OnePlus, Meizu Are Reportedly Cheating on Benchmark Scores

OnePlus, Meizu Are Reportedly Cheating on Benchmark Scores

HIGHLIGHTS

  • OnePlus and Meizu have been blamed for Benchmark cheating
  • This is done by tweaking with the CPU
  • OnePlus said that it will rectify it with the next update

In a new development, OnePlus and Meizu have reportedly both been found to be artificially boosting their benchmark scores to fool critics and users. The OnePlus 3T and Meizu Pro 6 Plus were found to have been tweaked to show slightly higher scores than they deserve.

In the past, many OEMs including Samsung were reported to have cheated to elevate their benchmark scores. These unethical measures were lambasted, and Samsung rolled back the fraudulent practice after a major backlash.

XDA Developers claims to have uncovered that OnePlus was using cheats to achieve a higher score on benchmarks. Furthermore, the increase in score was minimal, and the need to indulge in fraudulent practices for such a little perquisite was questionable.

“OnePlus was making it CPU governor more aggressive, resulting in a practical artificial clock speed floor in Geekbench that wasn’t there in the hidden Geekbench build. It wasn’t based on the CPU workload, but rather on the app’s package name, which the hidden build could fool,” the report said.

When OnePlus was contacted, it swiftly promised to fix it in a future OxygenOS update. ‘In order to give users a better user experience in resource intensive apps and games, especially graphically intensive ones, we implemented certain mechanisms in the community and Nougat builds to trigger the processor to run more aggressively. The trigger process for benchmarking apps will not be present in upcoming OxygenOS builds on the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T,” the company’s spokesperson told XDA.

As for Meizu, XDA Developers found that Meizu Pro 6 Plus switched to ‘Performance Mode’ from its normal ‘Standard Mode’ whenever it sensed benchmark apps. It had further tweaked Performance Mode that be even more aggressive than usual when entering a benchmark app. The company has not reacted to XDA Developers’ criticism.

This also gives a fair warning to all buyers to not take benchmark scores as the final word on a smartphone’s performance. The only certain way to know how a device will perform is by using it for a while.

Moto G5, Moto G5 Plus Likely to Be Unveiled at Lenovo’s February 26 MWC Event

IMG_20170115_191135.jpgRumours have been doing the rounds regarding the upcoming Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. On Thursday, a press render of the alleged Moto G5 Plus leaked just days after some live images landed on the Internet. It looks as if one will not have to wait too long to see these devices as Lenovo may just unveil them at MWC 2017.

According to CNET, Lenovo has been sending out invites for a February 26 event. The invite supposedly shows a Moto device with a shadow in the shape of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia with the ‘Hello Moto’ tagline at the bottom. This almost certainly means that Lenovo is heading to the MWC 2017 in Barcelona.

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The invite, however, tells us very little as to what to expect at the event. While it doesn’t confirm that the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus will be unveiled, the two phones are the likeliest candidates as of now. After all, the MWC is as big as it gets, and brands like Lenovo and Nokia would want to make their presence felt.

Earlier this month, details related to the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus leaked online, suggesting that the mid-range devices will sport 5.5-inch full-HD displays, 5-megapixel front cameras, and octa-core SoCs. The main difference between the two is the rumoured 13-megapixel rear camera for the Moto G5 and a 16-megapixel rear camera for the Moto G5 Plus.

The Moto G5 Plus is also expected to be powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM. The handset is said to pack 3080mAh battery and come with 32GB of inbuilt storage.

Meanwhile, leaked renders of the Moto G5 Plus reveal a fingerprint scanner at the front, and a circular camera panel at the back. The Moto “M” logo sits just below the camera module and the device may be offered in Silver colour.

Apart from the expected Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus smartphones, Lenovo could also showcase some new Moto Mods (the modular accessories for Moto Z line). We are just a month away from MWC 2017 and we’ll know soon enough what Lenovo has in store for us.

Huawei P8 Lite (2017) With Android 7.0 Nougat Launched

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HIGHLIGHTS

The Huawei P8 Lite (2017) comes with a 5.2-inch display
It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat
There’s a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash

Huawei has announced a new version of its P8 Lite smartphone that launched two years ago. The Huawei P8 Lite (2017), on paper, is a slightly better version of the P9 Lite smartphone that launched last year.

Apart from the confusing naming, the timing of the launch of this smartphone is very odd, as the company is expected to launch the P10 Lite in a few weeks. In any case, the Huawei P8 Lite (2017) comes with a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) display. It is powered by the company’s in-house Kirin 655 octa-core SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. The smartphone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and offers 16GB of internal storage. The storage is further expandable (up to 128GB) via a microSD slot.

As for optics, the Huawei P8 Lite (2017) comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and autofocus, and an 8-megapixel front camera setup for selfies. The dual-SIM device packs a 3000mAh battery and supports LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, and NFC as well. It has a fingerprint scanner at the rear as well.

The Huawei P8 Lite (2017) is a big upgrade from the original P8 Lite in all departments. It’s got a bigger display, better processor, more RAM and battery, and even a better camera. However, when compared to last year’s P9 Lite, the smartphone has negligible upgrades – the most notable being a slightly better processor.

The Huawei P8 Lite (2017) is priced at EUR 239 (roughly Rs. 17,300) and will be available in the German market in Black colour by the end of January. It, understandably, costs much higher than the P8 Lite, but is less expensive than the P9 Lite (EUR 299 at launch, which roughly translates to Rs. 21,600). The device will also be made available in White and Gold colour options, and in a single-SIM variant in the coming weeks.

Interestingly, GSMArena notes that this device could launch at the P9 Lite (2017) in Latin America. Only Huawei can tell the reason behind this bizarre naming and upgrade system
  Huawei P8 Lite (2017)

 

News.                              Key space

                                                     Display                            5.20-inch

                                                     Processor                       octa-core

                                                     Front Camera                 8-megapixel

                                                     Resolution                      1080×1920 pixels

                                                     RAM                                3GB

                                                     OS                                   Android 7.0

                                                     Storage                          16GB

                                                     Rear Camera                 12-megapixel

                                                     Battery Capacity           3000mAh