Vivo X80 Pro, Vivo X80 Will Be Powered by This Unique Chip

The V1+ is a Vivo-developed chip that aids in photography, videography, and power efficiency. This camera chip will be found in the Vivo X80 phone series.

Vivo X80 Pro, Vivo X80 Will Be Powered by This Unique Chip
Vivo X80 Pro, Vivo X80

The Vivo X80 Pro and Vivo X80 are slated to arrive in India next week, and this article will focus on the V1+ in-house chip, which hopes to improve the camera's performance.

But, before we go into the phones, consider how power has recently become a double-edged sword for smartphones. The most recent SoCs can do some astounding computing feats but at the expense of efficiency. Although the latest generation processors are more powerful than ever before, they consume more battery power and have issues such as bottlenecks, or when your smartphone appears to freak out while performing tasks such as taking nighttime photos or even gaming.

This presents a unique chance for some assistance, which is what Vivo's in-house chip, the V1+, is attempting to achieve in the new Vivo X80-series of smartphones.

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In the most basic terms, it assists the core processor (in this example, from MediaTek and Qualcomm) in doing complex calculations for a better end-user experience. Consider it like having an additional set of hands to assist you when moving into a new place with a lot of stuff.

While the majority of the V1+ chip's advantages are visible in photography and videography, some of its advantages can also be noticed in gaming, content consumption, and power efficiency.

Vivo V1+ chip: The origins

According to Vivo, developing the V1+ was not easy. Fabricating a chip is a challenging operation in and of itself, and it becomes even more difficult when the chip is highly specialised and customised. According to Vivo, designing the V1+ was tough because even a minor mistake could have rendered it unusable. This meant that the risks associated with the development and the one-time expenditure were quite high.

However, it turns out that Vivo had some prior experience developing such specialised circuits. Previously, Vivo developed Hi-Fi chips to boost music quality and DSP (digital signal processing) chips to improve HDR photo performance not only for them but also for the industry.

The V1+ chip required a 300-person development team, 24 months of work, and close collaboration with smartphone SoC makers.

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Vivo V1+ chip: The benefits

i) Photography & videography

Our expectations for mobile photography, particularly in complicated scenes, have risen in recent years. Smartphones outperform professional photography cameras because they are portable, lightweight, have many cameras, and use computational photography to produce results comparable to standalone cameras.

All of this means that a smartphone requires more information to be processed each second, as well as higher efficiency, and when this is scaled for video recordings (which are essentially images taken quickly), the amount of information climbs exponentially.

A photo is processed in around 0.5 to 1 second using a computational imaging method. Videos require significantly faster processing.

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Using basic math, this means that ordinary phone processes a 30fps video 30 times slower than optimum. This becomes significantly more complicated when we consider higher frame rate videos produced at 60fps or even 120fps.

Previously, our phones could only process one frame per second, but today they must process at least 30. In smartphones with a single SoC, computational photography algorithms are typically implemented on the CPU, GPU, or NPU, and a significant amount of computing power is lost on scheduling; as a result, computing power becomes a significant bottleneck.

However, an accompanying chip, such as the V1+, speeds things up by enabling synergy between the SoC and the custom chip, as well as more effective CPU and GPU scheduling. Basically, it comes down to working smart, not hard.

The V1+ allows the smartphone to focus on items that can help improve image and video quality by minimising the burden on the SoC. To denoise 60fps videos, the X80-series can use 3D-noise reduction and MEMC, or motion estimation and motion compensation. This produces smooth, bright, and clear results while consuming less power.

As you may know, MEMC assists in shooting high frame rate videos in a more efficient manner by artificially adding frames to a low frame rate video. This makes the video appear lot smoother. Frame interpolation is the process of adding extra frames to a video. Simple!

All of this is amplified in really dark conditions where the brightness dips below 1 Lux. The smoothness of MEMC, combined with noise reduction, should make shooting smooth and brilliant videos in severe darkness considerably easier with the V1+.

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The chip also supports the front camera and wide-angle cameras for enhanced night footage, resulting in improved brightness and noise reduction. The Real-Time Extreme Night Vision, which is also enabled by the processor, is the feature that has piqued my interest the most. The final results will, of course, be displayed in our camera reviews, so be sure to read them.

ii) Sustained gaming performance

High-performance gaming depletes battery life, and there's nothing worse than being hooked to a charger while attempting to hit headshots. Vivo promises that the V1+ processor will allow us to play games at greater frame rates for longer thanks to the frame interpolation capabilities we just discussed. As a result, you may expect 90 fps gameplay without experiencing significant power depletion.

iii) Power consumption

Because it helps to relieve the stress of the SoC, the V1+ is also very good at lowering power usage. In complex use instances, Vivo claims its power management performance is 100 times better. Vivo also claims that the V1+ can shoot for an extra hour in Super Night Mode, equating to about four hours of continuous shooting.