Samsung leads others in cheating smartphone benchmarks


It’s a practice that has been synonymous with Samsung for some time now, but it seems other phone manufacturers are slowly adopting this notorious trend of manipulating phone hardware to boost benchmark scores.

In the past, a simple way for an end-user to check the potency of an Android-based smartphone was by running a set of benchmarks that revealed the CPU, GPU and overall performance of a device. However, it seems now that major handset players like Samsung are tweaking their smartphones to win the performance race only in name.

According to a report by ArsTechnica, Samsung is artificially boosting the CPU clock frequency of the Snapdragon 800 powered Galaxy Note 3 that enables the device to achieve a higher score than normal with popular benchmark tests, a trend that is quickly spreading. This is after the company was recently caught adding tweaks to boost the benchmark scores of its Galaxy S4.

As of now, only Apple and Motorola are the only two OEM not doing so with their handsets for the sake of higher benchmark scores Anandtech tested devices from Asus, HTC, LG and found them to be using tweaks as well. Sony was not included as the company does not provide samples to Anandtech.

All this begs the question, instead of the OEM manufacturers trying to beat the system through dubious means, wouldn’t their time be better spent finding ways of optimizing the CPU, GPU and overall performance of their devices?

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