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2 Mins Read! What, Why, How, When Of GPU Turbo Technology?

In June, Huawei announced its “GPU Turbo” feature at the Glory Play Launch conference. It left many users in confusion if the feature is embedded into a piece of hardware or in the smartphone. In this post, we are explaining the what, why, when, how of GPU Turbo feature.

GPU Turbo
Image Source: Huawei Central

In a nutshell, the GPU Turbo (G-Turbo) is a soft and hard graphics acceleration technology that can improve the performance of mobile GPUs and improve graphics processing efficiency by 60%. At the same time, GPU power consumption will be reduced by 30%.

What is GPU Turbo?

G-Turbo is a software and hard co-graphics acceleration technology that opens up the processing bottleneck between the EMUI operating system and the GPU and CPU, increasing graphics processing efficiency by up to 60% and CPU power consumption by 30%. Better improved the smartphone gaming experience.

How does the GPU Turbo Work?

As of today, G-Turbo is purely a software solution. The mode can be enabled via a software update, no additional hardware is required. G-Turbo is a software and hardware coordinated graphics processing acceleration technology. This technology reconstructs the underlying graphics processing framework and improves the overall efficiency of GPU graphics operations.

During the launch, in the live data display, mobile phones using GPU Turbo technology were demonstrated. The feature can achieve full-frame operation such as “Glory of the King” and “Wild Action”. Yu Chengdong (Huawei’s Official) said that under the GPU Turbo’s mode, the single-threaded performance of the mobile phone can beat the performance of other mobile phones and multi-threaded. Even the mid-range mobile phone can outperform the flagship model of many mobile phones in a game performance.

In the future, if Huawei decides to design their own GPU, this feature can be implemented at the hardware level ensuring enhanced energy-efficient GPU performance.

Why is GPU Turbo introduced?

As of today, Huawei is sourcing ARM’s Mali Series GPU IPs, which are weaker than the Qualcomm’s in-house designed Adreno GPUs. This is the reason, where most of the high-end and upper mid-range chipsets were getting outrun by Snapdragon chipset line-up.

For instance, Kirin 970 chipset has a dedicated NPU, however, the Mali GPU is not as powerful as the Adreno GPU in the Snapdragon 835. To be competitive in the market, Huawei came up with the G-Turbo feature, a software-based solution which can be installed via software update for game improvements.

In addition to allowing mobile games to run at higher frames (fps), GPU Turbo technology can also bring HDR quality to the game, which can significantly improve the game quality. Further, It also brings additional screen effects to mobile phones, such as comic effects, nostalgic effects, sharpening effects and so on.

How to enable GPU Turbo feature

As mentioned above, it’s an inbuilt free software feature as easy as turning on the Bluetooth. The feature will be carried in the EMUI’s software update. Also, the following update schedule is sourced from GSMArena which neatly presents the update for various Huawei smartphones.

When Phones
End of June Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, Honor View 10
July P20, P20 Pro and Mate RS Porsche Design, Nova 2S, Honor 10, MediaPad M5 Series
August Nova 3e, Enjoy 8 Plus, Enjoy 7S, Mate 10 Lite, Honor 9 Lite, Honor 7X
September Mate 9 Series
October P10, P10 Plus, and P10 Lite, Honor 9, Honor 8 Pro
November and later Other phones

In view of the above, the following video sums up all.

Last Thoughts

In my opinion, the GPU Turbo feature is a bit of a head scratcher as performance boost will come by lowering the resolution or GPU core overclocking, but this will drain the battery and cause fever. If the given technology can be worked upon to integrate it at the hardware-level, optimum performance and efficiency can be achieved.


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