After Samsung has been proven to boost the performance of the Galaxy Note 3 in benchmark applications, the South Korean company went on record to say it doesn’t cheat, but not before Apple’s Phil Schiller noted the “shenanigans” on Twitter.
A couple of days ago, Ars Technica discovered that the Galaxy Note 3 behaves differently when a benchmark app is detected in order to maximize scores, and was able to prove that the boost only happens when certain well-known benchmarking apps are recognized.
Soon after that article was published, Apple’s Phil Schiller took to Twitter to post a link to it, writing a single word in the tweet – “shenanigans” – a word also used by the article’s author:
— Philip Schiller (@pschiller) October 1, 2013
On the same day, Samsung provided a short comment to CNET UK to clarify the matter, saying it doesn’t cheat on benchmarks:
“The Galaxy Note 3 maximises its CPU/GPU frequencies when running features that demand substantial performance,” Samsung said in a statement to CNET UK.
“This was not an attempt to exaggerate particular benchmarking results. We remain committed to providing our customers with the best possible user experience.”
Interestingly, AnandTech posted an article in which it showed that almost all device makers with the exception of Apple and Motorola (Google) have such boosting methods in place for better benchmarking results.
At the end of the day, this is just business as usual in the mobile world. Of course Samsung denied the accusation; you wouldn’t expect it to acknowledge that it has set up the Galaxy Note 3 to score better in benchmarks – for what it’s worth the device was proven by the same Ars Technica to surpass its competitors when the performance boost is removed.
And of course Apple reacted to the news, especially since it came at this particular time, when the new iPhones and Galaxy devices are battling in stores for the buyer’s attention.
With all that in mind, we have a new question for you today: what are your thoughts on benchmarks?