Despite having an extremely fast processor, the Chinese company decided to cheat in performance tests.
Shame. Above all, because it is not the first time that the company tries to play dirty and tries to cheat in performance tests. The most curious thing? You really don't need it; after all, it has one of the best processors on the market (the Snapdragon 835). Maybe to fool us all and try to show that it has better performance than other smartphones with the same processor?
Mario Toms Serrafero, in an article for XDA-Developers, describes how the company plays dirty, By identifying the names of several of the most used benchmark programs (Antutu, Geekbench, Nenamark, among others) and to force the processors of the phone to always give their best performance, effectively bypassing security measures and thermal checks to avoid overheating. The worst thing is that the company has done this with review units, so any review which has performance tests, it has figures that are not exact.. Here is a graph that shows how the OnePlus 5 behaves when it detects one of these benchmark programs, against a modified version of Geekbench, so that the phone cannot detect it.
In essence, the phone spends 95% of the time in high performance, which would not happen on a normal phone as a precaution to overheat. As a result, we have a phone that scores higher than average for this cheat.
This action by OnePlus is really regrettable, especially since it is not the first time it has happened. In the past, this company, along with others, were discovered for doing exactly the same thing: manipulate the phone's performance only when this type of measurement program was detected to inflate your scores.
The official answer:
People use benchmark apps to determine the performance of their device and we want users to see the true performance of OnePlus 5. Therefore we have allowed benchmark apps to run in a state similar to everyday use, Apps and games intensive. Also, when launching applications, the OnePlus 5 runs in a similar state in order to increase the opening speed of applications. We are not overloading the device, but rather showing the OnePlus 5's performance potential.
For a company that has gradually lost its mission – to give us premium phones at half the price of others, to get closer and closer to the same price of similar phones – it is unfortunate that it is opting for this type of game. dirty to make your phone more attractive against the competition.
Above all, because it is a phone that I really didn't need. With a Snapdragon 835, 6 (or 8) GBs of RAM, and a screen that is only Full HD, it had all the necessary performance. But perhaps to appear as superior in the benchmarks is that this action can be quite expensive for OnePlus. The company has been losing credibility since it decided to discontinue the OnePlus 2, a phone that has not even been on the market for 2 years, and now r / Android on Reddit, where we found several fans of the operating system, is really disappointed with the phone. Both for the uninspired design, and for this lie in its performance