After Getting Caught Cheating Benchmark Scores, Huawei Will Let Users Access ‘Performance Mode’

After Getting Caught Cheating Benchmark Scores, Huawei Will Let Users Access 'Performance Mode'

After Getting Caught Cheating Benchmark Scores, Huawei Will Let Users Access ‘Performance Mode’


We all know very well that last week, information surfaced that the well-known Chinese smartphone manufacturer, of course, Huawei cheats on smartphone benchmarks such as P20, P20 Pro and Honor Play. Hence, now to remedy the situation, the company has promised to release a “performance mode” soon: it is the same feature that makes the device run optimally when performance tests run.


After Getting Caught Cheating Benchmark Scores, Huawei Will Let Users Access ‘Performance Mode’

Last week, information surfaced that the well-known Chinese smartphone manufacturer, of course, Huawei cheats on smartphone benchmarks such as P20, P20 Pro and Honor Play. Hence, now to remedy the situation, the company has promised to release a “performance mode” soon: it is the same feature that makes the device run optimally when performance tests run.

The trick was discovered by AnandTech, who noticed that the newly released Honor Play performed worse than the P20 Pro on certain tests, although both had the same processor – the well-known Chinese smartphone manufacturer, of course, Huawei’s own Kirin 970.

By investigating the differences, AnandTech found that when certain benchmark applications are run, the processor goes into an operating mode that increases the power consumption, but allows for more performance. That’s why the test results are so positive in some models.

The well-known Chinese smartphone manufacturer, of course, Huawei had no choice but to admit that it actually implements a special power mode that optimizes smartphones for benchmarks. The company tried to minimize the problem by saying that other manufacturers follow the same practice, especially in China.

This argument had no effect, of course. If there is a specific optimization mode for testing, this means that the results are not reliable.

That is why, without delay, the well-known Chinese smartphone manufacturer, of course, Huawei released a note saying that it had discussed with UL (the company responsible for 3DMark) on best practices for benchmarks.

Based on this conversation, some measures have been taken, although there is still little information about them. The first is the release of the performance mode in the EMUI 9.0 interface, to be made available soon.

This means that the user can activate, as much as he/she wants, the same optimization that makes the smartphone perform better in tests. Note, however, that this feature consumes more power, so it can considerably degrade the battery life if it is turned on for a long time.

Moreover, the well-known Chinese smartphone manufacturer, of course, Huawei and UL have also agreed to temporarily remove the benchmark scores of the manufacturer’s various smartphones (including the P20, P20 Pro and Honor Play models) until all users of related devices can access performance mode.

Finally, the two companies have also expressed an interest in developing benchmark standards for the entire industry in order to “meet the needs of manufacturers, the press and consumers.” It was just not clear if there will be really any effort for this move or not.

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