Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller doesn’t generally have a great deal to say on twitter, though he has been known to poke fun at rivals in the past, including a cheeky March 2013 tweet about Android security.
Phil’s back with a one-word tweet this time, and a handy link to an article claiming that Samsung is up to its old benchmarking tricks, this time with the spanking new Galaxy Note 3.
Back in July, Anandtech claimed that Samsung allowed the Galaxy S4 CPU and GPU to run wild in particular benchmarking applications, something Sammo later denied.
The Ars holes (joking) write: “Normally, while the Note 3 is idling, three of the four cores shut off to conserve power; the remaining core drops down to a low-power 300MHz mode.
“However, if you load up just about any popular CPU benchmarking app, the Note 3 CPU locks into 2.3GHz mode, the fastest speed possible, and none of the cores ever shut off.”
Presumably Samsung will respond soon with the obligatory denial, but in any case, you have to wonder why the hell they would bother. If you base your smartphone buying habits on benchmarks, or consider them anything more than a nice-to-know, you’ve got a problem, buddy.
And heck, I’d wager that 99.9% of the smartphone buying public doesn't have a clue what a benchmark is, never mind caring about the results.