After creating a lot of buzz in the market, OnePlus finally launched the OnePlus 5 smartphone on June 20. Though the smartphone has been already accused of copying the Apple iPhone 7 Plus design, it seems the brand has landed up in a benchmark cheating controversy as well.
The tech site XDA developers have claimed that the company is again manipulating benchmarks results with OnePlus 5. According to their report, “Every single review of the OnePlus 5 that contains a benchmark is using misleading results, as OnePlus provided reviewers with a device that cheats on benchmarks.” Further, they have also claimed that this time the cheating mechanism is “blatant and aimed at maximising the device’s performance.”
The device has scored the highest GeekBench 4 score of a Snapdragon 835 to date. It scored over 6,700 in multi-core performance on GeekBench 4’s Play Store version, whereas it scored 6,500 when tested on site’s hidden build of the app.
However, the company has denied all such accusations. They responded with the statement:
“People use benchmark apps in order to ascertain the performance of their device, and we want users to see the true performance of the OnePlus 5. Therefore, we have allowed benchmark apps to run in a state similar to daily usage, including the running of resource intensive apps and games. Additionally, when launching apps the OnePlus 5 runs at a similar state in order to increase the speed in which apps open. We are not overclocking the device, rather we are displaying the performance potential of the OnePlus 5.”
This controversy might create a negative impact on the sale of the device. However, it isn’t the first time for OnePlus. In thepast reports, OnePlus was accused of manipulating the benchmark scores of different sites to effect the outcomes of their phone OnePlus 3T’s performance.