Oppo Caught Red Handed With Fake 3DMark Benchmarks

Private tests show a 41% difference in performance

In this day and age, it is becoming increasingly difficult to trust tech companies. They are losing their credibility by pulling off shenanigans that eventually come into the public eye.

Just days ago we reported how Intel and Principled Technologies messed with i9-9900K benchmarks. The company later had to apologize for its testing method and updated its benchmark results.  As a result, Intel’s lead over AMD shrunk and even though Intel did better than AMD, many were put off by how the company handled the whole situation.

Now, an even worse situation has come to light but this time it involves a smartphone maker, Oppo. The company is caught red-handed with fake benchmarks for one of its smartphone models.

Oppo’s flagship device, Find X, has been delisted from 3D Mark’s official website leaderboards. The phone was programmed to recognize 3DMark by name from the Google Play Store and then allocate all of its resources to the test to ensure a higher score.

The company that makes 3DMark tested the device on a private version of 3DMark and came to the conclusion that Find X and Find 7 were scoring 41% higher with the publicly available 3DMark app.

The rule is clear, smartphones are allowed to detect heavier loads and push performance. However, detecting benchmarking apps by name and optimizing itself is not allowed.

In the end, UL delisted Oppo’s two devices from its leaderboards. Oppo admitted that the phones are designed to identify 3DMark and boost performance.

When we detect that the user is running applications like games or 3D Benchmarks that require high performance, we allow the SoC to run at full speed for the smoothest experience.

Oppo hasn’t shared plans to fix this with an update for now.

Sikandar Mahmood
An avid fan of stealth-shooter genre. He prefers tactical-based shooters over mainstream titles and regards PS4 and PC as his choice of gaming platforms.