Smartphone manufacturers cheating on benchmarks to inflate performance scores is nothing new. Right from the likes of Samsung to Oppo and OnePlus, all have been a part of the controversy, and the latest to join the list is Huawei. The company was interpolating scripts that manipulate the benchmark results by allocating additional resources. Following the controversy, Huawei has announced that it will let users access the ‘performance mode’ on their smartphones for better performance.
Huawei says that it respects “consumers’ right to choose what to do with their devices.” While ‘performance mode’ optimizes the smartphones to run faster, it does consume a lot of battery life. Huawei will open the option to access performance mode starting with EMUI 9, which is based on Android 9 Pie.
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The whole controversy unfolded when AnandTech exposed that Huawei was optimizing its smartphones to over perform when benchmark apps such as 3DMark are detected. At IFA 2018, Dr. Wang Chenglu, President of Software at Huawei’s Consumer Business Group said “others do the same testing, get high scores, and Huawei cannot stay silent.”
Soon after Huawei admitted of tampering the benchmark results, 3DMark delisted the Huawei P20, P20 Pro, Nova 3, and Honor Play from its leaderboard. Also, Huawei opening up the performance mode doesn’t mean much. However, it could be useful for gamers who would need some extra performance boost to ensure smooth performance.