OnePlus & Meizu caught Rigging Benchmark Scores on Antutu & Geekbench Apps

by Karthik Iyer 4

Benchmarking applications like GeekBench and Antutu Benchmark, etc. are some of the most popular benchmarking applications that are used by a majority of people to test out their smartphone performance. While it is suggested that using benchmarking applications like these not always gives you a clear picture of your device performance as the day-to-day performance may vary, most people still go for this method to compare the device’s performance with others. Using benchmarking applications is not always a bad thing to do. However, there have been reports previously which shows that few manufacturers have tried to fool these apps by throttling their CPU’s performance when it is detected.

According to the new reports which we have, it looks like few manufacturers are still following the same old cheating tricks to fool these apps and show better performance in these kinds of benchmarking apps. Folks over at XDA developers have reported that OnePlus is targeting specific applications like AnTuTu and Geekbench to keep the clock speeds of the CPU up, in order to get better benchmark scores. This is indeed quite surprising to see such reports being put on a manufacturer like OnePlus, but there are proofs to back the same.

Qualcomm boosts the CPU clock speed while opening an app in order to get better speeds. However, it has been noticed that certain apps on OnePlus 3T were not falling back down to the original stock speeds after opening the app. After a thorough investigation on the same by XDA & GeekBench, it has been confirmed that OnePlus was indeed cheating by targeting applications to show better performance. You can check out the graphs for more info or head over to the source link below for more detailed analysis on the same with charts showcasing the clock speeds, etc. But long story short, the cheating tricks are still being used by the manufacturers which is quite very surprising.

And on top of it, it looks like OnePlus is not the only manufacturer who is doing it, in fact, even Meizu is following the same practice to show better results for Meizu Pro 6 smartphone. When reached out to OnePlus asking about this issue, they reverted with a response stating that it is a feature built into OxygenOS to help games and other performance-heavy apps perform better than other phones. They also stated that the targetted benchmark apps would be removed with the upcoming OxygenOS builds from both OnePlus 3 & OnePlus 3T.

Also, this is not the first time that we are seeing manufacturers trying to produce fake results. Previously, even Samsung and HTC were caught targeting benchmark apps by boosting CPU frequency when certain apps were detected. Let us know what do you think about this act from manufacturers like OnePlus and Meizu and also let us know if you use any benchmark apps to measure the performance of your smartphones. Stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more info on the same.

Karthik Iyer

Karthik is a Computer Science Graduate and a Tech Aficionado who has always found himself fascinated or playing around with all the latest and the best from the world of smartphones and beyond. When he is not working on any smartphone or covering the latest scoop, you can often find playing his favorite PS4 titles.

  • Real usage performance matters, not benchmark scores..Why’d they do it!!

  • chiragkapuriya

    all are same !

  • Vishal Giri

    these r already great product, why they do it?

  • Sagar VK18

    Lol didnt expect from OnePlus