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UL Caught Huawei Messing With The Rules During Benchmark Testing

09 September 2018, 09:46 | Jodi Jackson

3DMark delists Huawei phones from its rankings due to dubious scores


A report by AnAndTech has revealed that several Huawei smartphones have been pre-programmed in a way inflated their results when running popular benchmark tool 3DMark.

Huawei reportedly claimed that the peak of productivity during the startup benchmark application, was "intuitive leap", based on the work of artificial intelligence. The models that were found to be trying to fool the system and failing at it were P20, P20 Pro, Nova 3 and Honor Play.

President, software division of Huawei Consumer Business Group Dr. Wang to Chenglu indirectly confirmed the fact of manipulation, saying that "others are doing the same thing to get high scores".

Every smartphone has to undergo a performance benchmark test through 3DMark.

Kuala Lumpur, September 8, 2018 - Honor always prioritizes the user experience rather than pursuing high benchmark scores - especially since there isn't a direct connection between smartphone benchmarks and user experiences.

There's still no direct admission from Huawei that it had meant to deliberately cheat the benchmarking test, but using AI to to optimise resource allocation in that way could be considered cheating from a certain point of view.

Huawei told UL Benchmarks that it had plans to offer a speed-boosting mode via a future update which other apps could benefit from to achieve the same kind of performance boost. This week, AnandTech discovered that Chinese OEM Huawei has been installing software on some of its smartphones that detects when certain benchmarks are being run.

Sadly, this isn't the first time Huawei got caught using deceitful approaches to promote its devices. Honor smartphones use advanced technologies such as AI to optimize the performance of hardware, including the CPU, GPU and NPU.

When someone launches a photography app or plays a graphically-intensive game, Huawei's intelligent software creates a smooth and stable user experience by applying the full capabilities of the hardware, while simultaneously managing the device's temperature and power efficiency. Since the entire point of a benchmark is to capture useful information about the performance of a device, a benchmark mode that only runs when the device is being tested is the exact opposite of helpful. Huawei according to UL, "is planning to provide users with access to "Performance Mode" so they can use the maximum power of their device when they need to".

For the record, Huawei isn't the only company caught tampering with benchmarking scores.

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