Huawei & Oppo Caught Cheating In Benchmark Tests

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Benchmark scores are a very important aspect in a smartphone. A lot of the buyers consider these scores as standard before purchasing the device. So, Companies use these benchmark apps just to get maximum attention. Tech2, in an independent research found smartphone companies such as Huawei and Oppo manipulating these scores. The research also found that some companies are cheating upto 90% in terms of results.

Serial Cheaters?

The team conducted benchmarks score on these devices:

  • Honor 10
  • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Realme 2
  • Realme 1
  • Pocophone Poco F1
  • OnePlus 6
  • Redmi Note 5 Pro
  • Huawei P20 Pro
  • Oppo Find X

For the test, they used white-label apps for testing these devices. These are private versions of the top benchmark apps but and are not available on the play store. These apps have the same core-funcitonality but have different names.Hence, due to the different app name these smartphones are not able to detect which benchmark app is running. Some devices come pre-programmed to throttle performance while the top benchmark apps are running.

Top devices caught cheating the 3DMark Slingshot Extreme test are: Huawei takes the top spot by a huge margin. Their Honor 10 cheats the benchmark test upto 90%. Huawei P20 Pro also has cheating score of 75 %. Oppo is also found guilty with its Oppo Find X and smartphones from its sub-brand Realme 1 and Realme 2. These devices have a fake bemchmark claim of approximately 36%,45% and 60% respectively.

Honest Results.

The team also tested devices from Nokia, Xiaomi, Poco, Samsung and OnePlus. These device gave out pretty accurate score in the test. These companies seem to ensure integrity of their brand image by advertising true scores. The results for these devices are available below.


Overall, it looks the Chinese smartphone manufacturers are trying to trick the potential audience into buying their products using such tactics. These tactics even seem to work in upcoming markets like India and China where consumers dont have much in-depth information about technology.

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