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Pocophone F1 update adds 960fps slow-mo recording, super low-light mode

Is the POCOphone F1's super slow-mo mode the real deal though? Well, we doubt it very much...

Published onDecember 5, 2018

The front of the POCOphone F1.
  • Xiaomi’s POCOphone F1 has apparently received 960fps super slow-motion video recording in an update.
  • This might not be true 960fps recording though, as the phone’s camera sensor lacks all-important DRAM.
  • The POCOphone F1 update has also delivered a super low-light photography mode.

The Xiaomi POCOphone F1 has received a constant stream of updates since its launch, delivering new features while also fixing plenty of bugs.

Xiaomi’s device has received yet another update this week, according to the MIUI Forum (h/t: FoneArena), bringing 960fps super slow-motion recording and a super low-light photography mode.

This is unlikely to be true 960fps however, as the POCOphone F1’s IMX363 main camera sensor doesn’t feature super-fast DRAM. Phones with true 960fps slow-motion recording generally have DRAM attached to the camera sensor, allowing the device to quickly capture all those frames. Otherwise, your phone will simply get bogged down trying to write all these frames to RAM or storage.

Slow-motion photography resource Hi Speed Cams has also added credence to suspicions of faux 960fps recording by looking at the Mi Mix 3‘s 960fps mode. It tentatively concluded that the slider phone was using interpolation — adding extra frames to give the illusion of a higher framerate. So don’t be surprised if Xiaomi was using the same technique for the POCOphone F1 as it features the same IMX363 sensor as the Mi Mix 3.

Google Pixel 3 Night Sight vs HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro Night Mode
HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro and Google Pixel 3 back

In any event, we’re glad to see the super low-light mode here, reportedly taking eight images at various exposures for a brighter low-light snap. And if it produces results even close to Google and HUAWEI’s night modes, it’ll be a feature worth having.

These aren’t the only POCOphone F1 additions you can expect in the coming months either; the Chinese brand confirmed it was working on 4K/60fps video recording and HD Netflix support.

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