Synthetic benchmarks are one of the widely used tools to guage performance of smartphones, tablets and laptops. In fact, benchmarks show how much capable the smartphone is when performing at its peak. A higher score on AnTuTu benchmark could mean better performance, but not necessary. There have been instances in the past where smartphone manufacturers have cheated to inflate the scores, and now Oppo has reportedly been caught doing the same.
A Vietnamese blogger spent found something fishy with the Oppo F7 when AnTuTu logged a higher score compared to the Xiaomi Mi 6X that is also powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC. He discovered that the smartphone intentionally boosts the performance to inflate the benchmark scores.
To test his theory, he scripted a fake AnTuTu app and ran on the smartphone, which clearly showed the boosted cores of MediaTek Helio P60. BGR India has reached out to Oppo for a comment, and we will update the story when we have the statement.
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While most smartphones also keep a tab on the temperature to sustain real world use, same wasn’t the case with the Oppo F7, the blogger noted. According to the blogger, the Oppo F7 logged a score of 139,475, which is more than the score logged by the Redmi 5 Plus, the Redmi Note 5 Pro and the recently launched Mi 6X that is powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC.
With the cut-throat competition in the smartphone space, cheating with benchmarks is nothing new. OnePlus 5 was also caught cheating on benchmark scores, and the issue wasn’t with retail units, but review units had an algorithm to boost benchmark scores when apps such as AnTuTu were run. Samsung was also caught cheating on benchmarks with the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3.