The whole “benchmark cheating” thing hit headlines back in July, with certain models of the Samsung Galaxy S4 reportedly capable of detecting benchmarking applications and resultantly flooring it in an attempt to skew results.
It’s much the same story this week with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Phil Schiller kindly fanned the flames of discontent), but now we’re told that they’re all at it – with the exception of Apple and Motorola.
Perhaps inadvertently taking the heat off Samsung, AnandTech has published a list of benchmark “cheats”.
In fact, the list extends to “literally every single OEM we’ve worked with” (including Asus, HTC and LG), all of which “ships (or has shipped) at least one device that runs this silly CPU optimization.”
Instantly acquitted, however, are Apple and Motorola, while the Nexus devices seemingly couldn’t care less about benchmarks either.
While largely the domain of the super-nerd, manufacturers are clearly aware that benchmarks can affect review scores.
But as evidenced in the various tables on display, it’d be pretty silly to base your buying decision solely on benchmarks. Regularly appearing in the top three, for example, is the bloomin’ Asus PadFone Infinity. Who’s buying one?