Not more than two hours after OnePlus unveiled their latest flagship device, XDA-Developers published a strongly worded article about the massive cheating by the said company to attain better benchmark results for the OnePlus 5.
“While no customers have a device in their hands (it just launched after all), we have learned about OnePlus’ new benchmark cheating mechanism through our review unit, which we received about ten days ago before the day the embargo breaks and reviewers are allowed to report on the device. Unfortunately, it is almost certain that every single review of the OnePlus 5 that contains a benchmark is using misleading results, as OnePlus provided reviewers a device that cheats on benchmarks.”
XDA also added the following statements;
“As a result, every OnePlus 5 review citing benchmark scores as an accolade of the phone’s success is misleading both writers and readers, and performance analyses based on synthetic benchmarks are invalidated. What is worse is that, this time around, the cheating mechanism is blatant and aimed at maximizing performance, unlike last time which did not increase scores by much on average, but did reduce variance and thermal throttling”
The benchmark cheating puts the device into a state which is explicitly not how the device will run in day to day usage, and it is representing performance that you will not see in other apps that aren’t specifically targetted by such boosts.
According to XDA-Developers, this is the response they got from OnePlus;
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.
This isn’t the first time OnePlus got caught with their hands in the cookie jar, and this isn’t the first time an OEM has cheated to tamper with benchmark results.
While benchmark scores are by no means an absolute indicator how a device will perform in the real world, OnePlus did get a little bit of publicity, and might have swayed undecided buyers, when it was shown it outperforms the Galaxy S8 Plus and Google Pixel XL in benchmark results.
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OnePlus has grown massively in a span of 4 years, from. The company has become very popular in the Android Community scene as it has worked hand in hand with the community in their software development.
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While already tainted with controversy, early reviewers are singing high praises for the OnePlus 5. The OnePlus 5 has the following specifications:
OS: Oxygen OS based on Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 paired with Adreno 540
RAM/ ROM: 6GB/64GB or 8GB/128GB
Dual Camera Setup: 16MP f/1.7 and 20MP f/2.6 (2 times optical zoom), EIS
3.5mm Jack: Present
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display: 5.5 inch Optic AMOLED, 401 ppi