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What just happened? Once again, a phone manufacturer has been caught using questionable (i.e., cheating) means to improve benchmark scores. On this occasion, Chinese giant Huawei was found to be engaging in the unethical practice. AnandTech discovered that Huawei is another company guilty of manipulating benchmarking scores using a technique where the phone increases its clock speed once it detects the software. It’s the same unscrupulous trick used by OnePlus and Meizu in the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 5, and Meizu Pro 6 Plus last year. And in 2013 and 2014, both Samsung and HTC were also found to be using this method.

The publication examined Huawei’s recent Kirin 970-powered Honor Play handset and found there was a huge difference in the various bencmark scores when the BM detection was enabled; this ignores TDP recommendations, increasing a phone’s power draw. In the case of the Honor Play, it jumps from 4.39W to 8.57W. At IFA, Dr. Wang Chenglu, President of Software at Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, told AnandTech that benchmark scores don’t reflect real-world use and he would prefer a standardized benchmark test that is closer to the user experience—something the company has been working toward for a year alongside its industry partners.

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