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vivo V1 Custom Imaging Chip : What You Need To Know!

vivo just unveiled their first self-designed V1 custom imaging chip, and here is what you need to know!


vivo V1 Custom Imaging Chip : Launched In Shenzhen!

On 2 September 2021, vivo unveiled their first self-designed V1 custom imaging chip, at a press event in Shenzhen, China.

The V1 Imaging Chip was developed by over 300 vivo engineers and imaging experts over 2 years, as part of vivo’s  four strategic tracks on imaging technology :

  • imaging system
  • operating system
  • industrial design
  • performance


vivo V1 Custom Imaging Chip : What You Need To Know!

According to Hu Baishan, vivo Executive Vice-President and COO, the V1 is a fully-customised integrated circuit chip that is designed to deliver leading-edge visual quality for both imaging and video applications.

The vivo V1 imaging chip will be used to optimise smartphone application scenarios like “viewfinder look and video recording“, according to Hu.

In these two leaked pictures, you can see how several vivo V1 chips sitting in their trays.

From what we understand, the vivo V1 custom imaging chip will first appear in the upcoming vivo X70 series of flagship smartphones.

Using a custom ISP (image signal processor) chip will allow vivo to offer faster processing and better image quality than what’s readily available through the integrated ISP offered by mobile SoCs.

vivo has already offered a sneak peek at how they will use their new custom imaging chip – paired with ZEISS Vario-Tessar lens in their X70 series smartphones!

Do let us know what you think!


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How vivo X60 / X60 Pro Enhances Your Gaming Experience!

Most smartphones are capable of playing games, but vivo shares how their X60 and X60 Pro smartphones offer features that significantly enhances your gaming experience!


How vivo X60 / X60 Pro Enhances Your Gaming Experience!

The vivo X60 and X60 Pro smartphones may be focused at delivering flagship-class photographic capabilities, but it is also a gaming powerhouse.

vivo shared how their X60 and X60 Pro smartphones offer features that significantly enhances your gaming experience!

Flagship Class Performance!

The vivo X60 and X60 Pro are built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 mobile platform, which features :

  • 1 x Prime Core : ARM Cortex-A77 @ 3.2 GHz
  • 3 x Performance Cores : ARM Cortex-A77 @ 2.42 GHz
  • 4 x Power-Saving Cores : ARM Cortex-A55 @ 1.8 GHz
  • Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU
  • Qualcomm Hexagon 698 DSP

All that delivers exemplary CPU and GPU performance that is more than capable of handling any game you throw at it, at maximum resolution!

Display With High Refresh Rate + High Response Rate!

All of that processing power is important because it helps the vivo X60 and X60 Pro smartphones drive their fantastic 6.56-inch AMOLED display, which boasts not only a 120 Hz refresh rate, but also a 240 Hz response rate!

This not only gives you silky smooth visuals, but also ensures you can react much more quickly than your gaming opponents.

This will give you a definite edge in first-person shooter or battle royale games like PUBG Mobile and Call Of Duty Mobile.

Long Battery Life!

This is an oft-overlooked feature – a long battery life. Sure, you can keep your smartphone plugged into the wall, but is that really fun?

The X60 and X60 Pro not only come with a large 4,300 mAh battery, vivo optimised their power consumption to ensure that it lasts longer than competing smartphones.

This lets you go on playing, even when your gaming opponents have run out of power!


vivo X60 / X60 Pro : Enjoy A Great Gaming Experience Today!

Here are a few places online where you can buy a vivo X60 or X60 Pro smartphone, to enjoy a great gaming experience!


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Nokia 8.1 To Debut With PureDisplay + ZEISS Optics!

HMD Global is attempting to move up the value chain with their new Nokia 8.1 smartphone, which will feature ZEISS optics. Here are the details…

The Nokia 8.1 Smartphone Revealed!

HMD Global is pitching the Nokia 8.1 as a “value flagship” device, with two main selling points – PureDisplay and ZEISS optics. Here is a summary of its key features…

Qualcomm Snapdragon 710

The Nokia 8.1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, the same mobile SoC that powers the impressive OPPO R17 Pro.

It boasts 35% faster graphics performance, and 20% better CPU performance than the previous-generation Snapdragon 660 mobile SoC.

Nokia PureDisplay

The Nokia 8.1 has a large 6.18-inch PureDisplay with a Full HD+ resolution, and a maximum brightness of 500 nits. PureDisplay is Nokia’s term for a HDR 10 display.

ZEISS Optics

Its main camera has a 12 MP sensor with ZEISS optics that support optical image stabilisation (OIS). It is paired with a 13 MP depth sensor. In the front, it has a 20 MP front camera.

Pure Android Pie

Nokia 8.1 will also be part of the Android One programme, which means it will run pure Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.

Nokia 8.1 Price + Availability

The Nokia 8.1 will be available in a single colour – BlueSilver, starting from 18 January 2019. It has a recommended retail price of RM 1,699 / ~US$ 414 / ~£325.

On 18 January 2019, you will be able to purchase it here.

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Introducing The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI Camera!

Sony just launched a new Cyber-shot RX100 compact camera model – the Sony RX100 VI (DSC-RX100M6). The new RX100 Mark 6, as it is known, packs an impressive ZEISS 24-200mm lens within its compact body! Let’s check it out, and see what else the Mark 6 brings to the table…


Introducing The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

The Sony RX100 VI (Price Check) is the first RX100 model to introduce a high magnification zoom lens. Packing the ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200 mm F2.8 – F4.5 lens, it delivers a wide zoom range for both photos and videos in a compact camera body.

The ZEISS lens is paired with a 20.1 MP Sony Exmor RS CMOS sensor for incredibly high resolution photos. The sensor features a stacked DRAM chip, and together with an upgraded Sony BIONZ X image processor, allows for 24 fps high-speed photography as well as 4K video recording with full pixel readout and no pixel binning.

The RX100 VI (Price Check) also features a Fast Hybrid AF system, with 315-point phase-detection auto-focus points on the sensor. This allows it to acquire focus in as little as 0.03 seconds, which is a world record for a 1.0 inch sensor.

High Magnification 24-200 mm Zoom Lens

A first for the Sony RX100, the new ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mmi F2.8 – F4.5 lens combines the zoom range of both 24-70mm and 70-200mm focal lengths into a compact design. This is achieved through a unique design featuring two ED (extra-low dispersion) aspherical glass elements and eight aspherical lens elements, as well as four AA (advanced aspherical) lenses.

Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilisation

The relatively large aperture throughout the zoom range helps create better bokeh effect, while reducing motion blur. To help you take better handheld shots even in low-light conditions, the RX100 VI (Price Check) has built-in Optical SteadyShot that offers image stabilisation that is equivalent to 4-stop faster shutter speed.

Fast Hybrid AF System

The Sony RX100 VI (Price Check) features a Fast Hybrid AF system that allows the camera to lock focus in as little as 0.03 seconds. It combines 315-point focal-plane phase-detection AF points (that cover approximately 65% of the sensor), and contrast-detection AF.

The RX100 VI also includes Sony’s High-density Tracking AF technology, which concentrates AF points around a subject to improve tracking and focus accuracy.  The popular Eye AF technology is also available with approximately 2X the tracking performance of the RX100 Mark 5 model.

Furthermore, the RX100 VI now comes with LCD touch focusing and touchpad focus point control for users that would like to drag their fingers to ideal focus points of their choice.

High-Speed Photography

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The RX100 VI (Price Check) offers continuous high-speed shooting at up to 24 fps with full AF/AE tracking, with an impressive buffer limit of up to 233 images.  The display lag of the EVF has been substantially reduced compared to prior models.  Also, for convenience during image playback, continuously shot images can be displayed in groups instead of individual shots.

The RX100 VI also has a high speed Anti-Distortion Shutter (maximum shutter speed of up to 1/32000 second) that reduces the “rolling shutter” effect commonly experienced with fast moving subjects. It can shoot completely silently in all modes, including continuous high speed shooting, when electronic shutter is engaged.  A mechanical shutter mode is also available as well if required by the user.

4K HDR Video Capability

The Sony RX100 VI (Price Check) boasts a full pixel readout without pixel binning to ensure that even the finest details in your 4K video are captured with minimal moire and “jaggies”.

And for the first time in an RX100 camera, the RX100 VI features 4K HDR capability with its new HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) picture profile that offers an instant HDR workflow solution.

Other professional videography features include S-Log3 / S-Gamut3, proxy recording and more. It is also able to record super slow motion videos at either 240 fps, 480 fps or 960 fps!

Sony RX100 VI Price + Availability

The Sony RX100 VI (Price Check) will be available in Malaysia, starting 20 July 2018. It is priced at RM 4,899 / $1,198. Here are some purchase links :

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The Nokia 8 Smartphone Introduces Dual-Sight Bothie!

On Friday, we were invited to the launch of the Nokia 8 Dual-Sight smartphone by HMD Global. As their flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8 was designed with content creators in mind, and boasts three world’s first features. Let’s check out what those features are!


The Nokia 8 Dual-Sight Smartphone Revealed!

With a 7.3 mm thin unibody chassis precision-milled from a single block of 6000 series aluminium before being refined through a 40-stage process of machining, anodising and polishing, the Nokia 8 is a work of art in the hand.

The Nokia 8 is not only powered by the very fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, it also runs on the latest pure, secure, and uncluttered Android. Vijay Thangavelu, Country Manager (Malaysia and Myanmar), HMD Global tells more in this video :

Dual-Sight Video Capability

The Nokia 8 is the world’s first smartphone with Dual-Sight video capability. Dual-Sight simultaneously records from both the front and rear cameras in a split screen visual for both photos and videos.

In fact, the Nokia 8 smartphone can livestream Dual-Sight videos natively and in real-time to social feeds such as Facebook and YouTube. With just one touch, you can share your memories in an more immersive way with your family and friends.

Nokia OZO Audio

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The Nokia 8 is also the first smartphone to feature Nokia OZO Audio, placing exclusive Hollywood technology in the palm of your hand. The OZO spatial 360° audio brings a fully immersive audio experience to your 4K video.

Nokia 8 combines three microphones with exclusive Nokia acoustic algorithms to capture audio with immersive 360° spatial surround sound. Share your 4K videos with OZO Audio anywhere – binaural codecs enable high fidelity playback even on devices without OZO Audio.

ZEISS Optics

Although Nokia has a long history of partnership with ZEISS, the Nokia 8 is the first smartphone from HMD Global to feature ZEISS optics. In fact, all three of its 13 MP cameras use ZEISS optics for the best possible images


The Nokia 8 Specifications

SpecificationsNokia 8
Display5.3" IPS display
- QHD resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels)
- 700 nits maximum brightness
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, with 2.5D edge
Operating SystemAndroid Nougat 7.1.1
PlatformQualcomm Snapdragon 835 (MSM8998)
Processor4 x Qualcomm Kyro 280 cores (2.45 GHz)
4 x Qualcomm Kyro 280 cores (1.8 GHz)
Graphics ProcessorQualcomm Adreno 540
Memory4 GB LPDDR4X SDRAM (1866 MHz)
Storage64 GB internal storage
microSD card slot (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera13 MP PDAF sensor with f/2.0 ZEISS lens
- 1.12um pixel size
- screen flash
Main CameraDual-Lens Camera System
- 13 MP colour sensor (with OIS) + 13 MP monochrome sensor
- f/2.0 ZEISS lens
- 1.12 um pixel size, supports PDAF
- IR range finder + dual-tone flash
NetworkGSM: 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA: 1, 2, 5, 8
TDS-CDMA: 34, 39
LTE:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41
ConnectivityLTE Cat. 9, 3CA, 450Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
WiFi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type C
SensorsAmbient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, E-compass, Gyroscope, Hall sensor, Barometer
Fingerprint SensorYes
Water ResistanceSplash-proof (IP54)
Battery3,090 mAh lithium-ion battery
- supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 (18 W)
Dimensions73.7 mm wide
151.5 mm tall
7.9 mm thick (chassis)
0.4 mm (camera bump)
Weight160 g
Available ColoursPolished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel


Price & Availability

The Nokia 8 is available right now in four colours – Polished Blue, Polished Copper, Tempered Blue and Steel, with a recommended retail price of RM 2,299 / ~US$ 549, inclusive of 6% GST.

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Sony Handycam FDR-AXP55 & HDR-PJ675 Camcorders Released

28 March 2016 – Life’s defining moments can happen so fast, we often fail to fully appreciate the essence of the experience. Whether it’s a child’s first steps, a school play, graduation or a wedding day – having a video to re-live your happiest times with friends and family can become one of your greatest treasures. Sony’s newest Handycam camcorders allow you to perpetuate those moments in vibrant 4K detail.


Sony FDR-AXP55

Breath-taking picture quality with 4K Handycam

The patriarch of this year’s camcorder family takes form in Sony’s newest 4K Handycam, the FDR-AXP55, combining enhanced image quality and incredible sound performance.

The FDR-AXP55 features a new Exmor R CMOS sensor, providing exceptionally detailed 4K movies. Due to the new sensor’s approximately 1.6x larger pixel size2, the FDR-AXP55 enjoys a much greater sensitivity level than its predecessor and allows for fantastically clear content with outstanding resolution even when shooting in low light conditions.

The FDR-AXP55 features a newly developed ZEISS lens that extends to a wide angle of 26.8mm3, accurately capturing the scene from wide angle through to telephoto. The lens empowers the camcorder with a remarkable range of 20x optical and 30x (4K)/ 40x (FHD) Clear Image Zoom, for beautiful close-up footage you don’t want to miss.

Due to its Advanced Aspherical (AA) and Extra-low Dispersion(ED) lens elements, colour fringing is highly reduced allowing the lens to produce incredibly accurate colours for beautifully precise footage. The multi-layer film ZEISS T* coating reduces unwanted reflections like ghosting and flare which delivers a crisper, clearer image even when shooting on bright days outside.

The FDR-AXP55 is the first Handycam with an enhanced version of Sony’s own Balance Optical SteadyShot; a 5-axis image stabilisation system that brings you blur-free footage when shooting handheld and thanks to its new Intelligent Active mode5, also ensures crisp footage whilst running. This incredibly powerful image stabilisation system allows for exceptionally smooth and clear video footage from all angles, even when on the move or whilst using the telephoto end of the 20x optical zoom when aiming for close-ups shots. The new Intelligent Active mode takes it a step further and even allows for incredibly clear HD footage when running.

The FDR-AXP55 records at an incredible high bit-rate of 4K 100Mbps, using the high-performing XAVC S recording format , allowing each frame to be filled with astonishing 4K detail so you can relive everything from splashing waves to colourful confetti.

The camcorder comes with a newly adapted AF algorithm, Fast Intelligent AF, also featured in Sony’s α7S II, which optimises communication between the lens and processor to achieve speeds up to approximately 40% faster2 than previous models and more precise subject capture.

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Advanced sound quality

The FDR-AXP55’s new microphone structure collects sound from five directions, thereby capturing real-life sounds and delivering a more realistic sense of ambience. Due to the enhanced microphone structure, noise levels have been reduced by approximately 40%2, and stereo performance is approximately twice as high as previous models2, allowing for clear recordings in a greater range of environments. Its 5.1ch microphone records high stereo sound in 2ch in XAVC S 4K/HD and high surround sound in 5.1ch in AVCHD. In addition, the My Voice Canceling function reduces the user’s own voice whilst recording.

Full HD 100fps recording for slow-mo movies

As a first for the Handycam series, the FDR-AXP55 can record at 100fps in Full HD meaning that footage can be edited into breath-taking slow motion footage with the free PC software, PlayMemories Home™, to add a whole new dimension to home movies.

It boasts many pro-style refinements for greater shooting flexibility, including a manual ring and button that can be allocated to functions like zoom, focus and exposure and electronic viewfinder (EVF), allowing the user to easily compose scenes even when recording on sun-filled holidays. For greater control of the edit, advanced users can benefit from Time Code and User Bit options.

Post shooting, instant on-the-spot video playback is made possible with the Handycam’s built-in projector (50 lm). To enjoy recorded footage at home, 4K content can be played back on a compatible 4K TV through a supplied HDMI cable or by automatic down conversion of 4K frames in Full HD playback on an HD TV. For beautiful framing, this Handycam also allows you to playback trimmed 4K images from selected video frames, enlarging or cropping selected parts of the frame in Full HD quality.


Sony FDR-AXP55 Specifications


Sony HDR-PJ675

More new ways to capture and share the memories

Sony’s Full HD camcorder range welcomes two new members, HDR-PJ675. As with their elder siblings, they extend to a generous wide angle of 26.8mm3, meaning beautiful family moments can be captured in any situation. Both new models benefit from image stabilization technologies

including advanced Balanced Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis Intelligent Active mode on the HDR-PJ675– ensuring highly detailed, blur-free footage.

The Handycam camcorders allow for XAVC S 50Mbps high-bitrate recording6 and also feature Fast Intelligent AF. With 5.1ch surround microphone performance and My Voice Canceling, superb sound quality is also guaranteed.

Using Sony’s free PlayMemories Home PC software, you can organise and edit your footage and also create your personal high-quality time-lapse movies7 with Time-lapse Capture for powerful, impactful scenes in 4K using the FDR-AXP55 and HD with the HDR-PJ675. In addition, the built-in projector on HDR-PJ675 allows for instant playback of saved videos on large surfaces.

Live broadcasts

To get others involved in the action, all new Handycam models allow Live Streaming via USTREAM, enabling you to stream HD video footage and sound from Handycam camcorders through a wireless access point. You can now ensure that no one, no matter how far away, will miss out on those defining moments, no matter where in the world they may be.

Like all of Sony’s Handycam line up, the new models feature the automatic in-cam movie editing function, Highlight Movie Maker , which picks key moments in your footage like laughter or zoomed in moments and assembles them into short-clips without any need for post-production editing. You can customise with transition effects and soundtrack music and once completed, easily share your MP4 movie on social media sites.

Sony’s new 4K Handycam and full HD camcorders will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from March 2016 and January 2016 respectively.


Sony HDR-PJ675 Specifications


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