Huawei's excuse for benchmark manipulation: others do it!

Huawei's excuse for benchmark manipulation: others do it!”

UL, the company behind the gaming 3DMark benchmark, has just announced that four Huawei smartphones are getting delisted after confirming a breach of their rules - Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei nova 3, Huawei Honor Play, and Huawei P20.

Huawei reportedly claimed that the peak of productivity during the startup benchmark application, was "intuitive leap", based on the work of artificial intelligence. The company behind the app, UL Benchmarks, stated: "After testing the devices in our lab and confirming that they breach our rules, we have chose to delist the affected models and remove them from our performance rankings".

As a result, the Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei Nova and Huawei Honor Play have all been delisted from UL Benchmarks' online rankings. As part of a response, Anandtech had a conversation with Huawei at IFA where its Consumer Business Group President, Wang Chenglu admitted to the fact that it does use a benchmark detection software to deliver an enhanced result to look strong with respect to its competitors in the eyes of a user. UL and Huawei would like to participate in an industry movement to develop benchmarking standards that best serve the needs of manufacturers, press, and consumers.

Third, benchmarking companies have other methods to test a device's actual expected capabilities, which is a good thing. Huawei did this to boast the powerful performance of Huawei smartphones and impress the customers.

AnandTech discovered that Huawei is another company guilty of manipulating benchmarking scores using a technique where the phone increases its clock speed once it detects the software. According to 3DMark, it was able to prove the misleading test results because Huawei's phones only recognized the public version of its benchmarking app.

UL say that "Delisted devices appear unranked, and without scores, at the bottom of our popular list of the best smartphones". That's presumably part of the reason why Huawei is launching "Performance Mode" with EMUI 9.0.

Kuala Lumpur, September 8, 2018 - Honor always prioritizes the user experience rather than pursuing high benchmark scores - especially since there isn't a direct connection between smartphone benchmarks and user experiences. They do, however, provide information about the smartphone's performance during heavy stress.

When AnandTech ran tests using an unlabeled version on benchmark apps, the phones were unable to recognize the same and performed poorly.

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