The team over at XDA Developers spent some time poring through code contained in the latest software of currently-available Samsung smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Samsung Galaxy S9. It found some interesting references to as-yet-unavailable camera features, which likely will debut in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.
XDA has done this before, accurately predicting the launch of the Galaxy S9’s Intelligent Scan feature and the Bluetooth-enabled S Pen on the Galaxy Note 9 well before those devices hit the market.
To be clear, it’s not guaranteed that the code references will definitely appear with the Samsung Galaxy S10 camera. However, the likelihood is pretty high that the referenced features will appear at some point.
What did XDA find, you ask? The most notable feature it found is referenced as “SUPER_SLOW_MOTION_CAMERA_RESOLUTION_FHD.” This suggests a new slow-motion capture feature is on the way which will record at 1080p. Currently, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 are capped at 720p for recording slow-motion footage.
Additionally, the team found evidence to suggest that the 0.2- and 0.4-second limits for slow-motion recording will be extended to 0.8 seconds.
Another cool reference discovered is the support for filming HDR10+ video content. Unfortunately, XDA couldn’t find any references to resolution or frame rate for HDR10+ video.
Video isn’t the only thing likely to get some love: XDA also found references to a range of bokeh effects for still images. Using these new effects, you’ll be able to change background focus, make parts of the photo black-and-white, or even create artificial lighting sources for your photos.
XDA breaks down everything they found here, which also includes HEIF image format support, wide-angle video recording, beautification effects, automatic shutter buttons, and more. Just be aware that it may come to be that some of these features won’t see a full release.