Similar to what it did with its Galaxy S4 smartphone, Samsung has been caught lying about benchmarks once again. The South Korean electronics manufacturer has been caught artificially increasing CPU speeds on its Galaxy Note 3 phone when benchmark apps are running according to a report from the folks over at Ars Technica.
Samsung has once again been found using special code inside its operating system to identify benchmarking apps by name to boost CPU clock speeds and prevent CPu cores from entering low-power modes. This process results in the Galaxy Note 3 benchmarks report CPu performance roughly 20% faster than most apps will actually run on the device. The following was mentioned regarding the performance difference:
The difference is remarkable. In Geekbench's multicore test, the Note 3's benchmark mode gives the device a 20 percent boost over its "natural" score. With the benchmark boosting logic stripped away, the Note 3 drops down to LG G2 levels, which is where we initially expected the score to be given the identical SoCs. This big of a boost means that the Note 3 is not just messing with the CPU idle levels; significantly more oomph is unlocked when the device runs a benchmark.
What do you think of the whole ordeal?
Source: Ars Technica, Phil Schiller (Twitter)