Huawei Honor Note 10 – Huawei’s CPU Turbo Technology
2017 was the year of mobile AI chips, wherein Huawei introduced the Kirin 970 chip with a powerful dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit). The technology giant kicked-off 2018 with a bang by introducing innovative products and technologies to gain an edge. The innovations include GPU Turbo Technology, 7nm Kirin 980, Kirin 710, 5G chips, among others.
During the Honor Play (gaming-centric phone) launch, it announced the GPU Turbo technology, now the Huawei has launched CPU Turbo technology alongside the Honor Note 10 (phablet). The key difference between the GPU Turbo and CPU Turbo is that the GPU Turbo features is a pure software-based optimization which can increase performance by 60 percent and reduce the power consumption by 30 percent. On the other hand, CPU Turbo is hardware as well as software based optimization. This brings to our first question concerning the CPU Turbo technology.
What Is CPU Turbo?
The Honor Note 10 is equipped with Dual Turbo Technology (GPU Turbo + CPU Turbo). The CPU Turbo technology can stimulate the ultimate performance of the CPU with a press of a button. The Honor Note 10 is equipped with a separate CPU Turbo button which intelligently cleans unnecessary processes letting the phone focus on the current task.
The technology creates more resources for CPU/GPU-intensive applications such as gaming, high-resolution movie playback, among others. Informally, The mobile phone focuses on the current job like a nitrogen-accelerated car, enjoying the immersive pleasure.
How Does The CPU Turbo In Honor Note 10 Works?
Basically, Huawei CPU Turbo works by boosting clock speeds of the Kirin 970 CPU and freeing up memory. By freeing up RAM, the phone will allow games to load more assets instead of reading them from flash storage (which can cause momentary lag (slow down). The Note 10 comes with 6 GB of RAM as standard and there’s an 8 GB version too, so it should have less RAM-related issues than most phones out there.
Boosting clock rates or operating frequency (Overclocking) is not a new thing, it is being already done on desktop systems. However, desktops have no space constraints to accommodate cooling systems for compensating the heat generation due to overclocking.
In the smartphone segment, there is a significant space constraint. Hence the CPU Turbo Feature is further supported by a cooling technology (fan-less) dubbed as “THE NINE”. Basically, THE NINE is a heat pipe with a cooling fluid that keeps the chipset running at a predetermined temperature level. This should help it stay cool and enable the higher clock. Overclocking also increases power consumption but the phone has a 5,000mAh battery so it should still last a while.
The cooling technology is similar to the 5mm liquid cooling tube used in the MacBook Air, through the hot and cold zones of the chassis, 9 layers of three-dimensional heat dissipation, the maximum CPU temperature can be lowered At 10 ° C, the heat dissipation capacity is increased by 41%. It’s not just games, the Honor Note 10 also supports Huawei’s PC mode so the extra clock speed and free RAM can come handy for running desktop-grade software. Using the dedicated hardware button, the user can enable both CPU and GPU Turbo modes on the Note 10.
Honor Note 10 – Beauty & Beast?
In my opinion, the Honor Mate 10 is a beauty cum beast as it boasts a 6.95-inch AMOLED display, 5000mAh large-capacity battery, Dual Turbo technology, Dedicated External Beast-Mode Turbo button. Further, the Note 10 is equipped with Kirin 970 processor, with up to 8GB of memory, supports 5V/4.5A super fast charge. As per the official presentation, the beast can play the King Glory Game for 6.5 hours or watch video for up to 15 hours.
For photography, the primary camera has a 24 MP + 16 MP AI dual camera setup, with dual f/1.8 aperture, supports AIS smart anti-shake, no tripod can also shoot beautiful night scenes. The front 13 MP camera supports intelligent scene recognition, supports 8 scenes such as flowers, indoors, and nights, and shoots more beautiful selfies.
DC works as a technology analyst in a research and advisory firm specializing in automotive, energy, electronics, and semiconductors domain. When he's not working, he loves gaming on his modest pc build, loves sci-fi films, and big pop culture geek!