Back in June, Huawei-owned Honor unveiled a new software enhancement for its smartphones known as GPU Turbo
. The update, which essentially diverts power to the GPU in the hope of improving performance, is aimed primarily at fans of mobile gaming and seems to have proven quite popular since its launch. But now it looks as though Honor and parent company Huawei
may soon be facing some competition.
In what could be a direct answer to the successful marketing campaigns that have surrounded GPU Turbo in China, Qualcomm
has teased the unveiling of its own alternative via its official Weibo account. It still remains unclear what kind of claims Qualcomm will be making with the software but it wouldn’t be surprising to see the brand improve upon those of Huawei and Honor – GPU Turbo can allegedly boost gaming performance by up to 60%. Moreover, it’s not known if the company's technology will be limited to its flagship processors or if less powerful offerings from the Snapdragon 400 and 600 lines will also be compatible. Regardless of this, though, considering Qualcomm isn’t a smartphone manufacturer, it’ll remain to be seen how quickly devices will begin receiving the software upon launch.
Now, it’s worth pointing out that the possible launch of Adreno Turbo is simply speculation at the moment – the company’s teaser only states that something faster, smoother, cooler, and smarter is on its way – but the only other alternative would be a new SoC, something that would be a rather odd move for the American company considering both the relatively small market that exists at the moment for gaming smartphones
and the fact that the brand has only teased its announcement in China.