From time to time we hear about unfair practices of smartphone manufactures. This problem is related to overclocking of mobile CPU and GPU when a user launches synthetic benchmark application. Recently Huawei has been caught on such practices.
That is why more and more users cease to trust rankings based on results from benchmarks. Now the problem concerns Huawei, and more precisely the models P20 Pro, Nova 3 and Honor Play.
The problem regarding the reliability of benchmark results is as old as the world.
Already many smartphone manufacturers have implemented mechanisms in their smartphones that have detected the fact that a performance test application has been launched. The deceit lies in the fact that when you start the appropriate application, the smartphone switches to the increased performance mode. Most often this involves turning up the processor and graphics system parameters to values that are never used during normal use. The problem was noticed by the editorial staff of Anandtech and UL company (owner of the 3DMark benchmark). Fortunately, this type of fraud can be easily verified. That’s why UL tested Huawei smartphones using an unpublished version of the 3DMark benchmark, which does exactly the same tests, but is otherwise identified by the operating system.
Huawei admits to the error
UL recognized that the mechanisms used by Huawei violate the principles of compliance with the 3DMark benchmark. That’s why the company has removed the results for smartphones Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei Nova 3, Honor Play and Huawei P20 from its database. Huawei explained why he optimized his smartphones for benchmarks. The manufacturer specifically activates the increased performance mode during the test to get a better result because its competitors do the same. This issue concerns mainly Chinese smartphone manufacturers, who put synthetic test results in their promotional materials.
Of course, they are often compared to the results obtained by the Huawei smartphone.
This is not the first case in which a producer of known flagships has been caught upsetting the parameters of their smartphones for benchmarks. Not so long ago, OnePlus explained from similar accusations. Similar sins also have Samsung (models Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1), and HTC (One M7 and One mini). Fortunately, this time the case was not swept under the carpet. Huawei promised that in the near future will enable users to use the mode of increased performance.