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OPPO joins growing gang of phone benchmark cheats

OPPO is the latest smartphone manufacturer to be caught cheating on benchmark tests after the 3DMark developer delisted the Find X and F7 from its charts after it found that results had been artificially boosted by as much as 41%.

Both Huawei and OnePlus has also been caught cheating on benchmark tests this year and took a fair amount of criticism for their naughty behavior. Now it has been revealed that OPPO was also up to no good, how many other smartphone manufacturers are waiting to be caught?

UL Benchmarks, the developer behind 3DMark, a benchmark testing app used by many in the industry, including AndroidPIT, offered this official warning:

"The OPPO Find X was ranked #4 in our list of the Best Smartphones for 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme performance. It now appears unranked, and without a score, at the bottom of our rankings. 3DMark scores from delisted devices should not be used to compare models."

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The boosted performance data compared to UL's private app data. / © UL Benchmarks

OPPO used the same trick that Huawei used where a secret performance mode would be activated when the software detected the 3DMark app by name when it was launched. At the time, Huawei said that it prioritizes user experience over performance and that it’s special “performance mode” is designed to kick in when users need optimum performance.

OPPO admitted that its phone did indeed detect the benchmark app and boost performance as a result. The company said that the same thing happens when it detects games by name. In situations where the phones cannot detect an app by name, performance is limited to between 70% and 80%. Users can disable the system performance limit by tapping on the screen every five seconds or so.

According to UL Benchmarks, OPPO said that it was working on “upgrading the system” in order to improve its approach to performance optimization for the benefit of its users.

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The Pocophone F1 is one of the top benchmark performers, but can the data be trusted? / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

We have known that smartphone manufacturers cheat benchmarks for ages, we've written about it before, and the general feeling is that everybody does it, and it's no big deal. However, UL's decision to delist the OPPO Find X and F7 could trigger in a change in attitude for manufacturers which won't want to be excluded from future comparisons.

What do you think of benchmark cheats in the smartphone business? Do you consider benchmark results when buying a new smartphone? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: UL Benchmarks

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  • Sorin 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    Similar to Dieselgate being the scoring test scores ?!


  • "the general feeling is that everybody does it, and it's no big deal"
    I disagree with this and I suspect a significant number of readers do as well. What I suspect is closer to the general feeling is "everybody does it, the benchmarkers are complicit in it, and no one cares what the consumer actually wants so there's nothing we can do about it".
    Hands on reviews are one of the last places where honest feedback is possible. Head to head comparisons are good too, those are harder to cheat, though I'm sure it happens.


  • Well to me that means none of the benchmarks can be trusted to give a correct reading or score of any device. Thus it's useless stating any benchmark tests and scores as we can't trust that it's correct and reliable. Always wondered how apples quad cores out performed octa-cores. I might be wrong but it just doesn't make sense.

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