2021 High-end Android phone: Screen and camera are still two inescapable points
Photo @ visual Chinese article | see front is over 2021, in the past year, high-end flagship mobile phone market is most often see the word “high-end”, huawei in the high-end market, samsung flagship phone domestic troubles, to rare market vacancy in the high-end market, for other mobile phone manufacturer is a rare opportunity.Therefore, although the domestic mobile phone sales in 2021 once again showed a declining trend, it does not represent a slump in the mobile phone industry. The competition among major mobile phone manufacturers in the high-end market has become more fierce, and various new technologies and designs emerge in endlessly, making people sigh that competition is the best means to promote technological progress.Next, let xiaolei take stock for everyone, in the past year domestic flagship mobile phones have come up with what kind of technology to compete for the entry ticket of the high-end market, the emergence of these technologies, what will be brought to users.Hot image height although each big manufacturer in the field of image in the field of competition has for several years, even so, in just over 2021 years, the flagship mobile phones with ordinary gap is one of the biggest areas or image, flagship cell phone video performance and image of the big gap between the performance of ordinary mobile phones, sometimes like is not the product of an era.Among the domestic flagship phones in 2021, xiaomi 11Ultra, OPPO Find X3 Pro, oneplus 9 Pro, huawei P50 Pro, honor Magic3 to reach edition, vivo X70 Pro+, etc., all boast their imaging technology without exception.And instead of comparing pixels, lens count and other “parameters” in the past, manufacturers in 2021 will shift their focus back to the imaging effect, from clearer to better looking, returning to the original intention of video shooting is not progress?The mi 11 Ultra, for example, uses a 1/1.12-inch sensor, which remains the largest sensor in a Chinese flagship phone except SONY’s Xperia PRO- ⅰ.In addition to its larger sensor, the Mi 11 Ultra features a 48-megapixel telephoto lens and 48-megapixel ultra-wide Angle lens, both of which exceed the parameters of the main camera on some phones, and a unique secondary screen design.Make the Mi 11 Ultra strong enough in image to meet the challenges of other flagship phones.Similarly, OPPO has taken a similar direction with its annual flagship Find X3 Pro, which features two main-camera classes, each with a 50 megapixel +1/1.56 inch rear SONY IMX766 sensor, as well as a unique microscopic lens.Up to 60x micromagnification is supported, although practicality is questionable, but the playability is full.In the same business as OPPO, it has now returned to OnePlus under OPPO. On OnePlus 9 Pro, it has chosen to co-name with the famous camera brand Hasselblad and launched hasselblad Professional mode, which focuses on more professional shooting.Of course, the OnePlus 9 Pro’s hardware isn’t bad either, with a 48-megapixel IMX789 main camera and a 50-megapixel IMX766 ultra wide Angle lens.However, the most surprising thing this year was Vivo’S X70 Pro+. Although Vivo didn’t seem to have much success in imaging, it turned out that we all underestimated the manufacturer. X70 Pro+ not only had excellent main camera, but also worked with Zeiss Optics to provide the T* coating used in SLR lenses.Moreover, it is equipped with self-developed image chip and micro cradle technology.On the other hand, Although Huawei could not get enough chips for some reason, it still launched THE P50 Pro, as a new generation of huawei flagship, which is still strong in image.In addition to the 50 megapixel main camera, there is a 64 megapixel telephoto camera and a 40 megapixel black and white auxiliary imaging lens.After leaving Huawei, Honor, which has been dormant for a period of time, has also brought their new flagship products. The new Magci series is rebooted — Honor Magic3 to The Ultimate Edition. From the image configuration, we can actually see the shadow of Huawei on this phone, with 50 million pixels main camera and 64 million pixels telephoto.It also has a 64 megapixel ultra wide Angle and 64 megapixel black and white auxiliary lens, which looks like an enhanced version of the Huawei P50 Pro.It can be seen that, compared with previous flagship phones, the main camera of 2021 flagship phones is mostly limited to 50 million pixels, while simultaneously using a larger sensor.The number of lenses is no longer the focus of publicity. Some flagship phones that focus on image power have only three cameras, rather than five lenses arranged on a camera module.Moreover, compared with the hardware piling up, the major manufacturers in this year’s software algorithm is also significantly increased efforts, Such as Xiaomi’s Owl algorithm, One Plus hasselblad professional mode, Huawei’s XD Fusion Pro image engine.Through the camera algorithm to supplement the image technology, for users to bring more intuitive improvement, in the night scene and other special scenes performance is far beyond the past, of course, there is also a large sensor credit.In addition, major manufacturers also began to add some self-developed or co-developed technologies into the image module, such as Vivo’s microhead and self-developed image chip, Xiaomi’s 1/1.12-inch outsole, OPPO’s 60-fold microscopic mode, etc., to attract users to buy with unique technical selling points.Although ultimately inseparable from night scene, shake proof and other shooting requirements, but at least make the market flagship phones look no longer identical, but have their own characteristics.In The opinion of Xiao Lei, the flagship mobile phones in 2021 have commendable performance in image technology, and compared with the flagship mobile phones in 2020, the reputation in image has significantly increased.In fact, some flagship phones in 2020 also take a wrong path. High pixels are important, but the actual imaging results are not necessarily pleasing to the user’s eye, and ultra-high pixels have high requirements for processor performance and algorithm, otherwise the experience may not be as good as low pixel mode.It’s clear from the performance of the major manufacturers in 2021 that they are aware of this, so we hardly saw a single ultra-megapixel phone in the flagship market this year, instead reinvesting in areas where users can feel the change more directly.Ray had a few flagship in 2021, the biggest feeling is not what you need post-processing can make a photo of enough to make people satisfied, hair that is more than sufficient, circle of friends and in a variety of native format output support, in 2021, the flagship of the mobile phone can even meet the demand of part of the professional shooting, post processing more convenient also.Speaking of post-processing, this is one of the differences between the 2021 flagship phones from previous flagship phones, whether xiaomi or OPPO, vivo, OnePlus and other flagship phones support professional-grade RAW image files, making it easier for photographers and amateurs to modify the parameters of photos.It is also a step forward for the flagship phone from amateur equipment to professional photography equipment.Although Lei does not know whether mobile phones will replace cameras in the future, the extinction of digital cameras and entry-level SLRS actually foreshadows part of the future.A sign that the great War is over?From 1080P to 2K, from 60Hz to 90Hz and then to 120Hz, the resolution and refresh rate of mobile phones will improve at an unprecedented speed in 2020, making more people feel the charm of high resolution and high refresh rate.However, the year 2021 seems to be the result of pushing too hard in 2020, or perhaps the screen has reached a temporary end point. The screen parameters of flagship phones have not changed much in the past year.Throughout the flagship phones in 2021, screen parameters are basically 2K+120Hz+10bit color. Except for a few phones that still use the fake 2K resolution screen, most phones have been upgraded to the current best configuration along with the mainstream.In terms of metrics, the biggest improvement is that the screen brightness is once again improved. Thanks to the introduction of Samsung E4 and E5 panels, the local peak brightness of the screen is 1,700 nits, and the global peak brightness is basically over 1,000 Nits.With the increase in brightness, one significant improvement is that HDR video plays better, and support for visual effects such as Dolby Vision is improved, which should be noticeable to video and audio lovers.For the average user, though, besides getting sharper in the hot sun, the screen can be blinding at night when it’s accidentally pulled to high brightness.In addition to the ascension of brightness, the new flagship phone also are using LTPO technology, namely intelligent variable frame rate technology, this technology is to alleviate the flagship power consumption problem of the screen and developed, carrying the LTPO technology the flagship of the mobile phone will be based on user use scene intelligent adjustment screen refresh rate, such as games to 120 hz,When reading text, it drops to 30Hz or less.The LTPO technology was able to significantly reduce the power consumption of the flagship screen in tests, up to more than 50%, which some readers may have joked would not feel the battery life improvement.In fact, this is not to blame for the screen, the bigger problem should be on the processor. The power consumption of Snapdragon 888 makes many flagship phones face heating and battery life problems. Although they are basically improved after optimization, the problems still exist, which is enough to offset the power consumption saved by the display energy saving.Together in 2021, the flagship of the mobile phone in the screen parameters improvements compared to 2020, the flagship of the mobile phone is not large, in addition to the brightness and power consumption, the biggest changes may be color, but color standard for the average user is not much use, estimated that only designers and photographers can feel the color change of ascension.Some users mistakenly think that color accuracy refers to the degree of color restoration of the mobile phone when displaying content. In fact, it is the deviation value between the screen color and the standard color of the mobile phone when displaying photos, videos and other files. The smaller the deviation value, the closer it is to the standard color, which is convenient for designers and photographers to modify and adjust the color of the work.However, although the hardware parameters are not improved, there are a lot of upgrades in the software. OPPO’s full-link color engine enables the upgrading of image technology and display technology to be organically combined, so as to achieve the real shoot is what you get.At the same time, OPPO also added color enhancement technology to the system, based on the test user’s color preference to improve the color tendency of the screen, bringing a better visual feel.For most users, the screen of today’s flagship mobile phone is very perfect, and the upgrade experience is not high, so many manufacturers focus on display technology, in order to display enhancement technology to bring users a better sense of film and television.In fact, in 2020, many people thought that flagship phones in 2021 would enter the 4K field, but it seems that power consumption and cost are difficult to balance, which is not suitable for most users.As for the future screen, before micro-LED and MiniLED are applied to the mobile phone field, the upgrading of OLED screen material has basically come to the end, and the future is nothing more than the continuous improvement in color, brightness and resolution.So when the cost of 4K’s high-refresh screens comes down and power consumption is brought under control, we should see the adoption of 4K phones.Finally, 2021 is not a harvest year for the mobile phone industry. With the continuous decline of mobile phone sales, domestic mobile phones are also facing the dilemma of high-end mobile phones. Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo and other manufacturers have repeatedly hit the high-end, but their performance is not optimistic.From the perspective of mobile phone design, traditional domestic flagship mobile phones are still unable to break through the obstacle of Apple in the face of the mountain of iPhone.In the market of less than 5000 yuan, domestic flagship mobile phones also have strong competitiveness throughout the world. At least in the field of Android phones, domestic flagship mobile phones are still proud of themselves.However, xiao Lei also believes that the flagship mobile phone in the future will stand on the high-end market, gain the recognition of the high-end market, at least in the screen, image and other aspects, the domestic flagship mobile phone is not backward, even beyond.At present, the only problem is the product ecology and user recognition. In the past year, Xiaomi, OPPO and other manufacturers are building their own product ecology. The proposal of Internet of everything and Windows-Android Unicom have pointed out a way for Android manufacturers to build their ecological construction.The future domestic flagship mobile phone will certainly have a significant improvement in the experience.From comparing hardware parameters to optimizing user experience, domestic flagship phones are on the right path.