It isn’t often that a manufacturer can boost the performance of a handset that launched months ago, but it seems that Huawei has found the secret sauce to help it do just that. The Chinese handset maker would appear to have noticed the buzz that Razer and ASUS caused with the launch of their gaming phones and decided that it would like to get in on the action. In a nutshell, Huawei will soon roll out a software update to a bunch of its previously released smartphones that will boost the graphics performance by up to 60%.
Besides boosting the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) by 60%, the update should also increase battery efficiency by up to 30%, which is again, a most impressive number. The technology is called GPU Turbo and it will mean that graphically intensive games such as PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang will be able to run at higher frame rates with much more detail and special effects. Besides improving gaming performance, GPU Turbo will also support AR and VR applications, although that may need developers to code in support for specific devices.
These are the Huawei and Honor handsets said to be getting the GPU Turbo software update:
- P20/P20 Pro (August)
- Mate 10/Mate 10 Pro/ Mate RS (August)
- P20 Lite/ Mate 9/ Mate 9 Pro/ P10/ P10 Plus (September)
- Y6/ P Smart/ Mate 10 Lite (September)
- Honor 10 (August)
- Honor 9/ Honor 7X/ Honor View 10 (September)
- Honor 8 Pro/ Honor 9 Lite (September)
The Honor 10 GT has just launched in China with 8GB RAM and the GPU Turbo software pre-installed, a phone which we may soon see in Europe under the Honor 10 Play moniker if the rumors are correct.
With the software updates slated to begin rolling out from August sometime, owners of compatible handsets can soon look forward to increased graphics performance as well as even better battery life. Now we just have to be patient and wait.