A report from Ars Technica yesterday revealed that Samsung employs code in its operating system to detect benchmarking applications, allowing the device to boost processing power in order to “inflate” the results. Today, Samsung has hit back at these accusations.
In a statement to Cnet UK, Samsung claimed:
“The Galaxy Note 3 maximizes its CPU/GPU frequencies when running features that demand substantial performance… This was not an attempt to exaggerate particular benchmarking results. We remain committed to providing our customers with the best possible user experience.”
It seems logical that the Galaxy Note 3 would reserve processing power which could be accessed as required for the running of processor intensive apps, and on the surface, would seem to be a defensible position. Yet the Ars Technica study found that the code would only respond specifically to benchmarking apps such as Geekbench, Quadrant, and AnTuTu. The most convincing evidence against Samsung’s position is the fact that when these apps were renamed, most of the devices cores remained idle to prevent overheating.
The most disappointing part of this story is the fact that the Galaxy Note 3 performs better than its rivals without the boosting, so there should be absolutely no need to boost the scores in this way. Whilst it was a clever move on Samsung’s part, this kind of marketing tactic is underhanded, is ultimately misleading to consumers.
Do you think that Samsung’s intentions have been misunderstood here? Or do you believe that Samsung deliberately conspired to inflate the benchmark scores of the Galaxy Note 3? If they did, has this changed your perspective on the company at all?
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