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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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OnePlus 6 DxOMark verdict: not so bad

OnePlus 6 DxOMark verdict: not so bad

OnePlus has been challenging the status quo and the big players when it came to offering flagship specs for less. And while it has mostly delivered on its promise, the one thing it hasn’t exactly been good at was with the cameras. Naturally, it would boast about improved photography prowess, especially with software updates, but it hasn’t been particularly impressive. With the OnePlus 6, the company takes another stab at claiming a spot on DxOMark’s list and it may have just worked.

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ASUS ZenFone 5 on DxOMark: surprising mid-range contender

ASUS ZenFone 5 on DxOMark: surprising mid-range contender

If there's one thing ASUS might be known for in the smartphone market is its confusing branding strategy. Each new ZenFone generation has countless variants and it's difficult to know offhand which is which. The ZenFone 5, for example, may be the standard-bearer for this year's ASUS lineup but it is actually the "premium mid-range" model. It also happens to be the first ASUS smartphone to be reviewed under DxOMark's revamped tests. And fortunately for ASUS, the odds seem to be in its favor.

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Huawei P20 Pro steals the DxOMark crown, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S closes in

Huawei P20 Pro steals the DxOMark crown, Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S closes in

Apple may have just stolen the spotlight in the tablet market but two Chinese companies are hogging the smartphone stage. Xiaomi just announced its “second and a half” gen bezel-less Mi Mix 2S and Huawei dropped the much-anticipated P20 and P20 Pro. While the two are almost worlds apart, especially in price, they do have one thing in common. Both are giving the bigger players reason to be worried by grabbing high scores on DxOMark’s ladder, including the Huawei P20 Pro’s top-ranking grade.

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Galaxy S9+ AnTuTu benchmark confirms specs, performance

Galaxy S9+ AnTuTu benchmark confirms specs, performance

With just barely two weeks left, it’s not surprising to see a torrent of leaks, rumors, revelations, and even official teasers building up the hype around the Galaxy S9. Samsung has just recently released three video clips that hint at the upcoming flagship’s camera prowess. Now AnTuTu is getting into the game, revealing just how powerful the larger Galaxy S9+ will be. Its improvement is, of course, expected, but the bigger question is whether it will actually be enough, especially against the iPhone X.

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LG V30 DxOMark score: good but not good enough

LG V30 DxOMark score: good but not good enough

When LG announced the V30, it boasted of two things about its camera: its crystal clear glass lens and its big f/1.6 aperture. Taken independently, those specs might sound amazing. But digital photography is more than just lenses or even megapixel counts. It’s about everything working together for the best effect. And as DxOMark found in its review of the LG V30, it might not have the best. That said, it’s still one of the better ones out there in the market.

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Nokia 8 DxOMark score shows it has some catching up to do

Nokia 8 DxOMark score shows it has some catching up to do

Once upon a time, Nokia had a reputation for good phone cameras, especially with its partnership with lens maker Zeiss. Of course, back then, it didn’t have much competition anyway. As it got left behind in the smartphone race, it also lost its prominence in mobile photography. And just as the Nokia 8 is its current champion in the smartphone market, so it also represents its best foot in taking pictures and recording videos. And, unfortunately, HMD Global still has a lot of work to do.

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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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Xiaomi Mi Note 3 surprisingly gets high scores on DxOMark

Xiaomi Mi Note 3 surprisingly gets high scores on DxOMark

Since Xiaomi’s phones have never officially touched markets in the West, its camera prowess has never really put to the test. So it’s not exactly usual for DxOMark to put Xiaomi’s phones through its battery of benchmarks but now that it did, it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The Xiaomi Mi Note 3, the late 2017 flagship, has achieved a rather high score that puts it nearly on par with the last year’s Google Pixel and even this year’s HTC U11.

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