GPU Turbo update to grace a slew of Huawei and Honor phones this year

The Huawei P20 Pro will among the first to receive the GPU Turbo update.
The Huawei P20 Pro will among the first to receive the GPU Turbo update.
Huawei will be rolling out its GPU Turbo software update to select devices starting this August. GPU Turbo aims to improve graphics processing by 60% and reduce power consumption by 30% but Huawei is yet to prove its claims in the real world. The update initially supports PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang with support for more titles in the pipeline.

Back during Computex 2018, Huawei's subsidiary, Honor, announced that a software update will be heading to Huawei and Honor phones that can help increase the graphics processing efficiency of the said phones. Honor is calling this GPU Turbo, which is a software update that can supposedly increase graphics performance by 60% while reducing energy consumption by 30%. Now, Huawei has revealed a timeline detailing when compatible phones will be getting the update.

The GPU Turbo update will start gracing the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate RS, P20, and P20 Pro in August 2018 in Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. Most other Huawei phones will be getting the update by September 2018. The update schedule will wrap up by November 2018 with the Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, P10, and P10 Plus. Huawei seems to have confirmed to Android Authority that none of the Huawei phones in the US are getting the update. The speculated reason for this is the nonchalance of the US Government towards Chinese branded phones such as Huawei and ZTE. Nevertheless, if you've imported a Huawei flagship phone in the US, you're out of luck for now. 

GPU Turbo is meant to improve graphics performance in GPU intensive games and apps. How it achieves this is not exactly known. The company's claims of a 60% performance boost with 30% reduced consumption is a bit hard to chew. The only plausible way that this can be achieved is either by reducing the render resolution or overclocking the GPU. Given the tall claims about energy efficiency, the overclocking possibility seems a bit out of bounds. This also raises the question as to how come there is so much room for optimization and why didn't Huawei/Honor do this during release. 

Honor phones such as the Honor 10 will be getting the update in August with the Honor 9 Lite, V10, and 7X following suit in September. The Honor 8 Pro and Honor 9 will be getting their taste of GPU Turbo in November. Huawei is working with game developers to optimize their games for GPU Turbo. Initially, popular titles such as PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang are supported with more games in the pipeline. We will put the software update to test as soon as it rolls out so watch out for that.

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The GPU Turbo update will start rolling out from August 2018. (Source: GSMArena)
The GPU Turbo update will start rolling out from August 2018. (Source: GSMArena)


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-07-17 (Update: 2018-07-17)
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I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.