Hall of Shame: Futuremark's 3DMark de-lists HTC and Samsung for cheating

Hall of Shame: Futuremark's 3DMark de-lists HTC and Samsung for cheating
Whenever any kind of a synthetic benchmark is involved, we find ourselves reiterating over and over that these results should be taken with caution, and certainly in the context of a controlled environment. And while this latter quality allows for standardized testing to take place, it's also inherently predictable, meaning that manufacturers could rig the procedure.

Such cases are common in the PC arena, and they obviously have spread to the mobile space, with numerous manufacturers downright cheating, despite their disappointing denials. For a while now, we simply thought that the marketing geniuses at these companies apparently consider the extra sales from the perceived performance edge over rivals to be sufficient to outweigh the effects of a negative press. If that's indeed the case, those people may want to reconsider, as Futuremark, the company behind the hugely-popular 3DMark benchmark, have now officially de-listed and shamed a number of Samsung and HTC devices as cheats. These include the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 and Galaxy Note 3, both the Exynos and Snapdragon variants, along with the HTC One and One mini.

Said otherwise, the folks over at Futuremark are siding with the community, and seem to agree that at least Samsung and HTC have been rigging the tool. Unfortunately, the aforementioned duo is far from the only manufacturers to engage in this kind of activity, and we'll be expecting Futuremark to continue taking action.

In case you're a little dim on the whole affair, the story first broke out after a forum user found that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a string of code in its software that forces the cores of its chipset to run at full power and not idle at all whenever a known benchmark is detected. This results in a higher score, but does not represent real-world scenarios, and basically forces competitors to also jump on the bandwagon, lest their devices are perceived as less powerful.

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GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
  • Display 10.1 inches 1600 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 3GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 8220 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2 Samsung TouchWiz UI
Galaxy Note3
  • Display 5.7 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop

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User Score:

  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop HTC Sense UI
  • Display 4.7 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
One mini

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User Score:

  • OS Android 4.4 HTC Sense UI
  • Display 4.3 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Single camera) 1.6 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 1800 mAh


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