Meizu and OnePlus caught cheating on benchmark tests

Meizu and OnePlus caught cheating on benchmark tests

While a benchmark test doesn’t necessarily reflect real-world performance but two Chinese phone brands was busted for cheating.

The OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and Meizu Pro 6 are rigged to cheat in benchmarks, a report from XDA-Developers revealed. With the help of Primate Labs, makers of the Geekbench app, XDA-Developers discovered that three phones are pre-programmed to increase their CPU performance when running popular benchmark tests.


One might say this is just an optimization, but the report says these devices know to kick in when they detect specific benchmarks including Geekbench, AnTuTu, Androbench, Quadrant, Vellamo, and GFXBench. The OnePlus 3/3T was caught when it didn’t recognize a “disguised” version of the Geekbench 4.

The difference in the results was pretty modest and doesn’t exactly translate to deceiving. We have reviewed both the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, and we can say that it does fly in benchmark tests but real-world performance is also excellent. Plus the fact that it’s an affordable flagship-grade smartphone, this doesn’t change our view of the phone.

You may read the full report here and check out the technicalities plus the acknowledgment of OnePlus about their method.


This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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6 Responses

  1. Limasawa says:

    “this doesn’t change our view of the phone” – I totally agree!!!

  2. misterbean says:

    Meanwhile, Kimstore was raided due to “cheating” and there appear to be no news about it here in Yuga (and Unbox)

  3. neozoby says:

    Yes, It doesn’t mean anything to us Oneplus 3t users, like every disclaimer of benchmark reviews numbers doesn’t mean anything to real performance and use, in anyway in most reviews its out-performing its closest head to head rival Pixel in the 821 league and i don’t think that can be “cheated”, We don’t feel cheated in almost all aspect of this phone especially its price and specs.

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