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Samsung Galaxy S24 series was launched with several unique features and one of them was Instant Slow-Mo. This feature allows you to record in slow motion by simply pressing and holding the recorded video or watch it in slow motion without having to manually edit the effect. So far, this feature has only been applied to the newly released Galaxy S24 series, including the vanilla Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+, and Galaxy S24 Ultra. But now Samsung is extending this to older phones as well.

On February 13th, a moderator announced the development at Samsung’s official Korean community forum. After sharing details about the feature, the company announced that up to eight older smartphones will soon support the Instant Slow-Mo feature. These include Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy Tab S9, Galaxy Tab S9+, Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, Galaxy Z Flip 5, and Galaxy Z Fold 5.

As to why only these eight are needed, the post explains that this feature requires powerful neural processing units (NPUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs) with a minimum processing speed of 16.6 milliseconds for 60fps video. Incidentally, all eight listed smartphones are powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which appears to be the minimum threshold for this feature. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that this feature will apply to Samsung phones running on older or less powerful processors.

Interestingly, Samsung describes the Instant Slow-Mo feature as “Time Zoom.” In the post, the moderator explained that similar to spatial zoom for still images, which allows users to stretch the image to see more details, the slow motion feature increases the time taken between each frame of the video so users can see it. Fine details in motion make it appear as if it is slowing down. The post doesn’t mention when this feature might come to older phones. However, some reports suggest that One UI 6.1 update is expected next month.

The Instant Slow-Mo feature currently only supports 8-bit video captured in 720p to 8K resolution and MP4 file format. The post also highlighted that the South Korean tech giant plans to improve this feature and may even add support for 480p resolution and 10-bit videos shot in MOV file format.

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