OnePlus 5 Review Units Caught Cheating Benchmark Scores; Company Doesn't Deny: Report
As per the report, OnePlus has again used unethical methods to boost the overall Benchmark score of its latest OnePlus 5.
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OnePlus devices have been known for their ‘flagship killer’ status since long and for the most parts, have lived up to the name. The power-packed devices carry the latest specifications as per their time of release and on sheets, look unmatchable with the kind of specifications they carry. While the OnePlus 5 has been launched very much on the same lines, a recent report claims that the latest OnePlus flagship has used "dishonest methods" to cheat Benchmark apps and raise their Benchmark scores even further. What’s more, the report makes it clear that the OnePlus unit under test was the one from the review units distributed to media and the same may not be propagated to the consumer devices. This, not only questions the credibility of the company but also the technology journalists who are reviewing the OnePlus 5. The company had been caught doing this with their previous device – the OnePlus 3T as well.
As per a report by XDA developers, OnePlus has once again used obvious cheating methods to dupe the Benchmark apps by skyrocketing the device’s performance indicators as soon as it detects such an app. More specifically, the little cluster’s minimum frequency jumps to its maximum, i.e. 1.9 GHz under performance governors. The report claims that this is the reason why the OnePlus 5 has been able to achieve some of the highest scores on GeekBench 4 amongst devices carrying the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC. The OnePlus 5 scores are reportedly even higher than Qualcomm’s own test device – the MSM8998. The Benchmark apps affected by this cheating method are Androbench, AnTuTu, Geekbench 4, GFXBench, Nenamark 2, Quadrant and Vellamo.
The report also mentions that OnePlus has targeted the same applications as at the time of OnePlus 3T. Without the cheating mechanism in place, the OnePlus 5 could achieve only 24.4 percent of the ‘maximum frequency’ results, as opposed to a 95 percent indicated performance of the device when the cheating mechanism was used. The performance difference, however, was prevalent only in multi-core scores, with the single-core tests showing a higher than average score without any manipulation. As per the report, these manipulated results are nowhere close to the real-world performance of the OnePlus 5 in any way and show a practically unachievable performance score in a real world scenario. The OnePlus 5 was also said to have heating issues, with the device reportedly reaching outside temperatures of over 50 degree Celsius.
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When confronted with the findings, the OnePlus team reverted with the following explanation:
“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.”
The report counteracts the reply by mentioning that the apps not using the cheating mechanism will not see a similar performance boost and hence this is not the regular day-to-day usage condition.
OnePlus 5 in itself is a highly capable device and did not really need to ride on its Benchmark scores to make it a hit. It comes as a surprise as to why the company has indulged in such practices and that too for the second time after being confronted for such acts earlier.
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