If you own a recently launched Huawei (or Honor) smartphone, it could soon be receiving a software update called GPU Turbo that will boost graphics performance by up to 60% on graphically intensive games such as PUBG Mobile. The GPU Turbo software update will begin rolling out to selected Huawei handsets from August onwards.
Playing graphically intensive games on mobile tends to drain the battery quicker than regular usage, but there is good news on that front with Huawei saying that GPU Turbo also optimizes power consumption while gaming by up to 30%. Besides gaming, Huawei says that GPU Turbo will deliver an optimized EMUI experience while also benefitting AR and VR technologies. If you don’t own a flagship such as the Mate 10 Pro, P20 Pro, or even the Mate 9, you’ll be glad to find out that phones such as the P Smart and P20 Lite are also on the list of eligible handsets.
How does GPU Turbo achieve this increase in graphics performance and optimization in power consumption? For the moment, Huawei is coy on the details, merely saying that its engineers took inspiration from a car’s turbocharger and that the technology was built from the ground up. Ryan Lui, AVP, Software Marketing, Huawei Consumer Business Group had this to say:
“Gaming on mobile devices is the platform seeing the most innovation, with users enjoying more sophisticated, beautiful and graphically-demanding games. GPU Turbo makes high-end gaming experiences possible while also unlocking the potential for other demanding applications possible such as energy efficient AR/VR for shopping, learning and fun.
|HUAWEI Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate RS||Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa||August 2018|
|HUAWEI P20 and P20 Pro||Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa||August 2018|
|Huawei Mate 10 Lite||All Markets||September 2018|
|Huawei Nova 2i||All Markets||September 2018|
|Huawei P Smart||All Markets||September 2018|
|Huawei P20 Lite||Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa||September 2018|
|Huawei Y9 2018||All Markets||September 2018|
|Huawei Mate 9, Mate 9 pro||All Markets||November 2018|
|Huawei P10, P10 Plus||All Markets||November 2018|
Now it’s just a case of waiting patiently until the GPU Turbo update begins rolling out in August.