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Xiaomi, Qualcomm could be bringing PC-like game settings to a future phone

From GPU performance profiles to anti-aliasing, this suite of features could deliver more granular gaming tweaks.

Published onJuly 30, 2020

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro back bottom half
  • Xiaomi and Qualcomm are reportedly working on a GPU Turbo suite of features.
  • This would allow you to choose various performance profiles for the GPU.
  • It could also allow users to tweak settings like anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering.

Many smartphones today have features to improve gaming performance, such as HUAWEI’s GPU Turbo and OPPO’s Hyper Boost technologies. This is in addition to dedicated performance modes that boost system performance in general at the expense of battery life.

It looks like Xiaomi and Qualcomm could take things up a notch in a big way though, as frequent tipster Ice Universe claims the duo are working on a brand-new GPU Turbo suite for the rumored Mi 10 Pro Plus. Check out the tweet and accompanying screenshots below.

Super Leak:Xiaomi Mi10 Pro+ has a unique feature: Game Turbo, a mode developed by Xiaomi and Qualcomm’s GPU team, which is unprecedented. You can use it to adjust GPU parameters and modes, including GPU frequency adjustment and so on.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) July 30, 2020

The images show the ability to choose different GPU performance profiles, namely default, save power, balanced, high quality, and a custom profile. Choose the latter and you’ve got some nifty PC-like settings to tweak, such as anisotropic filtering, texture filtering, and anti-aliasing.

It’s unclear whether these settings would apply to all games in general (akin to NVIDIA’s Control Panel on PCs) or if developers would explicitly need to support GPU Turbo to take advantage of these tweaks. It would nevertheless be pretty interesting if more granular visual controls come to smartphones, giving you the tools to get the performance/visual balance you want.

We’ve asked Qualcomm for comment regarding the leak and whether the supposed feature could come to other phones. We’ll update the article if/when they get back to us.

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