Here’s the complete GPU Turbo device list!

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This summer Huawei and its sub-brand Honor introduced a new graphics processing acceleration technology called GPU Turbo. Announced on the same date as the Honor Play, the new feature is said to be able to increase processor performance in demanding games, while also improving graphics and reducing latency for smoother gameplay.

The two companies claim that GPU Turbo can improve the graphics processing efficiency by up to 60%, while at the same time reducing the SoC energy consumption by 30%.

The new feature will be applied to a number of Huawei/Honor smartphones including the Honor 10 and Honor 7X via a software update. So is your device getting GPU Turbo? Check out the list below to find out which devices are getting the graphics processing acceleration technology.

Huawei Nova 3i smartphone

GPU Turbo device list, eligibility and release date

Here is a full device list of the Huawei and Honor Android phones as regards the GPU Turbo. We have provided the device’s eligibility, release date status and the software version of the update (if applicable) for the GPU turbo software update.

Device Eligibility Release and software version
Honor 10 Yes Since September 11 | Version COL-L29 8.1.0.143 (C636)
Honor 5X No NA
Honor 6A Pro No NA
Honor 6X Yes Not released yet
Honor 7 No NA
Honor 7A Pro No NA
Honor 7C No NA
Honor 7S No NA
Honor 7X Yes Since September 11 | Version B360 8.0.0.360
Honor 8 No NA
Honor 8 Pro Yes Since September 11 | Version DUK-Al00 8.0.0.388
Honor 8X and 8X Max Yes Available out of the box
Honor 8X Max Yes Available out of the box
Honor 9 Yes Since September 11 | Version STF-Al00 8.0.0.388
Honor 9 Youth ed. (aka Honor 9 Lite) Yes Since September 11 | Version B187 8.0.0.187
Honor 9i Yes Since September 12 | Version RNE-L21 8.0.0.330 (C185)
Honor Note 10 Yes Available out of the box
Honor Play Yes Available out of the box
Honor V10 (Honor View 10) Yes Since August 28 | Version BKL-L09 8.0.0.170 (C675)
Honor V9 Yes Since September 11 | Version DUK-Al00 8.0.0.388
Huawei Mate 10 Yes Since August 11 | Version ALP-L09 8.0.0.137 (C02)
Huawei Mate 10 Pro Yes Since August 24 | Version BLA-L29 8.0.0.148 (C432)
Huawei Mate 10 RS Yes Since August 10 | Version NEO-L29 8.1.0.150 (C721)
Huawei Mate 10 Lite (Maimang 6) Yes Since September 11 | Version RNE-L21 8.0.0.334 (C185)
Huawei Mate 20 Lite Yes Available out of the box
Huawei Mate 8 No NA
Huawei Mate 9 Yes Since September 20 | Version MHA-AL00 8.0.0.360 (beta)
Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Yes Since September 20 | Version LON-AL00 8.0.0.360 (beta)
Huawei Mate 9 Pro Yes Since September 20 | Version LON-AL00 8.0.0.360 (beta)
Huawei Nova No NA
Huawei Nova 2 Lite No NA
Huawei nova 2 plus No NA
Huawei Nova 2i Yes Since September 11 | Version RNE-L21 8.0.0.334 (C185)
Huawei Nova 2s Yes Since July 18 | Version HWI-TL00 8.0.0.192 (C01) (beta)
Huawei Nova 3 Yes Available out of the box
Huawei Nova 3i Yes Available out of the box
Huawei Nova 3e Yes Not released yet
Huawei Nova Lite No NA
Huawei P Smart (Enjoy 7S) Yes Since August 30 | Version FIG-LX1 8.0.0.158 (C432)
Huawei P10 Yes Since September 11 | Version VTR-L09 VTR 8.0.0.383
Huawei P10 lite yes Since September 19 | Version WAS-LX1A 8.0.0.362 (C33)
Huawei P10 Plus Yes Since September 11 | Version VKY-L09 VTR 8.0.0.383
Huawei P20 Yes Since August 15 | Version EML-L29 8.1.0.152 (C432)
Huawei P20 Lite Yes Not released yet
Huawei P20 Pro Yes Since August 15 | Version CLT-L29 8.1.0.152 (C432)
Huawei P9 No NA
Huawei P9 lite No NA
Huawei P9 Plus No NA
Huawei Y3 2017 No NA
Huawei Y5 Prime No NA
Huawei Y6 2018 No NA
Huawei Y7 Prime No NA
Huawei Y7 Prime 2018 No NA
Huawei Y9 2018 (Huawei Enjoy 8 Plus) Yes Since September 11 | Version FLA-TL10 8.0.0.168 (TL10)

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But does GPU Turbo actually work?

Obviously, the real question here is, does GPU Turbo actually work, or is this just a gimmick? Well, opinions vary across the board. For example, the folks at XDA developers and GSM Arena conducted tests using a GPU Turbo-enabled Honor 10 while playing demanding games like PUBG and Mobile Legends. Both tests resulted in higher, more consistent frame-rate and improved battery efficiency.

However, there are people who argue that GPU Turbo is merely a cheap trick of rendering games at a lower resolution while overclocking the GPU. Case in point, there are many reviewers out there who claim they have not noticed any real improvements while playing.

But eminent tech website, Anandtech has a more balanced approach. In an in-depth piece about the technology, we find the following paragraph: “GPU Turbo itself is not just a marketing ploy, but rather a very real and innovative solution that tries to address the weaknesses of the current generation Kirin chipsets […] However much of the technical merit of the GPU Turbo has been largely overshadowed by the quite overzealous marketing claims.”

So the more realistic conclusion to be drawn here is that Huawei’s GPU Turbo does make a subtle difference in gameplay, just don’t expect anything too miraculous.

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