Slow Motion Video Recording Is Broken on the Snapdragon 820 Powered Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge - camera/sensors view

It is widely known that Samsung ships the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor in the United States, and with its own in-house Exynos 8890 chipset in almost every other market of the world.

Both these chips are very different from each other, with the Snapdragon 820 being a quad-core chip and the Exynos 8890 being an octa-core chip. Despite some major differences between the two, both variants of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge offer almost the same level of performance for day to day usage and in terms of battery life.

However, it seems like there is one area where the Snapdragon 820 powered Galaxy S7 is lagging behind its Exynos 8890 sibling — at least when it comes to day to day usage. Many Galaxy S7 and S7 edge owners in the United States have been complaining about the poor slo-mo video recording capabilities of the handset. The phone skips frames while recording videos, and in some cases, it is completely unable to focus on an object.

The same issue, however, is not present on the Exynos 8890 variant of the handset. The exact reason behind this issue is not yet clear, but it is possible that it is just a bug in the current firmware of the Snapdragon 820 powered Galaxy S7 and S7 edge that will be fix by Samsung in a future OTA update. The company has not yet commented on this matter and responded to user’ feedback on this issue.

It can be argued that this is just a minor bug that Samsung will eventually fix with a software update. But I personally think that these kind of bugs on a premium $700 smartphone are simply unacceptable in this day and age.

[Via Reddit]