Stale lawsuit accuses Samsung of benchmark cheating, says it 'rigged the deck'

Stale lawsuit accuses Samsung of benchmark cheating, says it 'rigged the deck'
Imagine what life was like in the times of the Galaxy S4. Samsung was the gift that kept on giving when it came to specs, if not design, and its mobile division was the poster child of its operating profit reports. At the time, however, Samsung may have been involved in one fairly common, though not necessarily moral activity - tailoring its phone's chipset performance to be at their peak when running certain benchmarks we as reviewers, and the public at large, is usually running to determine if this or that handset is faster.

The opposite of this move is throttling the performance to prevent battery sadness, of course, but that's more of an Apple realm, while both actions are somewhat unpalatable for the honest hardworking American. One of these folks, Daniel Norcia, filed a lawsuit about the misleading practice way back in 2011, excerpt of which you can read in the quote below, and it has now gotten some moves and traction up the litigation ladder.


While Mr Norcia also included unfair reporting on the built-in storage, we've all come accustomed to a lot of companies listing the total amount of memory as if there is no operating system and stock apps to eat up some of that space on initial boot. Phone makers have been getting better at reporting the "user-available" memory, though, so this part of the lawsuit was dropped, but the benchmark cheating stays, and is now awaiting the input of a U.S. magistrate judge as soon as next week. The current U.S. District Judge that was presiding over the case, James Donato, had already quipped that "Samsung rigged the deck, fixed the game; and as a result of that, consumers were misled about the speed of the phone." Samsung, you Tony Soprano of the mobile world, you.

source: DT

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14 Comments

1. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I love how you make this old case equal to apples down throtling of their devices. Again and again this website shows its true color,.....

2. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

This site is rigged especially when it doesn't want to talk fact about Samsung. Anti-Samsung propaganda is purely pathetic.

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1830; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Because it’s news and also shows the character of the company to do what ever to win. This is a big deal. Samsung is a company not a person please stop with the blind loyalty.

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4324; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Exactly. It's like apple limiting batteries without explanation or deactivating services because you had your screen replaced at both authorized and unauthorized repair centers. Shows company character.

14. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Yet you keep coming back.

3. afrohoxha

Posts: 264; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Very bad comparisons in some paragraphs but I'm not gonna take the bait.

4. Pabliell

Posts: 187; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Seriously? A ruckus about a 5 year old phone? Why don't they get more important stuff reviewed? Like hardware roulette, Samsung always uses different camera modules (their own and from Sony) and there's no way of telling, until software check. It should be stated on the box. Same with other companies, last year Huawei was the king of roulette with P10, juggling with RAM modules and internal storage tech. It should be all stated on the box. By law.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4324; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If there is no way of telling which camera they use then why does it matter?

13. Pabliell

Posts: 187; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

If there's no difference between Exynos and Snapdragon, then why does it matter? Sarcasm aside, it's for personal preference and information purposes. To fully know what you're getting.

5. Jrod99

Posts: 778; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

What’s with this new scroll over ad bs you got PA? Very annoying I must say.

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4324; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Ad block. No idea if they do ads at all outside of sponsored articles.

7. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

I think that the credibility of this site every day is more and more obvious Hhe idiot is waiting for your news, but racism, Samsung and its devices and reputation at the expense of praise and marketing others because you are paid will not change the reality

8. emvxl

Posts: 142; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

I love this site. Not for the articles, but for the comments - keep them coming. Seriously, I think the judge has already decided the outcome based on his statements.

12. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Galaxy S4...... lulz. Pointless article.

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