Benchmark scores may be just a bunch of numbers put together, but it is still a tool used by many to gauge the performance of a device and for phone manufacturers to brag how good their devices are compared with their competitors. We’ve seen before how Samsung and other phone manufacturers were found to be guilty of throwing in string of codes to help give them a little boost when used with popular benchmarking software and it looks like Futuremark will not be tolerating such “cheaters”.
Futuremark recently announced that they have delisted several devices from Samsung and HTC for breaking their rules. According to Futuremark, in 3DMark Android v220.127.116.112, “devices with suspicious benchmark scores have been delisted from the Device Channel”. If you visit the Best Mobile Devices list in Futuremark, delisted devices have been unranked with their scores removed, and are placed at the bottom of the list.
The devices guilty of “cheating” include HTC One, HTC One Mini, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition both Exynos and Snapdragon versions, as well as both Exynos and Qualcomm versions of the Galaxy Note III.