After talking up Snapdragon 821 features like increased speed and Daydream compatibility last month, today Qualcomm is touting another feature of its new processor.
Qualcomm today announced Clear Sight, a technology that utilizes two cameras for increased image quality. With the Qualcomm Spectra Image Signal Processor (ISP), Clear Sight uses one camera with a color sensor and one with a black and white sensor. The color sensor acts like a regular camera, but the black and white sensor captures up to three times more light, which Qualcomm says leads to better contrast as well as less noise and improved sharpness in low-light areas.
Qualcomm’s Spectra ISP can merge and process the data from both photos simultaneously to create a single photograph.
Clear Sight is supported on both the Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 processors.
Smartphones with two rear cameras seem to be one of the big mobile trends of 2016, with companies like Huawei, LG, and Apple all launching handsets with dual rear camera setups. With Clear Sight supported by the Snapdragon 820 and 821 processors, we could see more smartphones with dual rear camera setups in 2017 as device makers look for notable new features to add to their latest handsets.