OnePlus’ latest flagship OnePlus 5 is official and has been collecting positive reviews and feedbacks from reviewers all around the world for its super fast performance and great user experience. But as per a new report from XDA Developers, OnePlus 5 has actually been caught red-handed while tricking benchmarking apps to get higher scores and eventually misguiding reviewers and readers of reviews backed by data from such apps.

During its investigation, XDA discovered that OnePlus “resorts to the kind of obvious, calculated cheating mechanisms we saw in flagships in the early days of Android, an approach that is clearly intended to maximize scores in the most misleading fashion.”

In terms of what is happening under the hood, the OnePlus 5’s little cores were found to be clocked at the maximum clock speed of 1.9GHz whenever there was any benchmarking app working. This helped the latest OnePlus flagship achieve some of the highest scores ever on Geekbench 4 on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. This is because the kind of practice OnePlus was found to be indulged in is said to result in better multi-core results as compared to the situation when no such practice was going on. In fact, the little cores were found to be ticking at 1.9GHz only 24.4% of the times under standard conditions in comparison to a whopping 95% under the conditions implemented by OnePlus.

All-in-all, OnePlus was found to tricking AnTuTu, Androbench, Geekbench 4, GFXBench, Quadrant, Nenamark, and Vellamo benchmarking apps for getting better and higher scores. Interestingly, all of these affected apps are exactly the same which were found to be targeted by OnePlus when it was caught cheating benchmark apps earlier this year.

In response, OnePlus told XDA:

People use benchmark apps in order to ascertain the performance of their device, and we want users to see the true performance of the OnePlus 5. Therefore, we have allowed benchmark apps to run in a state similar to daily usage, including the running of resource intensive apps and games. Additionally, when launching apps the OnePlus 5 runs at a similar state in order to increase the speed in which apps open. We are not overclocking the device, rather we are displaying the performance potential of the OnePlus 5.

Now this response from OnePlus is exactly opposite of what it gave when it was caught following unethical methods for the first time with the OnePlus 3T. At that time, it had admitted the mistake and assured not to repeat such a thing again. But now with the OnePlus 5, it has done the same thing again in a slightly different way but is defending the accusation by saying that it was done to show the performance potential of the new flagship.

It is a well-known fact that synthetic benchmark scores are never the true measure of a device’s day-to-day performance and to see OnePlus trying to manipulate benchmark apps to get higher scores twice is certainly disappointing.

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