OPPO Holds INNO DAY 2021, Unveiling Cutting-edge NPU MariSilicon X and Air Glass alongside New Brand Proposition of “Inspiration Ahead”
● During its third annual OPPO INNO DAY event, OPPO announced its new brand proposition, “Inspiration Ahead”
● MariSilicon X is making high-quality 4K AI Night Video and live preview possible on Android smartphones for the first time
● OPPO Air Glass is the futuristic take on Extended Reality (XR) that is set to revolutionise the way we view and consume information
14 December 2021, SINGAPORE — OPPO today held its annual technology event, OPPO INNO DAY 2021, in Shenzhen, China, and online in its virtual OPPO INNO WORLD. Themed ‘Reimaging the Future’, the event included a news-filled keynote speech by OPPO Founder and CEO Tony Chen, announcing OPPO’s new brand proposition ‘Inspiration Ahead.’ The first day of the event saw OPPO introduce its first cutting-edge Imaging NPU, MariSilicon X, and the revolutionary aR (assisted Reality) device, OPPO Air Glass. OPPO will introduce its first foldable smartphone, OPPO Find N, on the second day of INNO DAY.
OPPO Sets Eyes on the Future with New “Inspiration Ahead” Brand Proposition
During his opening keynote speech, CEO Tony Chen reaffirmed OPPO’s commitment to developing innovations that revolve around user experience while announcing the company’s new brand proposition, “Inspiration Ahead,” which takes optimism and inspiration against the challenges and uncertainties everyone is facing.
OPPO Founder and CEO Tony Chen announced new brand proposition, “Inspiration Ahead”
“We are living in an unprecedented age, and as a global technology company, we at OPPO feel it is both our duty and our privilege to try and make the world a better place through our technologies, products, and action,” said Tony Chen. “Although the journey towards each technological breakthrough is full of challenges, we aim to continue as we have started, step by step, to reach ‘Inspiration Ahead’ as we have set out in our new brand proposition.”
OPPO Unveils 6nm Cutting-edge Imaging NPU – MariSilicon X
During the event, OPPO unveiled its first Cutting-edge Imaging NPU — MariSilicon X. Built on 6nm process technology, MariSilicon X combines an advanced NPU, ISP, and multi-tier memory architecture to deliver incredible performance with incomparable power efficiency, which makes real-time RAW processing possible to capture stunning 4K AI Night Video with live preview. MariSilicon X will make its debut in Q1 2022 on the Find X Series.
“With more than a decade of experience in pushing the boundaries of image technology, OPPO has been behind some of the biggest innovations in the industry when it comes to camera modules, lenses, and algorithms,” said Jiang Bo, OPPO’s Senior Director, during the event. “Our new cutting-edge imaging NPU is the biggest leap we’ve taken so far, which brings more power to mobile imaging systems and will create extraordinary experience for our users.”
The Best of Both Worlds: Ultra Speed Meets High Efficiency
MariSilicon X’s NPU delivers an incredible 18 trillion operations per second (TOPS), more than enough computing power to support our AI algorithms.
With a stunning power efficiency of 11.6 TOPS per watt, the NPU delivers top-level performance without draining battery.
The NPU also features a groundbreaking dedicated tera-bps memory subsystem, which allows MariSilicon X to make full use of the NPU’s computing power without being restricted by memory throughout, significantly reducing the time needed to copy data back and forth between storage and processing units.
MariSilicon X has a dedicated DDR with extra bandwidth of up to 8.5 GB/s. Its multi-tier memory architecture greatly minimises delays and reduces power consumption caused by unnecessary repeated read-write cycles.
Running on OPPO’s AI Noise Reduction Algorithm, MariSilicon X can achieve up to 20x faster performance compared with OPPO Find X3 Pro. Moreover, MariSilicon X can capture 4K AI Night Video by applying complex enhancements to each frame in real-time.
MariSilicon X Architecture
Powerful ISP for Ultra HDR
MariSilicon X has a powerful ISP that enables images to be captured with an incredible 20bit 120db dynamic range - 4x greater than that of Find X3 Pro. It gives images a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 between the brightest and darkest areas of the image, bringing images that are true to life.
Real-time RAW Processing
With its large computing power and high data throughput, MariSilicon X revolutionises the imaging pipeline to directly perform real-time 4K AI processing and 20bit HDR fusion in the RAW domain at the pixel level. By processing original imaging data, MariSilicon X can achieve an 8dB signal-to-noise ratio for images, opening up a whole new world for computational photography.
RGBW Pro Mode Unlocks Pro Performance
Using Dual Image Pipeline design and double raw super sampling, MariSilicon X also unlocks the full potential of OPPO’s RGBW sensor, supporting the separation and fusion of RGB and White signals to deliver 8.6dB improvement in signal-to-noise ratio and a 1.7x improvement in texture quality, making images more expressive in both photos and videos.
A Landmark Leap to 4K AI Night Video
As a dedicated imaging NPU, MariSilicon X marks a new era in computational photography. With its huge leap in both performance and power efficiency, it unleashes the power of AI Noise Reduction algorithms to create clearer and sharper videos. It also features greater dynamic range and better colour reproduction, allowing each individual frame to appear just as rich and defined as a still photo. This is the first time that 4K AI HDR Night Video capturing is made possible on Android phones.
OPPO introduces Air Glass, featuring creative cicada wing design and self-designed Spark Micro Projector
OPPO INNO DAY 2021 also saw the official announcement of OPPO’s groundbreaking aR (assisted Reality) device, the OPPO Air Glass. OPPO Air Glass is equipped with the self-developed Spark Micro Projector, cutting-edge Micro LED, and a bespoke diffraction optical waveguide display that supports four different user interactions through touch, voice, head movement, and hand motion – allowing users to have faster and easier access to the information they need.
OPPO Air Glass
“OPPO has been exploring the possibilities of Extended Reality (XR) for a long time, and with Air Glass, we have finally created a smart glass product that is truly within the reach of consumers,” said Levin Liu, OPPO Vice President and Head of OPPO Research Institute. He added, “As its futuristic design suggests, OPPO Air Glass is set to revolutionise the way we view and consume information. The easy-to-use display can present key messages we need right in front of our eyes. With OPPO Air Glass, the world will never look the same again.”
Pioneering form: thin and lightweight design inspired by nature
OPPO Air Glass is built around a groundbreaking monocle waveguide design. Based on OPPO’s distinctive design philosophy, Air Glass features free-flowing curves, which gives it a lightweight and minimalist appearance. With a total weight of approximately 30g, OPPO Air Glass is one of the lightest monocle waveguide devices in the industry and can be worn like a pair of regular glasses.
OPPO Air Glass
The design of the main body takes inspiration from feathers - light, sleek and curved, with a touchbar that resembles an elegant feather shaft. The design of the monocular waveguide lens, on the other hand, is inspired by the wings of the cicada, breaking away from the conventional confines of rounded or rounded rectangular lenses on glasses. The lens is secured to a light and slim frame, which houses all the components, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform.
The frame of OPPO Air Glass is manufactured with CNC technique, imparting the design with a touch of exquisiteness and precision. OPPO Air Glass’s unique and eye-catching design makes it a stylish tech accessory for daily wear.
Avant-garde aR experience: Delivered by self-developed Spark Micro Projector, cutting-edge Micro LED and five high-transparency glass lenses
By integrating OPPO’s very own Micro Projector, advanced Micro LED, and custom waveguide technology, OPPO Air Glass delivers bright and sharp content whether worn indoor or outdoor, guaranteeing a superior aR experience at all times.
OPPO Air Glass
At the heart of OPPO Air Glass display system is OPPO’s self-developed Spark Micro Projector. It is one of the most compact projection systems in the industry at merely 0.5cc, or roughly the size of a coffee bean. The projector features a CNC metal enclosure with a glass lens module to provide better heat dissipation and stability. It is also powered by a cutting-edge Micro LED, which has a brightness of up to 3 million nits.
OPPO Air Glass adopts a bespoke optical diffraction waveguide, supporting two display modes - 16-level grayscale and 256-level grayscale - and can deliver up to 1400 nits in average brightness, ensuring a vivid and sharp visual display in different lighting conditions. Additionally, two layers of sapphire glass are used to encase the waveguide on both sides, providing protection with improved transparency.
OPPO Air Glass is designed to be as accessible to as many people as possible, including users with refractive errors such as myopia and hypermetropia. The glasses are available in two different types of frames - a silver half-frame, and a black full-frame that can better accommodate users who require corrective eyewear. Both colours are available in two sizes.
Unrestrained sense of control with four methods of interaction
OPPO Air Glass can be operated using the Smart Glass App on OPPO Watch 2, or any OPPO smartphone operating on ColorOS 11 or above versions. It also supports four intuitive methods of interaction - touch, voice, hand motions, and head movements.
When Air Glass is paired with an OPPO Watch 2, users can also use hand movements to confirm, cancel, and switch application cards. Moreover, for a whole new way of interaction, head movements can be recognised by Air Glass, for example gently nodding or shaking the head can open and close notifications respectively.
Developing diverse applications together with industry partners
OPPO Air Glass is installed with a variety of applications, including those developed by OPPO. These include Weather, Calendar, Health, Teleprompter, Translation, and Navigation.
Teleprompter on OPPO Air Glass
The translation function is a useful tool for cross-cultural communication. Once paired, voice input from one user will be automatically translated into target language texts, and then immediately displayed on the other user’s Air Glass. Air Glass now supports Mandarin Chinese-English two-way translation. Mandarin Chinese-Japanese and Mandarin Chinese-Korean will be offered soon in the future.
Another innovative application of Air Glass is the Teleprompter, which allows an adaptive text display to make your presentation at work or in public a breeze.
OPPO has also been working closely with Baidu to customise applications such as Baidu Walk & Bike Navigation and Explore Nearby for OPPO Air Glass. Through the Navigation, users can receive instructions for their travel by foot or bike, while Explore Nearby can display information about nearby stores and other attractions based on a user’s location and orientation.
● MariSilicon X will make its commercial debut on the Find X Series in Q1 2022, bringing with it the most powerful imaging experience for the smartphone.
● OPPO Air Glass is due to launch in Q1 2022 in the Chinese Mainland market. The device will be available in two colour, Black or White, along with two custom frame accessories.
Discover OPPO’s Latest Technological Breakthroughs and Artwork from Emerging Artists in the Virtual INNO WORLD
This year, OPPO has created an all-new virtual playground, OPPO INNO WORLD, to celebrate INNO DAY 2021 together with OPPO fans worldwide. Within INNO WORLD, visitors can watch the keynote speeches and experience OPPO’s other new cutting-edge technologies, including its Digital Human, Retractable Camera, and many more.
Visitors can watch the keynote and experience OPPO’s cutting-edge technologies virtually at OPPO INNO WORLD
The OPPO Renovators Emerging Artists Project has also made its way into INNO WORLD, showcasing innovative artwork from young artists around the globe. Now in its third year, OPPO Renovators seeks to support young artists in bringing together the latest ideas and concepts from the world of art and technology as they imagine the possibilities for the future. In the Renovators Showroom in INNO WORLD, eight works from young artists are being exhibited, including AutoGene, Autonomy of Plant, Light High, Revival, and others, creating a platform for these artists to reach a global audience.
See innovative artwork from young artists around the globe at the virtual Renovators Showroom
OPPO INNO DAY runs from 14 – 15 December 2021. During the second day of the event on December 15, OPPO will unveil its highly-anticipated foldable smartphone, OPPO Find N.