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The Kirin 980 Is Great For Emulation

The Kirin 980 Is Great For Emulation

Half 1 of our Honor View20 gaming assessment targeted on the View20’s gaming efficiency in a dozen prime Android video games on the Play Retailer. As anticipated, the Honor View20 dealt with these video games—even on their highest graphical settings—like a champ. Honor’s View20 is a flagship smartphone with flagship hardware, in order that’s to be anticipated. Cellular recreation builders can’t make video games which are solely playable on a handful of units or they might run out of enterprise. Though a few of the video games we examined did push the Honor View20’s Kirin 980 a bit, none of them actually made the smartphone sluggish to a crawl. That’s why we’re again to check how nicely the Honor View20 handles console emulation.

Emulating consoles and handhelds just like the Tremendous Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Nintendo DS, or PlayStation 1 is one thing that the majority Android smartphones can deal with with ease. The Sega Dreamcast and Sony PlayStation Moveable require a bit extra energy, however most Android units should not have any hassle with the default emulation settings for the preferred Dreamcast and PSP emulators. The consoles that almost all of Android units wrestle with are the Nintendo GameCube and Nintendo Wii. Sadly, solely the highest-end Android units may have an honest expertise with GameCube and Wii emulation. The Kirin 980 definitely qualifies as high-end, however is it highly effective sufficient to fit your retro gaming wants? We examined a mess of Dreamcast, PSP, GameCube, and Wii video games on the Honor View20 to seek out out.

Class Specification
Design In-screen digital camera (show gap), V form colour edge, Nanotexture with aurora impact
Show 6.Four-inch 19.25:9 IPS LCD; 2310×1080 (398ppi), Four.5mm show gap
91.82% screen-to-body ratio
Rear Cameras 48MP Sony IMX586, f/1.eight lens, half″ CMOS measurement, zero.8µm, Quad-Bayer pixel binning, 78-degree angle
3D Time-of-Flight (TOF) sensor
LED flash
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Entrance Digital camera 25MP, f/2.zero, 27mm
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Cellular Platform CPU: 7nm HiSilicon Kirin 980 (2x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 2.6GHz, 2x ARM Cortex-A76 @ 1.92 GHz, 4x ARM Cortex-A55 @1.eight GHz)
GPU: Mali-G76 MP10 (1o core, 720MHz)
RAM 6/8GB LPDDR4X @ 2133MHz
Storage 128/256GB
Ports USB Sort-C (three.1), three.5mm headphone jack
Connectivity Twin SIM, Twin 4G VoLTE, 1.4Gbps Cat. 21 LTE, Bluetooth 5.zero, Twin-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, A-GPS/GLONASS, NFC
Hyperlink Turbo, IR blaster
Safety Rear-mounted fingerprint-scanner
Battery Four,000mAh, Four.5V/5A quick charging (22W Tremendous Cost 1.zero)
Software program Honor Magic UI 2.zero.1 (Android 9 Pie)

Disclaimer: Honor despatched me a View20 for evaluate. Honor can also be a sponsor of XDA, nevertheless Honor didn’t have any say within the content material of this text.

The rationale we selected to check GameCube and Wii video games is clear. Emulating these two consoles is one thing that even units with the newest Snapdragon 855 might wrestle with. In our benchmarks evaluating the Snapdragon 855 with the Kirin 980, the Snapdragon 855 and Kirin 980 are pretty comparable in CPU efficiency however the Snapdragon 855 trounces the Kirin 980 in uncooked GPU efficiency. For these of you contemplating whether or not you should purchase a Huawei or Honor gadget with the Kirin 980 or one other flagship with the Snapdragon 855, we needed to point out you what sort of efficiency you may get in the event you select the Kirin 980 system.

As for why we selected to check PSP video games, it’s as a result of we needed to see how a lot we might improve the graphical high quality with out degrading efficiency. Emulation velocity is essentially CPU dependent until you need to uncap the FPS or improve the interior decision of the console or mess with textures and shaders. Fortuitously, PPSSPP (our PSP emulator of selection) has a number of settings to toy with, so we have been capable of finding a candy spot that provides you a lot better graphics than the unique PSP hardware with out having to cope with body price drops. We have been additionally simply curious how properly the gadget handles Dreamcast emulation so we added 5 Dreamcast video games to our testing, although sadly Reicast presents few choices to tune its efficiency.

When you haven’t already, I like to recommend you learn half 1 of our Honor View20 gaming evaluation. There we speak concerning the gaming expertise with the punch gap show, the gaming efficiency in 12 of probably the most graphically demanding Android video games, our expertise with the View20’s reminiscence administration and storage velocity, and our expertise with the View20’s battery life. The reminiscence administration, storage velocity, and battery life are all extremely necessary elements to think about when on the lookout for a smartphone to satisfy your cellular gaming wants, however we gained’t be retreading previous floor on this article so do examine that article out should you’re fascinated by listening to our ideas on these subjects.

Lastly, think about this text to be a common check of the Kirin 980’s emulation efficiency. Different Honor and Huawei units just like the Honor Magic 2 and Huawei Mate 20 Professional ought to submit outcomes which are fairly near what we acquired under. I’ve the Honor Magic 2 and Huawei Mate 20 X and have performed a few of the video games I examined for this evaluation on each units. I can affirm that the Honor View20’s outcomes are about what you need to anticipate for the opposite Kirin 980 units.

Earlier than we transfer on to displaying you our outcomes with console emulators, we’ve to follow-up on an incorrect declare we made within the final article.

MagicUI/EMUI‘s Gaming Mode

Partially 1 of our gaming evaluation, we criticized MagicUI/EMUI for not having a devoted gaming mode function. We’ve got to apologize as a result of the software program does supply a gaming mode. In our protection, it’s exhausting to seek out. The devoted gaming mode known as “AppAssistant” and is situated in Settings > Apps. You can too add a shortcut to it on the launcher.

AppAssistant will not be as superior as Samsung’s Recreation Tuner, however it will get the job executed. You’ll be able to add your video games to AppAssistant for shortly launching them. You possibly can allow “recreation acceleration” which activates efficiency mode. You’ll be able to activate “uninterrupted gaming” which blocks onscreen notifications apart from calls, alarms, and low battery warnings from displaying. AppAssistant additionally helps you handle any Bluetooth gaming peripherals you may need. For instance, I can handle the important thing mapping of my Betop G1 recreation controller. The settings have solely two choices. One permits you to toggle the knuckle gestures off when gaming and the opposite toggles whether or not to launch AppAssistant when one in every of your gaming peripherals connects to your system.

You possibly can’t management the display decision on a per-game foundation regardless that MagicUI/EMUI has a “sensible decision” choice to mechanically change between FHD+ and HD+. You can also’t management the per-game body fee or CPU clock velocity like Razer Recreation Booster on the Razer Telephone. Regardless of the shortage of options, the presence of a devoted gaming mode app will clear up most of your frustrations when gaming.


Earlier than we dive in, let me clarify a number of issues about how I carried out this evaluation:

  • For the Dreamcast, GameCube, and Wii, I caught to the default emulation settings.
  • For the PSP, I modified choices to extend the graphical high quality as a lot as I might. On the similar time, I didn’t allow any choice to enhance efficiency. It’s potential to unlock the FPS for some PSP video games through the use of a cheat code, however I selected to not as a result of doing so can mess with some video games’ physics engines. Metallic Gear Strong: Peace Walker is one such instance.
  • As a result of Android nonetheless doesn’t permit you to report the interior audio, I needed to document the sound from the microphone output. I used MagicUI/EMUI’s built-in display recorder.
  • I used GameBench to gather knowledge on a lot of the GameCube and Wii titles that I examined, apart from New Tremendous Mario Bros. Wii and Tremendous Paper Mario which I as an alternative selected to document for demonstration functions. I left the system plugged in to the PC for many periods as a result of I had points getting GameBench to work untethered (probably associated to EMUI’s aggressive background app administration.) I didn’t use GameBench for the Dreamcast or PSP titles as a result of the info simply isn’t fascinating.
  • I had hassle getting the DualShock Four controller to attach over Bluetooth. Fortunately, Android Pie has the right controller mapping for the DualShock Four, so I used to be capable of plug-in the controller and map my inputs.
  • Lastly, I wasn’t taking any of those video games critically, so please excuse the horrible gameplay in a number of the recordings. I skipped the tutorials and introduction dialog in all of the video games wherever potential, however as a result of I had forgotten a few of the controls for video games I had beforehand performed I spent slightly longer than I ought to have in some areas.

Dreamcast Emulation

Though it was short-lived, Sega’s Dreamcast boasted a wholesome number of video games which are nonetheless appeared upon favorably to this present day. Classics like Loopy Taxi and Jet Set Radio have been distinctive, trendy, and addictive. Shenmue was to date forward of the curve with its open world surroundings. Sonic Journey and Resident Evil – Code: Veronica on the Dreamcast have been each well-made continuations of two iconic recreation franchises, although players would later have the ability to take pleasure in them on the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2 respectively. I selected these 5 video games due to their immense reputation; when you’re going to relive your reminiscences by emulating the Dreamcast, there’s a superb probability you’ll begin with certainly one of these video games.

The perfect Dreamcast emulator on Android is Reicast. It’s easy to make use of although, sadly, it lacks loads of the choices you’ll discover in emulators for different consoles. You’ll be able to’t improve the interior decision, for instance, so that you’ll be caught enjoying video games on the most 480p decision. The video games that I picked all look nice anyway, however it might be good to extend the decision since I consider the Honor View20 and Kirin 980 can deal with it.

Reicast - Dreamcast emulator
Reicast - Dreamcast emulator

Video games:

  • Loopy Taxi
  • Jet Set Radio
  • Resident Evil – Code: Veronica
  • Shenmue
  • Sonic Journey

Right here’s a playlist of 5 display recordings displaying off Dreamcast emulation on the Honor View20. There are virtually no slowdowns at any level throughout gameplay. (Reicast’s built-in FPS counter was damaged for a lot of the video games, however you possibly can clearly see that the video games run at their goal FPS principally on a regular basis.) The audio is almost good. There are a couple of points with shadows in Shenmue, however that’s about it.

PlayStation Moveable Emulation

The Sony PlayStation Moveable, or PSP, might not have bought in addition to the Nintendo DS, however it’s nonetheless within the prime 10 best-selling recreation consoles of all time. Sony’s choice to make use of proprietary reminiscence playing cards within the PSP angered many hardcore players, however these players have been ultimately gained over by the extremely numerous PSP modding scene. The PSP was arguably one of the best handheld of its time just because it might be used as a transportable emulator for different consoles whereas additionally having an ideal library of exclusives. In case you have been a fan of a few of the greatest PlayStation recreation franchises, you then needed to personal a PSP as a result of lots of sequels and spin-offs have been developed for this handheld.

Video games like Kingdom Hearts Delivery by Sleep and Metallic Gear Strong: Peace Walker have been essential additions to their respective collection, whereas different video games like Persona three: Moveable and Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron gave you a style what you already loved on your own home console. Certainly one of my favourite franchises, Valkyria Chronicles, had two sequels launched on the PSP, although the third title within the collection by no means made its strategy to the west. Thankfully, there’s a very well-made fan translation patch on the market for the third title. I performed these 5 PSP video games on the Honor View20 as a result of they’re all video games I keep in mind fondly and ones that would do with a face carry in PPSSPP. PSP video games ran at 480×272 on the unique hardware, and thus would look horrible on the Honor View20’s 1080p LCD if performed on the unique settings. Luckily, PPSSPP permits you to bump up the rendering decision, amongst different settings, to massively enhance the graphical high quality.

PPSSPP - PSP emulator
PPSSPP - PSP emulator


  • Backend: Vulkan
  • Mode: Buffered rendering
  • Frameskipping: Off
  • Postprocessing shader: FXAA Antialiasing*
  • Rendering decision: 5x PSP
  • Upscale degree: 3x
  • Anisotropic filtering: 16x

*Altering the postprocessing shader can introduce stuttering, so I left it on the default setting.

Video games:

  • Kingdom Hearts Delivery by Sleep
  • Metallic Gear Strong: Peace Walker
  • Persona three: Moveable
  • Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron
  • Valkyria Chronicles three (with English fan translation patch)

Right here’s one other playlist, this time displaying off PSP gameplay on the Honor View20. As you possibly can see, the Kirin 980 has no problem dealing with PSP emulation, even when bumping up PPSSPP settings to enhance the graphics.

Nintendo GameCube and Nintendo Wii Emulation

My private favourite out of the 4 sixth-generation online game consoles is the Nintendo GameCube. Nintendo knocked it out of the park with their assortment of first-party titles. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Yr Door is likely one of the greatest RPGs of all time, and is on many individuals’s prime 10 video games listing. Resident Evil Four redefined third-person survival horror, although its successors did not stay as much as its hype till the brand new Resident Evil 2 remake got here alongside. Tremendous Mario Sunshine’s platforming gimmick won’t be nearly as good as Tremendous Mario Odyssey‘s Cappy, however I nonetheless assume F.L.U.D.D helped make the sport among the best 3D Mario platformers. The 2 Legend of Zelda video games that got here out on the GameCube couldn’t be any extra totally different in type and tone, however each have been nonetheless fashionable sufficient to be remastered in HD for the Wii U.

The Nintendo Wii could be credited for bringing gaming to new demographics, however it nonetheless had an amazing choice of titles for long-time gaming followers. Certainly one of my favourite online game franchises, Hearth Emblem, noticed the discharge of (arguably) its greatest title on the platform. Mario Kart Wii is the primary with actual on-line multiplayer, and I had a whole lot of enjoyable racing different gamers as Funky Kong. New Tremendous Mario Bros. Wii re-imagined the basic side-scrolling platform for many who by no means had the prospect to play the unique. Tremendous Paper Mario experimented with non-turn based mostly fight, upsetting followers of the unique two titles, nevertheless it was a enjoyable expertise for many who approached the collection for the primary time.

Dolphin Emulator
Dolphin Emulator

Video games*:

*For titles with clickable hyperlinks, the hyperlink takes you to the GameBench session I recorded.

The next gameplay efficiency knowledge was recorded utilizing GameBench, a superb service that helps you analyze gaming efficiency on Android and iOS. GameBench has desktop shoppers and cellular shoppers. We used a mixture of the Android cellular shopper and the desktop shopper for our assessment.

GameBench (FPS counter without root)
GameBench (FPS counter without root)

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Yr Door

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Yr Door ought to be absolutely playable simply based mostly on my expertise. I not often met lag when shifting about outdoors of battle, and infrequently did I expertise any lag throughout battle. Some results like getting into a pipe to load a brand new space will lag a bit, however it shouldn’t impede your gameplay. There weren’t any graphical points with the X-Nauts within the opening scene. I didn’t attempt Chapter 2 with the Punies within the Nice Tree, although I don’t assume it ought to be an excessive amount of of an issue.

Resident Evil Four

Resident Evil Four is virtually playable. Lag can actually impression your gameplay expertise right here, and the Honor View20 definitely does lag a bit in Resident Evil Four. I feel with a more moderen or experimental construct of Dolphin (there’s a number of beneficial ones on /r/EmulationonAndroid) and with some settings tweaks (body skips, and so forth.), you possibly can in all probability get Resident Evil Four operating at acceptable speeds to completely full the sport. I performed the sport till the church bell rang within the village, signaling the top of the primary main enemy encounter.

Tremendous Mario Sunshine

I used to be hopeful that Tremendous Mario Sunshine can be playable at default settings, however sadly it’s not. I recorded two periods on the Honor View20 to exhibit the efficiency. The primary session was on the Delfino Airstrip at first whereas the second was at Delfino Plaza and within the first degree of Bianco Hills. The FPS fluctuated method an excessive amount of for a 3D platformer. You’ll in all probability have to tweak a variety of settings to make Tremendous Mario Sunshine playable on Kirin 980 units.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

Fortuitously, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is one other story. The sport ran rather well throughout my 17 minute gaming session which began firstly and ended with Hyperlink’s sister being kidnapped by the Helmaroc King. There was some minor slowdown within the forest with the lighting results, however I feel your complete recreation ought to be playable.

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Twilight Princess isn’t playable, and I don’t assume there’s any strategy to salvage it. Strolling by means of Ordon Village was a chore, and I think about that Hyrule Subject can be even worse.

Hearth Emblem: Radiant Daybreak

A turn-based RPG like Hearth Emblem: Radiant Daybreak is ideal for if you’re on-the-go. I accomplished the primary three prologue chapters in Half 1 with none points on the Honor View20. Having crushed Radiant Daybreak twice, I feel beating it a 3rd time must be doable on a Kirin 980 gadget.

Mario Kart Wii

Emulating Mario Kart Wii on Android is unusual. It’s playable on some maps, however lags an excessive amount of on others. With body skipping and different tweaks, I guess you can also make this recreation absolutely playable. Even so, there’s an odd graphical glitch the place a black field covers up a part of the display. This situation additionally occurred on Adam’s Mi 9, so I don’t assume it’s a Kirin-specific bug. Maybe a future replace to the Dolphin Emulator will repair the difficulty.

New Tremendous Mario Bros. Wii and Tremendous Paper Mario

I didn’t report GameBench periods for these two titles, however as an alternative recorded temporary gameplay periods as a result of I assumed it could be boring to have so many GameBench screenshots back-to-back. I haven’t performed by way of Tremendous Paper Mario up to now, however it appears to me that it must be absolutely playable on the Honor View20. There are some noticeable lag spikes with sure results, however the recreation runs at 60FPS for probably the most half. New Tremendous Mario Bros. Wii did not run on the 60FPS mark for a lot of the session, however it oddly nonetheless felt playable. That’s probably as a result of the side-scrolling platformer is fairly forgiving within the earlier ranges, although. In any case, I feel with some settings tweaks, you’ll be able to enhance the efficiency to the purpose the place it’ll be an fulfilling expertise.

I initially deliberate on testing Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Chief, however it’s a stuttering mess (it’s no higher on the Xiaomi Mi 9 with the Snapdragon 855) so I left it out as a result of it’s unplayable.

Conclusion – The Honor View20 (And Different Kirin 980 Telephones) Is Nice For Emulation

I hope this text exhibits which you can have an excellent retro gaming expertise on the Honor View20 and different smartphones powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 980. The SoC can simply deal with emulating video games from the Nintendo 64, PlayStation 1, Nintendo DS, and Tremendous Nintendo, however that was by no means actually unsure. If you wish to play video games which are newer, then the Kirin 980 nonetheless has no issues emulating the Dreamcast or PlayStation Moveable, although it struggles with a couple of titles from the Nintendo GameCube and Wii. You’ll need to be selective about what video games you need to play from the GameCube or Wii, however you might be stunned by how properly the Honor View20 and different Kirin 980 units deal with lots of their video games.

Earlier than I began testing these video games for my evaluation, I by no means actually noticed my smartphone as a retro gaming machine. Don’t get me flawed, I’ve all the time recognized it was potential and I used to be nicely conscious of the various open supply emulators on GitHub and Google Play. It’s simply that I’ve by no means had the will to make use of my smartphone for emulation. Revisiting the PSP video games on a display that’s considerably higher than my previous PSP and with the potential for higher graphics gave me the itch to replay a few of these video games. I personal a PlayStation Four and Nintendo Change, however my smartphone is rather more handy to only decide up and resume a gaming session for a couple of minutes. In case you aren’t actually feeling any of the cellular video games on Google Play, you need to attempt choosing up an emulator to start out enjoying a few of the actually high-quality video games you may need missed out on. And in case you’re on the lookout for a brand new smartphone to energy by way of your backlog of retro video games, you gained’t be disillusioned by the efficiency of the Honor View20 or another Kirin 980 gadget.

Honor View20 Pricing and Availability

When you’re within the Honor View20, learn our preliminary hands-on, video assessment, and in-depth digital camera high quality check. You should purchase the View20 from HiHonor.com, which ought to mechanically redirect to your area. The Honor View20 is on sale in Europe, China, India, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia. The smartphone is accessible in Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black, Phantom Blue, or Phantom Purple. The Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black colours include 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the Phantom Blue and Phantom Purple colours include 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The costs of the Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black are €569/£499/₹37,999 whereas the Phantom Blue and Phantom Purple value €649/£579/₹45,999.

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Observe: Huawei has stopped offering official bootloader unlock codes for its units. Subsequently, the bootloader of the Honor View20 can’t be unlocked, which signifies that customers can’t root or set up customized ROMs.

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