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- According to reports, Vivo announced its first customized ISP.
- The chip will handle camera-related tasks on the upcoming Vivo X70 series.
- The company will provide an internal ISP together with Xiaomi.
Samsung and Huawei are currently two of the few Android manufacturers that offer custom chipsets on the market, but Xiaomi has also set foot in custom chip games this year. However, Xiaomi did not provide a mature chipset, but brought an internal image signal processor (ISP) to Mi Mix Fold to handle camera-related tasks.
Now, it looks like Vivo is the latest manufacturer to take this route, because it will obviously provide customized imaging chips soon. According to reports, Hu Baishan, the executive vice president of vivo, confirmed the V1 ISP (h/t: IT House) And added that it will debut in the X70 series next month.
There is no news about what the V1 ISP can do, but the Surge C1 chip of Mi Mix Fold gives us a good understanding of what to expect. Xiaomi said that the custom chip can improve low-light image quality, better focus, and improved auto exposure and auto white balance. Therefore, we can expect Vivo’s ISP to provide some of these upgrades as a matter of course.
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We also see that Huawei and Samsung’s custom chipsets support camera functions, such as more advanced noise reduction, smoother zoom and up to six cameras. In fact, Samsung’s Exynos chipset provided 4K/60fps and 8K video capabilities before Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon processor. But it is not clear whether Vivo can obtain such video upgrades only through ISP.
We need to wait for the Vivo X70 series next month to see what the company has done on the V1 ISP. Either way, it seems that customized ISP will definitely become a new hot spot in the field of smart phone hardware.