Samsung and NVIDIA appear to be moving in the direction of a long drawn out legal battle as the South Korean company has fired shots at the GPU manufacturer for faking benchmark scores of the Tegra K1. The lawsuit claims that NVIDIA faked benchmarks that showed the Tegra K1 in the Shield Tablet were better than the Exynos 5433 chip in the Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
The claim is that the Tegra K1 is not better than Samsung’s Exynos chip; and saying that it is in promotional material amounts to misleading consumers. Which is a rather odd thing to bring to court as it has been ruled on many occasions that marketing materials are allowed to slightly over-state the capabilities of the product and that nobody is actually expected to believe them.
It could just be that Samsung is out to prove a point against NVIDIA; although what that might be is a mystery. Samsung itself has not exactly been upfront with its own benchmarking practices after it was caught boosting scores on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 last year; other manufacturers ended up caught in the scandal as well, but failed to draw the same amount of criticism as Samsung.
The allegation is only one of the seven accusations leveled at NVIDIA in the lawsuit, although the other six pertain to patents owned by Samsung. NVIDIA had previously filed patent claims against Samsung and Qualcomm in September for using NVIDIA owned technology in their devices and has asked for an injunction halting the shipping of all Samsung mobile devices.