In 2024, it will become logical to pair “Dimensity chips” with “image flagships”

When Meizu MX4 was released 10 years ago, two things impressed me deeply. One was the starting price of 1,799 yuan, which was 200 yuan lower than the starting price of 1,999 yuan for the Xiaomi digital series at that time. For a time, Lei Jun and Xiaomi The comment area under the official Weibo was flooded with "1799". Meizu, which had been fighting fiercely with Xiaomi in the public opinion war, suddenly gained the upper hand.

In addition, the MTK 6955 chip it carries topped the list of benchmark software such as AnTuTu, beating out Qualcomm Snapdragon and Samsung Exynos chips at the time. This was also MediaTek's highlight moment.

While Samsung's Exynos chips are gradually losing market share, MediaTek and Qualcomm have joined hands to almost dominate the choice of mid-to-high-end mobile phones in the Android camp. It is also in this decade-long period that MediaTek has to compete for share while also leaving the market. On the high end, the former sub-brand Helio series has produced some "first-generation U's", such as the Helio P10, which has an outstanding energy consumption ratio and is extremely suitable for use as a chip for mid-range mobile phones. This chip is also very vital, and new machines have been released in the three or four years since its launch.

But there is also a big problem, that is, Android flagships, especially photography flagships, are not closely related to MediaTek. But this issue has become less of a concern by 2024. Quantitative changes have accumulated. In this year, the products of the imaging flagship series have undergone qualitative changes.

Medium cup, large cup and extra large cup, all cups are enough

In the 2024 imaging flagship series, as usual, it is still divided into medium cup (pure digital), large cup (Pro) and ultra large cup (Ultra), but there are some differences. For example, the OPPO Find X7 series only has medium cup and Extra large cup.

The Huawei Pura 70 series is further divided into medium cup, large cup, extra large cup (Pro+) and extra large cup. The most standard series is vivo X100. They have obvious similarities in industrial design and positioning.

At the communication meeting before the release of the vivo X100 series, vivo's product manager explained the positioning of the three products: X100 benchmarks against the previous generation Pro, and X100 Pro benchmarks against the previous generation Pro+.

The follow-up X100 Ultra belongs to a new generation and was still kept secret at the time.

When I was reviewing the vivo X100, I came to the conclusion that it was "a flagship right from the start." Although it did not have the suffix Pro or Ultra, the overall experience was not much different from the high-end flagships of previous years.

Needless to say about performance, the Dimensity 9300 adopts a full-core architecture, which can handle various heavy loads and has no problem in multi-task load scenarios; and because its telephoto is equipped with the same hardware as the previous generation X90 Pro+, coupled with algorithm optimization, it actually has a long The focus experience is even better (for a long time, the color temperature of the previous generation X90 Pro+ telephoto will be relatively warm).

Coupled with the already strong wide-angle and main camera, the vivo X100, as the entry-level version of the flagship series, already provides a pretty good imaging experience. After all, the previous generation X90 Pro did not have a telephoto lens, it was a combination of ultra-wide + main camera + 50mm portrait lens.

The OPPO Find X6 series is an earlier series that moved the telephoto lens to the flagship entry-level model. The same is true for the subsequent Find X7 series, which is equipped with a telephoto lens on the basic version.

Dimensity 9200 and Dimensity 9300 are behind the scenes, supporting the creation of OPPO and vivo's imaging flagship series, and also waiting for the evolution of the product capabilities of these two imaging flagship series.

And manufacturers are also willing to put the name of the Dimensity chip in a prominent position on the details page and parameter page. The introduction of the chip on the Meizu MX4 parameter page 10 years ago was: true eight-core chip (MediaTek 6595 customized by Meizu).

To sum up, by 2024, mobile phones using Dimensity flagship chips will basically have a complete flagship imaging experience. Whether it is daily shooting, or more complex telephoto and night scenes, you can get a satisfactory experience. This is equivalent to rectifying the reputation of Dimensity flagship chips, especially Dimensity 9300 and Dimensity 9300+, which are on par with Qualcomm Snapdragon flagship chips in terms of performance, AI progress is also very impressive, and imaging capabilities related to visual experience can finally be achieved. On the table.

Tianji Image Exhibition, what is on display?

It has become natural for "Dimensity chips" to be paired with "image flagships". As long as it is an image flagship, whether it is a basic model or a Pro model, the experience is already quite good. Of course, MediaTek's confidence is there, so in June 2024 On March 14th – MediaTek and Discovery Channel jointly held the Tianji Image Exhibition in Yangshuo, Guilin with the theme of "Crossing the Extremes and Seeing the Core".

In fact, the cooperation between Qualcomm and the China Wildlife Imaging Annual Competition follows a similar logic. Through outdoor photography, it is used to demonstrate and test what mobile phones can do in the broadest creative stage, combining the most sophisticated technology in the civilian field with the most original ecology. The horizons are linked together, contradictory yet unified.

Yangshuo, Guilin, is not only a beautiful place with beautiful mountains and clear waters, it is also a holy land for rock climbing. MediaTek and Discovery Channel jointly produced "Chasing Breakthrough Exploration Limits". With the help of smartphones equipped with Dimensity 9300 series flagship chips, Discovery Channel completely recorded the wilderness adventure led by international outdoor adventure expert Sun Lingye. A practical drill conducted by the rescue team on a 100-meter-high rock wall demonstrated how this team protects the lives of climbers in extreme environments.

There are also many scenes in the video exhibition that are taken from cliffs and other inaccessible places. Of course, Yangshuo, as a tourist destination, is also very suitable for daily collecting.

Therefore, this Dimensity Image Exhibition, in addition to displaying "Chasing Breakthrough Exploring the Limits", also showcased the image creation capabilities of Dimensity 9300 equipment, especially OPPO Find X7 and vivo X100 & X100 Pro in various scenarios.

In addition, there is the coupling of imaging capabilities and AI capabilities.

For example, vivo X100s and X100s Pro equipped with Dimensity 9300+ chip have new functions of four-season portraits and national-style portraits, which can realize free switching of seasons and environments in photos, giving more freedom and imagination in creation.

The earlier AI automatic elimination function can save waste films at a very low threshold.

Therefore, Tianji Image Exhibition not only displays image works, but also essentially showcases the capabilities of the chip, especially the capabilities of ISP and NPU. Only the ISP (Image Information Processing) unit and NPU (Neural Network Processor) of the chip are displayed. , and even the entire AI computing architecture including CPU and GPU, are closely related to the imaging capabilities and post-production capabilities of mobile phones.

Before going to Yangshuo, Guilin to participate in the Dimensity Photography Exhibition, the staff reminded me in advance that it was recommended to bring an imaging phone equipped with a Dimensity chip to Yangshuo so that you can take more photos when you have time.

The light conditions in Yangshuo, Guilin during the rainy season are not very good, but it also creates some interesting scenes, so casual photography becomes fun.

For example, when raindrops fall on a silver booth, they turn into natural convex mirrors, which can just reflect the environmental scene. At this time, using the telephoto lens as a macro lens, you can shoot water droplets and water droplet reflection scenes from a longer distance without having to Use the main camera lens to get close to the water droplets.

And there’s vivo’s specialty: portrait mode. Basically, it's as simple as switching to portrait mode, selecting the corresponding focal length and lens package, then focusing on the model's face, pressing the shutter, and you can get a good portrait photo.

AI elimination is also a very practical function. For example, there is mist floating in the hollow of the mountain below, and there are mountains looming in the distance, but there is a tree lying between the camera and the scenery. The branches are too redundant as the foreground. This can be used in this case. AI eliminates, erasing the branches, leaving only the vista.

In addition, portrait mode is not limited to portraits. When shooting scenes with foreground subjects and backgrounds, it can create a blur effect unique to large apertures. At the same time, different portrait lens packages will also have different effects, such as raindrops condensed on the bottom. For leaf tips, if you use portrait mode to focus on water droplets, the background blur effect will be stronger than in the normal photo mode, and the leaves and raindrops will be more prominent as the subject.

In short, imaging flagship phones represented by the vivo The entire photography workflow shared on social networks has greatly lowered the threshold for taking an interesting or good-looking photo.

From this perspective, if it were not for the Dimensity Image Exhibition, I would not deliberately distinguish which chip is used in vivo or OPPO machines. This may be a success of the Dimensity chip at the imaging level.

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