leaks have also suggested that the Galaxy S10 would come in three variants, codenamed as beyond and that the Exynos 9820 would pack two high-performance cores, two mid-range cores, and four power-efficient cores. However, only time would tell how much of that comes out to be true, so yeah, take everything with a grain of salt.