Xiaomi has announced a new flagship smartphone named Mi Mix Fold at a mega event in China. Undoubtedly, the new foldable smartphone was the show stopper. But at the same time, the company has made another important announcement. Alongside, the company has launched its first self-developed Image Signal Processor (ISP) called Mi Surge C1.
Don’t confuse with the previously launched Xiaomi Surge S1 Processor. That was a mobile SoC, while the Mi Surge C1 is an image processing unit. The company claims that Mi Surge C1 is not part of the traditional SoC. It works independently, being a separate unit from the mobile processor.
The surprises don't end here. Introducing #SurgeC1, our first image signal processor. This helps process faster auto focus, better white balance and higher dynamic range, providing you a professional-level photography experience. #MiMIXFOLD #XiaomiMegaLaunch pic.twitter.com/YOmfL8y6zZ
— Xiaomi (@Xiaomi) March 30, 2021
This camera uses the “3A” algorithm to captured images explained as AF=Autofocus, AWB=Accurate White Balance, AE=Automatic Exposure. As these terms suggest, Autofocus (AF) produces faster focusing on the subject. The Accurate White Balancing (AWB) helps to balance the color accuracy in different environmental conditions. Lastly, the Automatic Exposure (AE) feature useful to provide enhanced exposure with a higher dynamic range.
Overall, these “AAA” algorithm allows the camera to take improved shots in different scenarios. It will worth noting that ISP processes the images captured by the camera sensor. Speaking more about this ISP, the company revealed that they had made an investment of RMB 140 million on R&D to develop this technology. Apart from that, “it took several years to develop this chip,” the company’s spokesperson further added during this launch event.
Mi Surge C1 Key Features
- Double filter, high and low-frequency parallel processing, 100% improved digital signal processing.
- Self-developed ISP + refined “3A” processing algorithm.
- AF=Autofocus, Faster & Accurate focus capabilities in dark environments and small objects.
- AWB=Accurate White Balancing, a more accurate light source in a mixed environment.
- AE=Automatic Exposure, more conventional night shots, and high dynamic view enforcement.