GPU Turbo update to begin rolling out to selected Huawei handsets from August

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.

Here is the release schedule for the GPU Turbo software update that even includes the Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro from 2016:

ModelRegions Release Date
HUAWEI Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate RSEurope, Russia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, AfricaAugust 2018
HUAWEI P20 and P20 ProEurope, Russia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, AfricaAugust 2018
Huawei Mate 10 LiteAll MarketsSeptember 2018
Huawei Nova 2iAll MarketsSeptember 2018
Huawei P SmartAll MarketsSeptember 2018
Huawei P20 LiteEurope, Asia Pacific, Middle East, AfricaSeptember 2018
Huawei Y9 2018All MarketsSeptember 2018
Huawei Mate 9, Mate 9 proAll MarketsNovember 2018
Huawei P10, P10 PlusAll MarketsNovember 2018

Now it’s just a case of waiting patiently until the GPU Turbo update begins rolling out in August.

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About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).