OnePlus accused of manipulating benchmarks with OnePlus 5, company responds

According to XDA Developers, during the tests, OnePlus 5 had hit a score of around 6,700 on Play Store version of the GeekBench App, while the smartphone couldn’t even obtain a score of around 6,500 on the site’s hidden build of the app.

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Highlights

    • OnePlus accused of manipulating benchmark scores
    • The company denies the claim
    • OnePlus was earlier caught cheating benchmark scores of OnePlus 3T

OnePlus has launched its latest flagship OnePlus 5 on Tuesday and accusations have just followed up stating that the company has manipulated scores on popular mobile benchmark apps, Antutu, Geekbench 4 and other benchmark apps. The manipulation of the benchmark was noted by XDA Developers where they explained how OnePlus 5 managed to achieve such high scores.

The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line processor Snapdragon 835 chipset and apparently, OnePlus seems to have made it run through its full potential, cheating the normal Geekbench results.

According to the XDA report, OnePlus was manipulating the scores by tweaking the phone’s software in such a way that as soon as it detects a benchmark app, the CPU of the phone bumps up the clock speed to 1.9GHz, which usually remains at 1.29 GHz during the tests. With the help of these tweaks, OnePlus 5 could achieve a higher score compared to other phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8. During the tests, OnePlus 5 had hit a score of around 6,700 on Play Store version of the GeekBench App, while the smartphone couldn’t even obtain a score of around 6,500 on the site’s hidden build of the app, as per the report.

When XDA reached out OnePlus on this matter, the company denying the claim said, “People use benchmark apps in order to ascertain the performance of their device, and we want users to see the true performance of the OnePlus 5. Therefore, we have allowed benchmark apps to run in a state similar to daily usage, including the running of resource intensive apps and games. Additionally, when launching apps the OnePlus 5 runs at a similar state in order to increase the speed in which apps open. We are not overclocking the device, rather we are displaying the performance potential of the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5
Source: XDA Developers

Notably this is not the first OnePlus has been caught cheating benchmark scores. Early in February this year, XDA reported that OnePlus had cheated benchmark scores on OnePlus 3T by tweaking the CPU to an ‘artificial clock speed’. OnePlus however, had admitted its misconduct and promised to fix the issue in the next OxygenOS update. The targeted apps for the manipulation of the benchmark tests was same in both the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 5. Interestingly, OnePlus is not only the company that has been put under accusation. Major ‘Android OEMs’ like Samsung and HTC in the past have tried using this tactic to pull up a few extra points on benchmark apps.