Qualcomm Adreno Turbo could become official tomorrow as GPU Turbo competitor

Qualcomm Adreno Turbo could become official tomorrow as GPU Turbo competitor
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.

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9 Comments

1. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

I think they might have licensed this tech from Huawei. Considering it took huawei 4 years and millions of dollars to make gpu turbo I don't think Qualcomm can come up with such a tech this quickly. Or maybe they too started developing a while back?

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Qualcomm use their own custom GPUs, not Mali GPUs like Huawei So GPU Turbo most likely won't be compatible with Adreno That is if GPU Turbo is legit. I suspect its just Hauwei fixing their previously poor firmware Qualcomm have been the market leaders in mobile GPU for the past 3 years They've been developing these custom GPUs since 2006 (12 years) and probably spent hundreds of millions or billions Qualcomm's GPUs have been focusing on sustained performance Adreno Turbo is probably just more aggressive clocks for better peak performance like what Huawei current do (Samsung and Apple too)

5. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

You've got absolutely no idea on how Huawei's gpu turbo works. If you knew you wouldn't say it's not compatible with adreno gpus, at the most it would have required just some tweaks in order to work. Essentially the gpu turbo tech works by discarding the graphics in a frame that has already been rendered and only renders new stuff that appears which saves resources on the gpu and increases performance dramatically.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Source? Sounds like that would need major software integration to work

7. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

The original source is in Chinese, but saw a video on YouTube explaining the tech

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Will be interesting to see if it work all apps or just apps that are updated to supported

9. sintruder

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Yeah that part I'm not sure, but at least in games where it is supported it makes a huge difference. In PUBG mobile the Kirin 970 with gpu turbo almost matches snapdragon 845, at least from the tests I have seen.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Tweaking the DSP maybe... not so different to what I bet the Kirin is doing with their NPU.

3. Avieshek unregistered

I hope a Software update does things.

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