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3DMark delists four Huawei smartphones from rankings over benchmark tampering

The devices are Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei Nova 3, Honor Play, and Huawei P20.

  • Published: September 8, 2018 11:14 AM IST
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Things certainly haven’t been going well for Huawei these days. Just last month, the company was caught trying to pass off DSLR shots as those taken from its recently-launched Nova 3 smartphone. If that wasn’t bad enough, it was recently found that Huawei had used unscrupulous methods to have its smartphones score higher in benchmark tests than they were actually capable of.

Now, in its defense, the Chinese technology company did admit to tampering with benchmarks in order to stay relevant in an increasingly-competitive smartphone market. However, it seems that justification wasn’t enough for 3DMark. UL, the company that makes 3DMark, has just delisted four Huawei smartphones for violating their rules regarding performance analysis. The devices in question are the Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei Nova 3, Honor Play, and Huawei P20.

According to a report by GSMArena, the action came after UL independently tested the above-mentioned four smartphones with a private version of 3DMark that’s not available to manufacturers. Its testing revealed that the scores reported by Huawei devices on the regular version of 3DMark were up to 40-percent more than those that they managed with the private version of the app.

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The report by GSMArena further states that UL got in touch with Huawei regarding the matter, and the smartphone manufacturer has promised to change the way its smartphones interact with 3DMark (and possibly other benchmarking apps).

While Huawei isn’t the first (and certainly won’t be the last) smartphone OEM to use underhanded practices to make its smartphones appear better than the competition, the fiasco is definitely going to hurt the company’s overall credibility, if it hasn’t done that already.

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  • Published Date: September 8, 2018 11:14 AM IST