After getting caught fudging benchmark scores, Huawei will let users access performance modeHARDWARE NETWORKING LINUX SOFTWAREIt Tech Technology

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

After getting caught fudging benchmark scores, Huawei will let users access performance mode

Huawei confessed to cranking up benchmark scores artificially and now it’s trying to set things right. The Shenzhen-based company announced it’ll allow users to run apps in ‘performance mode,’ saying that it respects “consumers’ rights to choose what to do with their devices.” The resource-intensive mode will let make devices run faster, but also drain the battery quicker. The feature will be available starting with EMUI 9.0, which is the upcoming version of Huawei’s OS. The response comes in a week after AnandTech published a detailed expose into how Huawei has been artificially cranking up benchmark scores for the Kirin 970-powered smartphones, especially in 3D Mark. As a result, 3DMark delisted the Huawei P20 Pro, P20 and the Nova 3 and Honor Play from its leaderboards. AnandTech found the phones were coded to detect the benchmark app and crank up the performance. When 3DMark used an internal version of its benchmark app, the P20 Pro posted significantly lower scores, proving that Huawei was indeed fudging the scores, since the phone couldn’t automatically kick in the performance mode. However, opening up the performance mode to users may not be that significant. The move is meant to please enthusiasts who care about high benchmark scores. In real-world usage, there will likely be no change. Gamers might find it useful though, but it doesn’t take away the fact that Huawei cheated on benchmarks. Having said that, the company will find itself back in the leaderboards after it opens up the performance mode for everyone to use.

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