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Huawei benchmark cheat talks lead to Performance Mode for all users in EMUI 9.0

Huawei benchmark cheat talks lead to Performance Mode for all users in EMUI 9.0

In the near future, a collection of Huawei smartphones will have a new "Performance Mode" enabled that makes them more powerful. This power comes at a cost, of course, as it's essentially an overclocking for a smartphone - it puts all emphasis on the processing power of which the phone is capable. This is the result of Huawei appearing to "cheat" on benchmark tests with 3D Mark - they've agreed to make their methods more accessible to all!

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Mobile benchmarks are still mostly pointless – Here’s why

Mobile benchmarks are still mostly pointless – Here’s why

Huawei’s recent misstep was like opening up a wound we thought had gone away. And while Huawei did admit to cheating benchmarking tools, its justification for doing so only serves to highlight something that was brought up half a decade ago. Mobile benchmarks, while not completely useless, are still nowhere near the maturity of their PC counterparts. Worse, they have even served to further the agenda of manufacturers instead of helping consumers make better choices.

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Huawei P20, Honor Play delisted by 3DMark for benchmark cheating

Huawei P20, Honor Play delisted by 3DMark for benchmark cheating

It really doesn’t come as a surprise that Huawei is now getting penalized for what it has more or less admitted to doing. Necroing a practice long thought dead, Huawei has been caught red-handed cheating benchmarks to boost numbers in favor of its Kirin 970 smartphones. Considering the scandal that practically endangered their business, 3DMark developers Futuremark reacted swiftly and has announced that four of Huawei’s and Honor’s smartphones are now delisted from its benchmark scores.

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Huawei, Honor cheated benchmarks and this is their reason

Huawei, Honor cheated benchmarks and this is their reason

Thought the whole benchmark cheating scandal was behind us? Apparently not. Some OEMs have just gotten better at hiding it. Or at least that’s the picture that Huawei is painting after it was caught red-handed using a benchmark detection feature. But unlike other manufacturers in the past, it didn’t deny the allegation but instead tried to justify why it was doing so. Bottom line: its competitors are doing it anyway and trying to cheat it out of the market.

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Galaxy S10 release date and tests tip Samsung’s fastest upgrade ever

Galaxy S10 release date and tests tip Samsung’s fastest upgrade ever

The Samsung Galaxy S10 had details leaked in a set of benchmark results this week, showing the device as speedier than any Galaxy before. This device was shown as speedy in its processing power, but also speedy in its adoption of the newest version of Android. If Samsung is indeed already working with Android 9 Pie and running 3rd-party benchmark tests on their smartphone this early before its release date, the Galaxy S10 might change Samsung forever.

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Intel reveals Meltdown and Spectre fix slow-down cost

Intel reveals Meltdown and Spectre fix slow-down cost

The Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities that were discovered last week are very bad news, and though Intel has been quick to roll out patches for them, the measures it had to take aren't exactly ideal. Specifically, these patches come with a performance hit for Intel systems, and in the lead up to their delivery, some benchmarks showed that the potential slowdown could be as high as 30%. While Meltdown and Spectre are issues that absolutely need to be defended against, the looming slowdown that accompanied these patches was still a bitter pill for Intel users to swallow.

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3DMark for Android gives meaning to numbers, adds Vulkan test

3DMark for Android gives meaning to numbers, adds Vulkan test

Benchmarks are a thorny subject, especially on mobile. A favorite among PC users, especially gamers, benchmarks have fallen out of fashion and under suspicion, no thanks to some OEMs caught “cheating” these tools. Of course, that hasn’t stopped Futuremark, creators of PCMark and the cross-platform 3DMark, in trying to make their numbers more relevant and more meaningful to users. Which is exactly what it trying to do with the latest update to the 3DMark benchmark app for Android, giving the tool a more “human” message.

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iPhone 8 leak shows top Android performance SMASHED!

iPhone 8 leak shows top Android performance SMASHED!

This afternoon we're taking a peek at a set of leaked benchmark scores for the next iPhone from Apple. The device in question is the iPhone 8, a device whose final release date-set name isn't finalized - and whose very existence hasn't yet been confirmed by Apple. As such, take the following with a grain of salt - but also know that the sources we're using here have rarely been wrong - or even really inaccurate - in the recent past.

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iPhone 7 Plus turns up on Geekbench, destroys Snapdragon 820 Androids

iPhone 7 Plus turns up on Geekbench, destroys Snapdragon 820 Androids

Yesterday a rumor popped up that suggested that the iPhone 7 Plus would be packing a new 2.4GHz A10 processor under the hood. The rumor also suggested that the new iPhone would also come in a new color called piano black. Today the iPhone 7 Plus has allegedly turned up on GeekBench showing off its impressive performance.

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Galaxy Note 7 scratch test sees how well the high-end Android holds up

Galaxy Note 7 scratch test sees how well the high-end Android holds up

At this point, we know all there is to know about the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. We have spent hands on time with the device and recently published our review of the smartphone. If you want to know how durable the Note 7 is before you plunk down your cash or use that upgrade you have been holding onto, this is your chance to see just how well the screen holds up. JerryRigEverything has the phone on its test bench and will be performing one of its scratch tests on the device to see how durable the screen is.

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OnePlus 3 packing 6GB of RAM surfaces in benchmarks

OnePlus 3 packing 6GB of RAM surfaces in benchmarks

It's been a month now since we saw that OnePlus 3 smartphone with 4GB of RAM hit AnTuTu bringing us details on the hardware that is thought to be inside the device. When those details showed up there wasn't any real benchmarks to give us an indication of how well the smartphone might perform. Another OnePlus 3 leak has happened this time with a strange codename Rain Rain A3000.

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AnTuTu benchmarks show Galaxy S7 Snapdragon version has better GPU performance

AnTuTu benchmarks show Galaxy S7 Snapdragon version has better GPU performance

We have seen plenty of leaks about the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone that will be launching soon. The leaks in the past have talked about nearly every facet of the smartphone including that there will be two version of the device. One version of the S7 will use Samsung's on Exynos8890 chip and the other will use a Snapdragon 820.

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