Earlier this week, Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 3 was found to artificially boost its hardware performance when certain benchmarking apps were run. While this isn’t the first time Samsung has done so – they did a similar stunt with the Galaxy S4 – Samsung has once again been required to come out in defence of its rather shady policy.
Back when Anandtech uncovered evidence of a specific string in the Galaxy S4’s code to set its CPU and GPU clock speeds to max, Samsung came out with a post on its official blog to explain the matter – albeit rather vaguely while also not addressing the string of code. With the recent controversy over the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung has again been forced to defend itself. In a statement to CNET UK, the company said:
“The Galaxy Note 3 maximises its CPU/GPU frequencies when running features that demand substantial performance. This was not an attempt to exaggerate particular benchmarking results. We remain committed to providing our customers with the best possible user experience.”
For what it’s worth, Ars Technica did not find specific code similar to the Galaxy S4’s “BenchmarkBooster”. Further, this time around the Galaxy Note 3 isn’t the only guilty parties: Anandtech found evidence of similar hardware-boosting shenanigans with several other flagship smartphones in the market today. And, more importantly, how important are benchmark scores anyway?
(Source: CNET UK)