Samsung has been caught boosting benchmark scores for its new Galaxy Note 3 device, just months after it was found to be doing the same thing with the Galaxy S4.
That’s the conclusion of Ars Technica, following a wide-ranging investigation into the handset’s suspiciously high scores. The site began its work after scores showed Samsung’s new phablet well ahead of LG’s G2, despite both using exactly the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.
It’s now clear that the Galaxy Note 3 has a special CPU boost mode which works only when the phone is loaded up with benchmarking apps. It’s the same thing Samsung did with the international model of its Galaxy S4.
The clever chaps at Ars managed to develop a version of the Geekbench app, called Stealthbench, which didn’t put the Galaxy Note 3 into this boost mode, allowing it to see proper benchmark scores.
The results showed the boost mode was giving the Note 3 a 20% edge on its rivals. That’s thrown into question the whole way in which phones are benchmarked and whether such figures can really be trusted when issued by mobile-makers.
Apple’s Phil Schiller linked to Ars Technica’s piece on Twitter, wearily calling Samsung’s actions ‘shenanigans’.
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