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Oppo Caught Benchmark Cheating: Find X and F7 Got Delisted

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Not too long ago after Huawei caught cheating on a benchmark test in its flagship phones, Oppo has now caught benchmark cheating as well. According to UL Benchmarks, the company behind 3DMark, Oppo was artificially boosting the performance of two of its handsets, the Find X and the F7 when both phones have not detected that the benchmarking app was running.

After Oppo has submitted its benchmark results, UL Benchmarks analyzed both the models for tweaking the benchmark performance to get a result of up to 41 percent higher scores to the public 3DMark app compared to the scores from the private app that is not available for end users and manufacturers.

Because of what they have found out, the company made a threatening statement. “The Oppo Find X was ranked #4 in our list of the Best Smartphones for 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme performance. It now appears unranked, and without a score, at the bottom of our rankings. 3DMark scores from delisted devices should not be used to compare models.”, they said.

Oppo on the other hand, has admitted that that the Find X and F7 were detecting the public version of the 3DMark app. “When we detect that the user is running applications like games or 3D Benchmarks that require high performance, we allow the SoC to run at full speed for the smoothest experience.”, they said.

Oppo has also explained the circumstances for unknown apps such as the private 3DMark app in the current case.  They said that their phones adopt the default power optimization strategy, and after the user was detected to be idle with the handset for five to 10 sections, the hardware will limit the system performance to 70 to 80 percent.

Even if Oppo has made an explanation, UL Benchmarks did not consider that.  “The difference in scores tells us that the devices are simply recognising the 3DMark app by name rather than adapting to the type of work in the test. This kind of detection and optimisation is forbidden by our rules for manufacturers”, the company said.  As a result, UL Benchmarks has delisted the Oppo Find X and F7.

This might serve as a lesson to Oppo and a warning to the other manufacturers planning to do the same trick.  Oppo has also promised that they will make some improvements regarding this system issue.  “We are working on upgrading the system, and strive to distinguish between the requirements of undetected apps or the subjective needs of users.”, they said.  We might expect an update from them regarding this issue, so stay with TechnoCodex to be always updated.

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