Some Samsung Galaxy S4 buyers can claim their share of a $13.4 million settlement
Benchmark tests exist so that enthusiasts and even manufactures can check the relative performance of different smartphones without opinions entering into the calculations. It can also quantify the difference in the performance of a particular phone after a software update, or an upgrade/downgrade in specs. Back in 2013, it wasn't unusual for companies like Samsung and HTC to overclock the CPU or GPU on their phones when they detected that a benchmark test was running on them.
Samsung Galaxy S4, powered by the Exynos 5410 chipset, was responding to benchmark tests by overclocking the PowerVR SGX 544MP3 graphics unit. Normally the GPU ran at a clock speed at 480MHz, but when the phone detected that benchmarking apps like AnTuTu, Quadrant and GLBenchmark 2.5.1 were being used, the GPU would run as fast as 533MHz.That same year, we told you that the international version of the
Those who purchased an Exynos powered Samsung Galaxy S4 are in line to receive a share of this settlement
According to papers filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (via Android Police), instead of taking its chances after five years of litigation, Samsung agreed to a $13.4 million settlement.Well, when word of this artificial benchmarking boost came out, a class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of those who purchased an Exynos powered Samsung Galaxy S4.
Now if you owned an Exynos powered Galaxy S4, you might see that total settlement amount and start dreaming of all the things that you're going to buy thanks to Sammy. There's that mansion you've always wanted, the new Porsche and that long vacation in Monte Carlo. Heck, you might even add the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ to the list. But before you start spending all of that money, there is something you should know. The settlement works out to no more than $10 for each qualifying Galaxy S4 purchaser. And that is an estimate based on a very low number of claims being filed (5% or less). Well, those receiving their share of the settlement can still pick up an inexpensive case for the Galaxy Note 10+. By the way, the attorneys will collect $1.5 million, or 11.12% of the settlement value. The lead plaintiff will receive an extra $7,500.
In addition to paying out $13.4 million, Samsung promised not to manipulate benchmark results on its devices, but only for three years. It almost sounds like this is something that they were still doing up to now. After three years, Samsung will be allowed to reuse the code that overclocks the processors when one of its phones detects that a benchmark test is running.
Details on how to claim the $10 have yet to be announced. As soon as we hear something, we will update this story with the information. Meanwhile, we probably should remind you that as recently as 2017, the OnePlus 3T and the Meizu Pro 6 were both accused of overclocking their CPUs when running benchmark tests from Geekbench and AnTuTu. In 2016, the OnePlus 3T was named by AnTuTu of having the top score for an Android phone. That assessment should be viewed skeptically in retrospect.