Looks like the rumors got it wrong again in regards to the 240fps for the Samsung Galaxy S6. They did however hit it with the 720p at 120fps slow motion mode for both the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 phones. This is basically the same spec most high end phones that did slow motion sported. What broke the trend is the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with 240fps at 720p.
Video Comparing the Galaxy S6 slowmo vs the iPhone 6 by Newsgeek.it:
Both new phones however have better processing and an impressive new camera combo that performs better for all scenarios compared to their predecessors. It will be some time before large comparative samples come out for the stills of both phones but it is clear from the videos that the slow motion on the Galaxy S6 is improved in quality and detail with less artifacts. More samples are needed to fully evaluate the quality but at first look it’s a step in the right direction.
Galaxy S6 Slow motion Vertical video by PCH Videos:
The Samsung Galaxy S6 has optical image stabilization and a lower pixel count which will help in low light. The image samples so far look very good and maybe a new benchmark for phone picture quality will be set by this camera. It looks to go head to head with the iPhone 6 Plus and maybe beat it. Apple’s replacement 6s is rumored to be announced in September with 2GB of Memory instead of the 6’s 1GB which might bring even better performance in video and possibly 4k. As for slow motion, we doubt Apple will introduce higher frame rates than 240fps but resolution wise it might improve to 1080p instead of 720p when it comes to high frame rate modes.
The One M9 promises to have a Pro RAW picture mode when it ships as an update in software but we can’t be too excited due to the overly cramped pixels on it’s sensor at 20MP. Low light will not be ideal with this phone.
HTC One M9 Quick Look by Android Authority:
All in all looks like the HTC One M9 is a decent phone with a good but not great rear camera but the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge seem to be the most capable hardware right off the bat. It is a shame 240fps was not included in the upgrade to compete directly with the iPhone 6 but with the arrival of the Mediatek 480fps 1080p Phones from China this year, Apple will not hold the mobile slow motion crowd for long.
We’ll have more slow motion samples and rate both phones on our guide list as they become available.