RedMagic unveils the Red Core 1, a new "independent gaming chip" for smartphones
2022 has taken 2021's lead in becoming the year of the in-house Android smartphone co-processor in earnest. Now, RedMagic is the latest bradn in this industry to preview its own take on this kind of custom IC to accompany a given smartphone's main CPU. However, unlike the NPUs or dedicated ISPs of other OEMs, this Red Core 1 has been designed to enhance gaming on a 7-series flagship.
This new ancillary chipset - which might technically be introduced as the "RedMagic x Awinic x JD eSports Red Core No.1", has been co-developed by the first 2 parties in that co-branding word-salad. It functions to take over or boost a number of specs and features likely to affect gameplay or entertainment on the upcoming smartphones.
They include the flagships' "TikTap 4D" shoulder-trigger system, now thus rated for a touch response that goes down to the millisecond range, Similarly, a Red Core 1-equipped phone is touted to have a 500Hz touch sampling rate.
The co-processor is also now slated to control haptics that involve dual X-axis linear motors, thus delivering a vibration-related buzz of up to 160% greater in terms of volume compared to that of the 6 series.
The Red Core 1 is also responsible for audio on the 7 series. The chipset confers DTS Ultra X on their dual speakers, as well as an amplitude of up to 19% higher compared to that of the 2021 RedMagic phones and unique sound "optimizations" when a game is initialized.
Finally, the co-processor is also rated to control the RGB effects to be found on the back of a 7-series phone. It will allow these LEDs to achieve up to 4096 levels of responsiveness to its impulses, thereby possibly affording a user an enhanced level of customization and self-expression emanating from the back of their new phone.
All in all, the first-gen Red Core chip might help its brand hone its edge in its market, particularly as the main processor it will support is to be the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC. It has just been previewed ahead of the 7 series' launch in full. This February 17, 2022 event is also slated to introduce the world's first under-display camera gaming phone as part of this imminent 7 series.