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China’s Oppo Touts Smartphone Photo Breakthrough With New Chip

  • Phone giant has invested heavily in cameras and imaging tech
  • MariSilicon X is the company’s first in-house image processor
MariSilicon X chip.
MariSilicon X chip.Source: Oppo

Oppo, one of three leading Chinese smartphone brands filling the void left by Huawei’s retreat, claimed a smartphone mobile photography first with a self-designed chip that delivers sharper and more faithful images.

Oppo unveiled the MariSilicon X Tuesday, which it says can process real-time RAW images -- the raw storage format that contains the most information but also requires more computing power to handle. That’s a break from other smartphones that first compress the image captured before applying artificial intelligence to filter and improve picture quality, which saves time but may sacrifice fidelity.