Oppo Find X caught cheating on benchmark, becomes latest to get delisted

Oppo Find X caught cheating on benchmark, becomes latest to get delisted
Early last month, a report accused Huawei and Honor devices of cheating on benchmarks. Shortly after this, 3DMark reached the same conclusion and began delisting smartphones made by Huawei from its databases. According to the latest findings, though, it seems they aren’t alone.

Through testing that compared results gathered via both the private and public versions of its app, the same benchmarking firm found that the flagship Oppo Find X, which is set for a release in the UK soon, was boosting its scores by up to 41%. To make matters worse, it seems this was not the only device affected, with similar behaviors spotted on the mid-range Oppo F7 that launched earlier this year.

In response to these findings, Oppo admitted that, when it detects applications such as games or 3D benchmarks, it “allows the SoC to run at full speed for the smoothest experience.” For unknown applications, on the other hand, the smartphone uses its default power optimization strategy, which explains the significantly lower scores on the private 3DMark app.
Interestingly, Oppo did state that if a device has not been operated by the user for “5 to 10 seconds,” it limits performance automatically to “70% to 80% of the maximum performance.” However, as soon as the user interacts with the smartphone this returns back to 100%.

Even though Oppo has explained the differences, it remains against 3DMark’s rules. Because of this, the smartphones will continue to be unlisted, at least until Oppo removes this cheating software.

source: UL via XDA Developers

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Find X
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 25 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3730 mAh



1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 877; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Android Phones can be easily caught for cheating.... But who knows what apple is doing behind closed doors.

3. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

spare apple, they don’t need highest benchmark to run app smoothly and intuitively. Its the devs work to make their apps optimized in iOS.

4. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

"But who knows what apple is doing behind closed doors." Apple is busy making best selling iPhones.

8. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I have an iPhone XS. It’s still janky when scrolling. Still you don’t even try.

15. DolmioMan

Posts: 345; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Sure ya do, an Apple hater that buys every iPhone. Yeah right.

16. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

You mean iPhone one plus 6 lol.

18. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Apple cheated everytime new phone come put that is fact. Until last one they can’t cheat so 6s still work great.

7. midan

Posts: 3112; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"But who knows what apple is doing behind closed doors." Apple is doing best performing phones, they have zero reason to cheat because Everyone can see how great iPhone realtime performance is.

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2487; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

So instead of just responding and saying that it’s a shame when a company cheats, you decide to deflect to a company that isn’t even being mentioned? Sounds like a winning argument: let’s not admonish a brand just because they use my favorite OS, lets instead try to make it seem like a separate company cheats too.

17. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

My 3 years old iPad mini 4 with inferior hardware still can runs intensive games without issues so.

5. scarface21173

Posts: 702; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I wouldnt worry, benchmarks are b@@locks these days anyway.

6. Firdous unregistered

Nice phone

9. dimas

Posts: 3415; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You can't blame oppo to increase the sale, their find x biscuit phone is a big flop after jerryrigeverything released his video.

12. Poptart2828

Posts: 460; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Normal people don't usually try to destroy their $1000 phones just for kicks. I bet you every single one of those oppo find x in the wild are still functioning and their owners are very happy with their purchase.

11. Poptart2828

Posts: 460; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

That phone makes any US carrier phone look like yesterdays news.


Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

Not even surprised what u expect from chineee company

19. mootu

Posts: 1539; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

I honestly don't see how this is cheating. Allowing a device to run at full potential when it detects intensive software makes nothing but sense to me 3D Mark need to get their house in order, they won't accept entrys from phones using AI for software detection but accept entrys from overclockers using binned chips, LN2 etc.

20. errnope

Posts: 43; Member since: May 23, 2018

I agree. It is impossible to cheat at benchmarks. Either the phone is capable of doing it, or it isn't. It cannot magic up extra CPU or extra RAM that doesn't exist. It is also no different to PC solutions. I have an NVIDIA GPU in my PC, but it is only used when it detects I'm running a game, or from the chosen list of programs I can add to the list. If I'm not my PC just relies on the integrated Intel graphics, because this will handle browsing, video playback etc just fine - saving energy and heat etc. This is all these phones are doing.

21. cheetah2k

Posts: 2297; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

if OPPO were overclocking the handset then sure. ok. delist. but operating at 100% capability gets banned?? WTF

22. M.O.A.B

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

my thoughts exactly !! since when running the cpu at full speed is considered cheating ? isn't that what is supposed from the benchmarks to do ? to test the full hardware capabilities ?! it may be considered valid that they cheated if the full speed kicks in ONLY in the benchmark app, but oppo has stated that the full speed kicks in games also, and that is enough to excuse them for doing that.

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