Vivo officially launches its self-developed Vivo V1 Image Signal Processor

Vivo V1 Image Signal Processor
Vivo’s partnership with ZEISS has brought even more interesting factors in the mobile photography

Only a couple of days ago, Vivo was reportedly working on an in-house Image Signal Processor (ISP). The Vice President at Vivo, Hu Baishan, later confirmed that the company is indeed developing its own ISP named Vivo V1.

The Chinese smartphone maker, today, has now officially announced the launch of Vivo V1 as its first-ever self-developed ISP. According to recent confirmation, the proprietary chip will debut in the upcoming Vivo X70 series set to launch on September 9, 2021.

Clearly, it’s not a simple word to announce the launch of an in-house image processing chip. The company has given a full length of detail on how the V1 image processor was built from the ground up as well as what capabilities it will provide to its future devices.

Vivo proudly disclosed that to make this chip a reality, over 300 people worked for over 2 years. The company cooperated with mobile processor manufacturers to ensure the compatibility of its V1 chip with the processors.

The V1 chip offers high computing power at low latency and low power consumption, the company claims. The chip can also perform parallel processing of data like GPU and DSP (Digital Signal Processor). The dedicated algorithm of V1 can reduce the power consumption of the hardware circuit by 50%.

Vivo V1 ISP

With regard to storage architecture, the chip features high-speed read and write circuits for maximum processing capability. According to claims, it can achieve an equivalent of 32MB cache with on-chip storage. The new V1 chip surpasses the current flagship processors for desktop computers in achieving low-latency real-time noise reduction and frame insertion.


ZEISS partnership also came in handy for Vivo in that it has overcome technical limitations like process and yield. The glass lenses can now offer high light transmittance, ultra-low dispersion, and thermal stability. That’s because compared to plastic lenses, the glass lenses are naturally better with the advantage of low dispersion. With all that, glass lenses can also achieve a higher degree of purity. In addition, the central transmittance is increased to a maximum of 95%.


Thanks to ZEISS T* coating, Vivo has introduced the SWC coating technology based on the principles of bionics. It helps to reduce the reflectance to a minimum of 0.1%, as claimed. Vivo also launched the ALD atomic layer deposition process to form a nano-level coating on the ultra-high-transmittance glass lens to further reduce light reflection.


On the concept of “what you see is what you get”, Vivo and ZEISS have brought up a 140 colour card performance and 3D colour mapping matrix algorithm. The algorithm, which can adjust 262,144 parameters to make the hue more accurate and the saturation processing more refined. The hue accuracy (ΔE) is increased by around 15.5% to produce more natural colours.

Vivo X70 Series to feature first even Vivo V1 Image Processor

As we already know, the Vivo V1 image signal processor will make its debut with the upcoming flagship Vivo X70 series. The official unveiling is set for September 9, 2021, at 19:30 local time.

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