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Samsung caught rigging benchmarks on Galaxy Note 3

Published by on Oct 2nd, 2013, 1 Comment


Only a couple of months ago we reported that Samsung rigged benchmark scores on the Galaxy S4, meaning that it outshone the competition when in fact, it wasn’t really performing quicker. Well, it seems it has happened again.

When running popular benchmark apps, Samsung’s latest phone quietly enables a special high-speed mode, leading to scores that blow away devices that have similar specs. The LG G2 features an identical 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor to that inside the Note 3, for example, yet it pales in comparison during benchmark runs.

Ars Technica also found a way of turning off the optimization; when that happens, the Note 3′s performance comes back down to earth and loses its artificial advantage over rivals. The questionable tactics don’t directly affect customers per se, but unfortunately it seems the press will need to pay a much closer eye to Samsung’s benchmark scores from now on.

What do you think of Samsung tactics to fool popular benchmark tests?


  • Ronald Ho Hip

    I find it a shame to resort to such tactics. Some people say Samsung are innovative, what do they call this?