Honor is rolling out its long awaited GPU Turbo update to Honor 10 users today, along with a few other ‘tricks’. Other handsets will get updates later in the year.
Bar OS updates and security patches, most updates don’t bring anything substantially new to the table, but Honor and Huawei will be upgrading a wide range of handsets to add what it calls ‘GPU Turbo’.
- Read my Honor 10 Review
Handsets using the latest Kirin chipsets will soon be able to benefit from faster frame rates on games (the list of supported titles is currently quite small, but it is likely to grow given the growth of both brands around the world), a general improvement on phone usability (faster menu navigation, transitions etc) and improved battery optimisation that should extend battery life even under the heaviest loads.
In addition, the Honor 10 update rolling out currently (126.96.36.199) also gives the phone the same AI Stabilisation feature that has wowed Huawei P20 Pro owners, with the ability to take night shots, with 5 or 6 second exposure times, without the need for a tripod or even a very steady hand.
In some ways, this is an even bigger deal than the GPU update!
A new 480 frames-per-second slow-motion mode has also been added to the camera too, plus improvements in the Artist mode.
The .143 update also adds the July 2018 security patches from Google.
The Honor 10 comes with a Game Suite app that allows you to configure the GPU enhancements, as well as turning off notifications that could interrupt your play.
One game that benefits from the GPU Turbo update is PUBG and you can see in a video below (courtesy of Tech Spurt) how the update has improved the gaming experience.
In addition to the Honor 10 update rolling out to users this week, Huawei handsets set to benefit will include:
|Huawei Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate RS||Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa||August 2018|
|Huawei P20 and P20 Pro||Europe, Russia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa||August 2018|
|Huawei Mate 10 Lite||All Markets||September 2018|
|Huawei Nova 2i||All Markets||September 2018|
|Huawei P Smart||All Markets||September 2018|
|Huawei P20 Lite||Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa||September 2018|
|Huawei Y9 2018||All Markets||September 2018|
|Huawei Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro||All Markets||November 2018|
|Huawei P10 and P10 Plus||All Markets||November 2018|
Meanwhile on the Honor side, The Honor View 10 and Honor 9 Lite are due updates in September, the Honor 9, Honor 8 Pro and Honor 7X during November, and at some later date the Honor Play.
More info: GPU Turbo