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OnePlus 5 since its launch yesterday has been the recipient of much praise and attention from the customers. Their website witnessed a rush of people last night who were waiting to see and hear about the new launch but sadly OnePlus has been accused of cheating benchmark results AGAIN.

XDA Developers, a well-reputed tech site claims that the OnePlus 5 has developed cheat codes that allow the phone to manipulate the benchmark trials. Meaning the company is faking the performance results of its smartphone that a regular user may not even notice while using regular applications.

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On further examination, it has been revealed that OnePlus has tampered with the Android system loaded on the review units which is thus producing benchmark results that are too good to be true.

“This is an inexcusable move because it is ultimately an attempt to mislead not just customers, but taint the work of reviewers and journalists with misleading data that most are not able to vet or verify. As a result, every OnePlus 5 review citing benchmark scores as an accolade of the phone’s success is misleading both writers and readers, and performance analyses based on synthetic benchmarks are invalidated,” says Mario Tomás Serrafero on XDA Developers site.

Benchmark Tools targeted by cheat codes

Following are the benchmark tools that are distorted by cheat codes to get desired results:

  • AnTuTu
  • Androbench
  • Geekbench 4
  • GFXBench
  • Quadrant
  • Nenamark 2
  • Vellamo

How do these cheat codes work?

The cheat codes are causing the system to run at a higher speed than the normal CPU speed and are thus tricking the benchmark tools and are manipulating their results.

The codes raise the multi-core performance of the smartphone by 5%, which may sound not too much but in fact, it is a major change that can put the device ahead of other phones features Snapdragon 835 chipset.

The side-effect of spoofing the benchmark tool, the smartphone can heat up pretty quickly where it is becoming uncomfortable for people to hold the device.

During the GFXBench benchmark testings, the outer casing of OnePlus 5 was measured to be 50 degrees Celsius, which according to Serrafero is scorching hot for a phone to be held comfortably.

This is not the first time the company has been accused of cheating as in January 2017, it was caught shipping OnePlus 3T with a cheating mechanism by the same website.

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