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OnePlus, the Android phone maker that made waves last year with some really innovative devices have been caught with their hands down the proverbial cookie jar.

According to online reports, OnePlus along with some other companies from China were recently caught boosting their benchmark scores to impress potential buyers.

It was discovered while analyzing the new Snapdragon 821 processor and why it opened apps faster, xda-developers found that the OnePlus 3T was behaving in a way not common to other handsets using the same chip, namely the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and the Google Pixel 2.

This prompted an investigation and after some digging, it turned out that certain apps on the OnePlus 3T were keeping the CPU running at higher frequencies even if there was no load.


According to xda, “Our hypothesis was that OnePlus was targeting these benchmarks by name, and was entering an alternate CPU scaling mode to pump up their benchmark scores,”. It set out to prove it by partnering with Primate Labs, makers of Geekbench benchmark tests, who confirmed their worries.

“The initial testing included a ROM dump which found that the OnePlus 3T was directly looking for quite a few apps by name. Most notably, the OnePlus 3T was looking for Geekbench, AnTuTu, Androbench, Quadrant, Vellamo, and GFXBench,” xda wrote.

To further prove the cheat, Primate Labs built a special version of Geekbench 4, so it could test the OnePlus 3T. What happened after using the custom-built benchmark tool was that the cheat was confirmed.

xda then went on to test other phones. It turns out that not only OnePlus but devices from  Meizu Pro 6 Plus and other unnamed handsets, still cheat in tests.

OnePlus admitted to the practise and said this would be the last of it.

The company said, “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.”

Will this information discourage you from getting a OnePlus? Or is it a case of giving them another try?

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