The Huawei P20 Pro has a unique digital camera setup, but the phone’s video recording capabilities are not quite up to par with its impressive nevertheless image prowess. However, an upcoming firmware update may be aiming to deal with this, or at least supplement P20 Pro’s video capturing capabilities with a new ultra slow-motion mode that will reportedly allow customers to capture movies in up to 960 structures per second. The upcoming feature was spotted by the folks over at XDA and will supposedly be producing its way onto the triple-cam smartphone later this year.
Earlier in the year, Samsung heavily publicised a similar feature on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ with its “Camera reimagined” campaign, while Sony stepped their game even additional by introducing 960fps video recording at 1080p. For reference, the S9 and S9+ can also do 960fps but it’s capped at 720p resolution.
As smartphone chipsets become more sophisticated this kind of functions are becoming more commonplace, so it’s not a big surprise that Huawei is also planning to implement anything similar in its latest flagship phone. We’ve got no information currently on how slow-motion video recording will be implemented in the P20 Pro, or what its maximum output resolution will be, but we’re more inclined to believe that it will be a 720p affair, instead of Full HD.
Other than that, much like on the Galaxy S9 models and Xperia phones, Huawei’s take on slow-motion video recording will also likely be limited to capturing a fraction of a second’s footage at a time. This may not seem like a lot, but at 960fps, you can stretch 0.1 seconds to a 5 or six second-long clip.
Another alter coming in the update, discovered by the XDA community, is a revamped zoom interface which will allow customers to swipe in the digital camera viewfinder to easily zoom in and out on a target. This feature will presumably act similarly to LG’s Point Zoom feature.