OnePlus and Meizu Cheat Benchmarks
If you have been around this site or the mobile community in general for some time now, then you surely remember the “benchmark cheating” saga. Back in the day, it was a common practice, especially among smaller manufacturers, with a clear preference towards the AnTuTu testing suite. The practice slowly died off in recent years, but a new reseach from the dedicated XDA community has uncovered signs of it in two current flagships – the OnePlus 3T and Meizu Pro 6.
XDA’s investigation into core speeds and thermal throttling is truly in-depth but here’s the quick rundown. The OnePlus 3T detects certain benchmark apps and switches over to a more aggressive CPU governor to keep clock speeds higher for longer.
Unlike some other cheating schemes of the past, this essentially only means that OnePlus is deliberately trying to squeeze every last bit of performance out of the device. We suppose this is somewhat more acceptable, especially since OnePlus was quick with its response to the issues, even offering a promise to patch it in future OxygenOS builds on both the OnePlus 3 and 3T.
We aren’t completely ready to let OnePlus off the hook by referring to the behavior as a special high-performance mode, implemented for general use with high-intensity apps. The XDA guys were able to accurately shine a light on the variance in reported performance scores with modified APK packages. This typically entails a very targeted attempted at fooling a specific list of apps, rather than simply offering a boost-mode.
A quick glance at our test database, comparing the OnePlus 3T to devices like the Xiaomi Mi Mix and Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, both using the same higher clock Snapdragon 821, does show some notable variances. AnTuTu 6 shows a whooping 10,000 points difference and it’s now a bit easier to explain it.