By rigging the performance of Galaxy devices, who is Samsung really trying to impress?

Lonnie Isham
By: - 1st Oct 2013
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For the second time, it’s been revealed that Samsung has been rigging its benchmark scores. Given that they had done it once before with the Galaxy S4 smartphone, many tech reviewers were skeptical as to whether or not Samsung would do the same with the Galaxy Note 3, turns out they did.

Being a sports fan, it’s pretty common to hear an athlete say that they’ve cheated in some way, have a moment where they endure public scorn, and after some time has passed, they’re ready to be embraced by the public in a positive light once again. Of course, there’s always a little bit of skepticism in regards to the act they committed, but for the most part as people, they’re usually embraced by the public as if nothing had occurred. Sure it may take a little while, but it happens more often than not.

Maybe it’s not the best analogy, but in this case, Samsung has been caught rigging their benchmark scores for the second time, and they continue to deny any wrong doing. Ars Technica had discovered that during their review of the Galaxy Note 3, that benchmark apps would kick the devices cpu into it’s highest speed in order to show how much faster it is than other devices doing the same tests. However, once a way of turning off the cpu optimization was discovered, the device had gone back to producing normal numbers, and not the more impressive numbers it was showing during the original tests.

Samsung had made an official statement saying that the “benchmark boosting” occurs while using other cpu intensive apps including, web browsing, video playback, and using the camera. But further research by Ars Technica indicates that this is not true. The “benchmark boosting” only occurs while running specific apps, therefore making whatever benchmarking numbers the device produces during benchmark testing, inaccurate.

This isn’t to meant to bring heat to Samsung, but it does bring up the question as to whether or not they’re the only company that does this with their benchmarking numbers. To the average consumer (like myself) these numbers don’t really mean a whole lot. But at the same time, when you’re doing research of the next device to purchase, it would be nice to know that whomever is doing the write-up of said device, is giving you accurate information. Of course with technology manufacturers, consumers are a little more willing to support companies regardless, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to be lied to. The Galaxy is one of the most popular smartphone brands, and general consensus is that customers really seem to like it. So who exactly is Samsung trying to impress at this point, by artificially inflating their devices performance?


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