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How Huawei is cheating users by modifying performance benchmarks

By: Ajaay Srinivasan, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi Last updated : December 26, 2018 4:03 pm

Huawei was found guilty of cheating its way to through benchmarks to output better scores in single and multi-core tests. The report revealed that Huawei’s latest bunch of phones come with benchmarking detection which ramps up the power limit of the Honor Play to a generous value.
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Huawei, the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, has now been addressed to have modified benchmark results of its phones to impress its customers. Upon running the test on a Kirin 970-powered smartphone, the device detected a benchmark app running in the foreground to clock up its frequency to its peak level. 

 

According to the team at Anandtech, Huawei was found guilty of cheating its way to through benchmarks to output better scores in single and multi-core tests. The report revealed that Huawei’s latest bunch of phones come with benchmarking detection which ramps up the power limit of the Honor Play (test device) to a generous value. 

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It was found that internal benchmarks were significantly worse than public versions which meant Huawei’s chips aren’t exactly up to the level of speeds that are advertised but is just tweaked to impress the eyes of potential buyers. As part of a response, Anandtech had a conversation with Huawei at IFA where its Consumer Business Group President, Wang Chenglu admitted to the fact that it does use a benchmark detection software to deliver an enhanced result to look strong with respect to its competitors in the eyes of a user. 

 

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Going through the full response posted by Forbes from Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer elaborated that its smartphones now use AI to “optimise the performance of hardware, including the CPU, GPU and NPU”. Thus, when opening a benchmarking app on a new Huawei phone, the AI will recognise the same and adapt to an enhanced performance mode to deliver more power. 

 

While Huawei was willing to work toward moving away from benchmarks saying they “don’t represent the full experience”, Wang said the company cannot remain silent since other smartphone manufacturers are following the same technique. The company, however, “promised” to verify its benchmarking results from third parties and we hope this is the last of the less honest answers from Huawei. 

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