Later this year, Vivo will introduce its newest flagship X90 series smartphone, and the company has already demonstrated the capabilities of the device’s camera. The brand unveiled their in-house V2 Image Signal Processor (ISP) and their partnership with Zeiss at their annual imaging conference. Vivo and Zeiss have been working diligently for the past few months to create the camera technology for the upcoming X90 series of flagships.
Vivo claims to have inserted a new 1-inch sensor whose photosensitive capability will be 77% greater than that of the 1/1.3-inch Samsung ISOCELL GNV. The company has created specific algorithms to get the greatest portrait and nighttime photographs from this new sensor. The X90 series will join a group of upcoming flagships using this potential 1-inch Sony-made IMX989 sensor.
Some of the technologies the company debuted at its imaging strategy conference include an Ultra-Clear Image Quality Engine, a Super-sensing portrait system, and Sky Night View System.
Ultra-Clear Image Quality Engine
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The Ultra-Clear Image Quality Engine, created by Vivo, is a super-resolution algorithm that recovers around 35% of the data that was lost due to optical flaws using a virtual model of the lens. To further enhance image quality and dynamic range, a multi-frame option is offered. This is particularly beneficial for periscope lenses.
Super-sensing Portrait System
Vivo has created a technology called Super-sensing portrait because it takes portrait photography seriously. The initial stage of this three-part method analyses the scene and identifies 103 facial feature points as well as the location of the subject. While one portion adjusts many knobs to change the background, the other part adds machine-learning beauty filters to the subject (blur, tone, brightness, etc.). Vivo and Zeiss are working together to develop a new 50mm portrait lens that will be unveiled later this year.
Sky Night View System
The new Sky Night View System on the X90 series allows ISOs up to 102400 and increases image sensitivity by 100% using a self-developed AI system and an upgraded lens sensor, enabling long exposures without stabilisers or tripods. Additionally, people will be able to snap starry skies using mobile devices.
The Vivo X90 series smartphones will debut Vivo’s completely new Image Signal Processor (ISP), which might be branded as the V2 Chip, in addition to a huge 1-inch sensor. Vivo claimed on stage at the Imaging conference that the V1 ISP successor uses both conventional ISP techniques and AI-based solutions to speed up deep learning and computer vision activities. All data is handled by the proprietary Vivo chip’s SRAM. Off-chip RAM uses more power and has a larger latency. For its CPU, Vivo claims 16.3 trillion operations per second (TOPS) per watt, making this new yet-to-be-announced chip leaps ahead of the V1.