Yesterday was the day of presentation of the Honor Play , a device that we already intuited that could break with the tradition of the Play range and be a high-end gaming terminal, something that in the end has been confirmed, and that has not been limited to include cutting-edge features, but has been accompanied by a new technology called GPU Turbo aimed at improving the gaming performance of the device.
Honor tries to compete well with other terminals focused on the world of portable gaming by making a SoC that is not the leader in graphic performance as the Kirin 970 is able to look at the Adreno solutions present in the Qualcomm chips, one on one, and that have been used in other similar devices like the Xiaomi Black Shark , he Nubia Red Magic or the Razer Phone , And the truth is that in the absence of more specific technical tests, the idea of Honor is as simple as it is innovative.
The Honor Play will not be the only one to include the Turbo GPU feature
GPU Turbo is a technology that does not work miracles, since it is simply dedicated to divert resources and energy to the GPU whenever necessary to optimize the performance of the graphics chip (MALI G72MP12).
According to Honor, and in the absence of verified evidence, this new technology is capable of improve performance device graph up in a 60% with a consumption 30% lower, something that on paper sounds really good, although we should know what are the conditions used to reproduce these results.
Honor says that Turbo GPU technology is even capable of providing HDR graphics in unsupported titles for it, and what is better, it is not exclusive of the Kirin 970 chip, since it is also included in the Honor 9i also presented on the day of yesterday and that makes use of a SoC Kirin 659.
And if we take into account that there are two Honor smartphones with different SoC using this technology, it was expected that it would be extended to other devices. Specifically, the people of Honor have announced that the Turbo GPU function will reach the Honor 10, Honor View 10, Honor 9 Lite and Honor 7X .
This technology will improve in the future
Honor firmly believes in GPU Turbo, and that is why it has announced that in the future it will continue to expand the capabilities of the same adding support for technologies of virtual reality Y augmented reality, Honor Play being the first to receive these updates.
Honor believes so much in its new technology that it has even affirmed that a mid-range Honor device will be able to exceed in graphic performance a flagship of another company thanks to Turbo GPU.
For now we do not know if the GPU Turbo secret is limited to a simple energy optimization and device resources, but if Honor has so much faith in it, it is possible that the manufacturer is using some kind of automatic overclock similar to that used by desktop graphics, which is capable of significantly increasing performance when the GPU’s consumption and temperature conditions allow it.
And finally, to mention that given the fact that Honor smartphones use the same Kirin SoCs as Huawei, it is more than likely that we will soon see new (and old) devices from this manufacturer to sign up for this technology. It’s a matter of waiting.