With the release of console-quality games on Android recently, manufacturers are stepping up their efforts on the gaming front with the latest devices. Huawei’s sub-brand Honor is one such movement that is seeing a number of its devices upgrading to GPU Turbo 2.0 to offer a better gaming experience as well as adopting the company’s latest EMUI 9.0 software experience.
What is GPU Turbo 2.0?
The official Honor blurb defines GPU Turbo 2.0 as the following on its website that calls out for beta testers to test the technology:
GPU Turbo, a revolutionary graphics processing acceleration technology with hardware-software integration, providing global users with a smoother and faster mobile experience, is finally here. Want to be the first to experience what GPU Turbo is all about? Submit you’re an application to get a chance to be one of 15 members to receive an exclusive beta test update! In addition, we’re also inviting 15 people to join us for a night of fun at GPU Turbo Party!
In reality, GPU Turbo 2.0 is the successor to the technology pioneered by Huawei and hooks into the additions Android Pie and EMUI 9.0 provides. It produces even better gaming performance and comes with a new app assistant dedicated to playing games, as well as providing support for a wider list of games. Huawei claims that the 2.0 version will reduce touch input latency by 36% and can also deliver higher frame-rates while improving the power efficiency. During its testing, Huawei demonstrated that using the Mate 10 achieved an average frame rate of 59.7fps on King of Glory, 59.5 on CrossFire, and 59.8 on Knives Out.
GPU Turbo 2.0 support for Honor Play, Honor 10 GT, V10
When the technology was showcased at IFA 2018 in Berlin, the list of supported devices was short with the app reserved for the likes of the Huawei P20 Pro and Nova 3. Huawei is now expanding the support of the technology to the Honor Play, Honor 10 GT, and the Honor V10.
The addition of GPU Turbo 2.0 will see an instant improvement in gaming performance for these devices for the list of titles that currently support the acceleration performance graphics technology. The list of supported games currently includes:
- PUBG Mobile
- Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
- NBA 2k18
- Rules of Survival
- Arena of Valor
More games are constantly being added with Huawei officials choosing to highlight that GPU Turbo 2.0 version is suitable for these more heavy-duty games, such as “Breakdown 3”, “Yin and Yang”, “Stimulus Battlefield”, “QQ Speed”, “Wildness Action”, “Glory of the King”, “Crossing the FireWire”, and more.
Earmarking these devices to receive the GPU Turbo 2.0 treatment also means that Android 9 Pie and EMUI 9 is on the immediate upgrade roadmap for these devices.
Based on the leaked upgrade schedule, here is when the devices can expect to get the upgrade:
Honor GPU Turbo Software Update Schedule
|Honor 10||Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East||August 2018|
|Honor 9 Lite||Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East||September 2018|
|Honor V10||Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific, India, Middle East||September 2018|
|Honor 7X||All Markets||September 2018|
|Honor 8 Pro||All Markets||November 2018|
|Honor 9||All Markets||November 2018|
As mentioned, with many console-grade games coming to smartphones, enhancing the software to optimize the experience with some of the more processor-intensive games is a big deal for consumers. Huawei seems to be at the forefront of the technology when it comes to its premium devices but now seems to be extending this technology into the Honor range too.
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