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OnePlus 5 Update and New Details on Benchmarks Manipulation Allegations

The newly released OnePlus 5 smartphone of the Chinese based company has been received with positive eyes by consumers. Its specifications and new features specified on paper seem a big plus, especially for the price tag it comes with.

However, it seems there are some problems in paradise: the OnePlus smart phone company has been accused of unlawful methods to manipulate benchmarks scores.  XDA Developers, a mobile software development company, has noticed that the OnePlus 5 device uses different cheating mechanisms. The mechanisms used are similar to those used at the beginning of the Android era. Some of the benchmark apps which were affected are:   AnTuTu, Androbench, GeekBench 4, GFXBench, Quadrant, Nenamark 2, and Vellamo. The purpose of this kind of mechanism manipulation is to maximize scores. The benchmark apps are used to review the performance of a device, therefore higher scores are better.

Both companies, XDA and OnePlus, have released statements addressing this issue. Suffice to say that the OnePlus company denies the allegations made by XDA. According to them, there is no overclocking of the device, they are just showing the potential of the new smartphone, OnePlus 5.

This is not the first incident involving benchmark scores manipulation that OnePlus suffers. There were previous allegations against the company.

The XDA Developers have written their report based on the pre-production device OnePlus 5, using the OxygenOS version 4.5.0 . According to their official statement the developers were able to evade the benchmark scam by using GeekBench 4. GeekBench 4 is a platform which measures your devices processor and memory.  Keep in mind that if the allegations were to be true, it is not a positive outcome for the OnePlus 5 device. Why is that? Because benchmarks seek to show how the device performs on a daily basis.

More is to be heard of this issue for sure. The question that remains in the consumers’ minds is to whether they should or not an OnePlus 5 phone?

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