OnePlus And Meizu Are Reportedly Cheating In Benchmark Tests

As we discussed recently, OnePlus 3T is one of the most powerful smartphones when it comes to benchmark performance, but it looks like they are not as powerful as OnePlus shows.

Folks at XDA-Developers recently reported that two phone makers have been tweaking some of their top selling performance including OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 3 and Meizu’s flagship phone, Meizu Pro 6.

Unlike standard testing optimizations, where the CPU stays on the same profile for all apps, these makers have modified their phones to automatically switch their processors into an overdrive mode whenever any widely used benchmark is detected running.

This nature of performance can be observed when monitoring differences in CPU Activity between running regular, non benchmark related apps and running benchmark apps.

While the work method is similar for both makers, they have used a different approach to accomplish this.

OnePlus programs their big and small processor cores to idle at 0.31 GHz for the non-benchmark tool, but whenever any benchmark is launched, the processing power is increased to 1.29GHz and 0.98 GHz respectively for big and small cores. OnePlus has hard coded some popular benchmark tools, including AnTuTu, Androbench, GFXBench etc. to the Operating System firmware.

Meizu, on the other hand, only activates the bigger cores of the phone when a synthetic benchmark is running. Meaning, most regular apps rely on smaller, slower core most of the time, but whenever any benchmark is run, the company makes sure that it is running on the bigger cores for higher test scores.

The report also discussed many popular smartphone makes were not caught cheating on benchmark tests; these makes include Google, Xiaomi, Huawei, Honor and Sony.

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