Next gen motion processing, color accuracy and always-HDR mode on WQHD+ 120 Hz display
Oppo has just announced Oppo Find X2 and X2 Pro phones and the focus is on display: WQHD+ resolution with 120 Hz variable fresh rate. The screen gets the front seat in the product announcement, the place usually reserved for camera. Oppo didn’t leave things to chance and it did enable quite a capable camera in both models, but we want to focus on the motion-enhanced 120 Hz display, absolute color accuracy and always HDR experience, powered by the Pixelworks Iris 5 processor.
Oppo uses the 6.7-inch AMOLED display with 3168×1440 resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate that can be enabled all the time. The screen supports HDR10+ has 513 ppi, 240 Hz touch sampling and 19.8:9 (2.2:1) aspect ratio. The magic doesn’t stop there as there is an Iris 5 chip from the Pixelworks company that enables most of the eye candy features on this beautiful screen.
Two companies announced cooperation agreement earlier this year and Find 2 and X2 Pro are the first products of what looks to become a fruitful cooperation.
Pixel works CEO chat
Earlier this week we chatted with Todd DeBonis the President, Chief Executive Officer at Pixelworks who helped us understand the unique position of the company and its Iris 5 dedicated chip. The obvious visual quality enhancements attracted companies like Oppo as they understand the value proposition of the absolute color accuracy, always on HDR and motion engine enabling judder free video even at 120Hz.
One other thing that resonated with us was the fact that the Iris 5 chip that Oppo uses is so power efficient that it barely makes any noticeable difference in the battery life. The company is using smart algorithms to detect the content and apply the features that matter most for each use case. For example, motion engine and SDR to HDR are applied for video but an end user is simply reading email on the phone, the Iris 5 chip dynamically turns off, ending up using nearly immeasurable leakage current. All the while, Soft Iris runs on the Snapdragon 865 processor, ensuring absolute color accuracy for all use cases and all content.
Display and the Pixelworks processor
It is not just a matter of selecting the right screen to create a great experience. One needs to be able to convey the content as the creators intended, particularly given the push to panels with very high refresh rates. This is where Pixelworks draws on its vast end-to-end motion processing experience, from content creation to mobile display. The Iris 5 Processor uses the company’s proprietary MotionEngine technology to enable motion processing that not only mitigates video judder due to mismatch between low frame rate content and high refresh rate displays, but also preserves visual quality and intended motion appearance for movies, sports and short video in a way that is optimized for each type of content.
MotionEngine technology is one of those “see it to believe it” technologies and solves one important problem for end users who get to enjoy the video content judder free.
The new Iris 5 chip also supports Always HDR Experience, which dynamically upconverts standard SDR video, whether from the camera or streamed from the cloud, to HDR quality for breathtaking color depth and a cinematic experience that is visibly superior to the original SDR content. The Iris 5 dedicated video chip does the post processing in real time behind the scenes and converts all the content to High dynamic range, making a big difference.
With Absolute Color Accuracy – based on high-efficiency display calibration software from Pixelworks, consumers can re-live moments captured with photos and videos in vivid, real-world color, correctly match colors for worry-free online shopping and enjoy realistic gaming experiences with immersive, life-like colors.
With help from visual processing experts from Pixelworks, the great AMOLED 120 Hz screens Oppo use in the Find X2 and X2 Pro stand out among all flagship displays by making everything look smooth yet natural, and vivid yet color accurate. The goal was to push visual performance boundaries in smartphones with the integration of the first 120 Hz variable refresh rate display and latest Pixelworks processor and software, featuring unique, content-optimized motion processing and an always-HDR video experience.
In addition to visual enhancements from the Pixelworks processor, every Find X2 series display is factory tuned with Pixelworks high-efficiency color calibration software. Pixelworks collaborated closely with Qualcomm to implement its calibration software on the display processing unit of the flagship Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform. When the phones are in use, the advanced features of the Pixelworks processor enhance the content being viewed while the Pixelworks calibration software runs concurrently to deliver superior color reproduction across use cases.
This combination of hardware and software based technologies from Pixelworks optimizes power, while delivering stunning visual quality and an industry-leading color accuracy of 0.4 average JNCD for Find X2 series users.
“The smartphone display is the consumer’s window to the world. We made display quality the major differentiator for our Find X2 series smartphones by combining our innovative design capabilities with the industry-leading visual processing technologies of Pixelworks,” said Shi Fulai, Product Manager, OPPO. “We are excited to collaborate with Pixelworks in the creation of immersive video and gaming experiences that will exceed the most demanding consumer expectations in the 5G era. The Find X2 and Find X2 Pro set a new standard for visual quality that we intend to build on in future products.”
“We were excited to be teaming with an industry leader like OPPO to take the smartphone visual experience to the next level. With the industry’s most advanced display and dedicated Pixelworks processor, the Find X2 series puts cinematic big screen technology in hands of consumers with unparalleled display quality for video, gaming, social media and more,” said Peter Carson, Vice President of Global Marketing, Pixelworks. “We look forward to our continued cooperation with OPPO as we advance these technologies and help them bring new and compelling experiences to more consumers in the near future.”