OnePlus tricks benchmark scores
In the world of android, specs matter. Benchmark scores matter. It has been discovered that OnePlus has been artificially inflating those scores.
Personally, I don’t care about benchmark scores. To be perfectly honest, I don’t really care much about specs either. I tend to get bored when people speak of them. I know, that’s not a typical trait of a “phone guy”, but it’s the truth. What matters to me it the user experience. Sure, those specs can add to the user experience. Speed is very nice. But speed won’t save a phone that has a bad UI.
When the BlackBerry Priv was released, we lost several members of our BlackBerry community. I recall more than a handful ended up with OnePlus phones. When asked why, the standard response was “if I’m going to get an android phone, I might as well get a better phone”. Personal, I never really understood the logic behind this. After all, no one was forced to go to android. And if those users did believe that they were, why not stick with the company that we had stuck with for years? Why jump to some unknown? People would point to the specs. To the benchmark scores. Like I said at the beginning, the user experience is much more important to me than specs. Here we had a BlackBerry phone, with the Android OS, that still feels like a BlackBerry thanks to BlackBerry’s installed software. Would I give up the BlackBerry experience for a slightly better SoC? For a slightly better camera? For a slightly better score on a test? Of course not. And I didn’t. But many did.
OnePlus may have been exceptionally smart. They recognized that the average person did look at those things that I don’t look at. They understood that having better specs would make their phones sell better. They understood that having better benchmark scores would make their phones sell better. So they added better specs. And they artificially inflated their benchmark scores.
XDA Developers have discovered what appeared to be OnePlus targeting applications like AnTuTu and Geekbench and increased clock speeds for these apps, in order to inflate their benchmark scores. XDA worked with Geekbench to investigate this theory and discovered that OnePlus was in fact doing just as they believed.
In response to this discovery, OnePlus issued the following statement;
“In order to give users a better user experience in resource intensive apps and games, especially graphically intensive ones, we implemented certain mechanisms in the community and Nougat builds to trigger the processor to run more aggressively. The trigger process for benchmarking apps will not be present in upcoming OxygenOS builds on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.”
I wonder just how many phones these tricked test scores helped sell?