Immersion basically means the ability to capture and render the world around you at high resolutions and quality for more realistic results. The Snapdragon 845 will feature an Adreno 630 graphics processor and Qualcomm’s Spectra 280 image signal processor (ISP) which we previewed earlier this year. The company’s graphics lead, Tim Leland, explained that the ISP allows for “Ultra HD premium” video capture at 60 frames per second. Qualcomm believes the Snapdragon 845 will be so good at photography that the phones powered by this chip will score above 100 on DxOMark, but that depends on how each device maker implements the new features.

Video and image processing features

With Ultra HD color capture, Leland says cameras can collect more color volume than before — a shift from the resolution race that’s been the focus of mobile photography in the past few years. The Spectra ISP collects more color data by combining three methods – moving from 8-bit to 10-bit color, expanding its color gamut from Rec 709 to Rec 2020, and increasing luminance (the brightness of an object).

That’s a lot of jargon to parse through, but basically, the chip can process more shades of the same color for more depth, more colors and increased levels of brightness (up to 10,000 nits) for the same hue. That allows for more nuance in image quality.

Spectra ISP will also bring about improvements to low light footage thanks to new software that enables multi-frame noise reduction at using 60 16-megapixel images per second. Having that much data helps the processor make more informed decisions on…

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