OnePlus and Meizu are new OEMs found to be culprits of indulging in benchmark cheating. Both of them were found to be cheating benchmarking apps to boost their scores in order to deceive both users and critics. They both were busted by the XDA team after partnering with Primate Labs, creators of Geekbench, for investigation purposes.
In the case of OnePlus, XDA observed that the OnePlus 3T was making its CPU cores clock at a higher speed during the benchmark test as compared to non-benchmark apps. It found that the phone’s little cores were clocking at 0.98GHz and bigger cores at 1.29GHz with no CPU load. In comparison, both types of cores of the OnePlus 3T clock at around 0.31GHz for other types of apps with zero CPU load.
Primate Labs helped XDA in the investigation by building a custom secret benchmark app which was meant to avoid getting detected by phones as a benchmarking app. And when OnePlus 3T was benchmarked using the app, XDA saw the difference in scores when compared with traditional benchmarking apps.
On the other hand, Meizu’s Pro 6 Plus (powered by Exynos 8890) smartphone was used for testing. It was found that the phone was switching to ‘Performance Mode’ during benchmarking which basically means all of its high cores were working at their maximum potential. This is surprising considering that Meizu usually doesn’t keep high cores alive and it was making use of high cores only when there is a benchmark app.
But on the brighter side, OnePlus responded swiftly when XDA reached out to them regarding their findings. It promised to stop manipulating benchmarking apps by fixing the issue in future updates.
In an official statement to XDA, OnePlus said:
“In order to give users a better user experience in resource intensive apps and games, especially graphically intensive ones, we implemented certain mechanisms in the community and Nougat builds to trigger the processor to run more aggressively. The trigger process for benchmarking apps will not be present in upcoming OxygenOS builds on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.”
It should be noted that it is not the first time OEMs have been busted doing benchmark cheating. It happened in 2013 as well when companies like Samsung, LG, HTC, and Sony were among culprits.