Smartphone manufacturers striving for high benchmark scores on benchmark sites like AnTuTu, Geekbench, etc. is nothing new. After all, the phones sell better as the companies market them with better scores. Realme GT is the latest addition to the infamous benchmark cheating practice and it has been outed by AnTuTu.
In a Weibo post, AnTuTu has allegedly caught and ‘banned’ the Realme GT for cheating on its benchmark scores. As a result, the smartphone that scored over 750,000 points on AnTuTu, which was considerably higher than the latest Xiaomi Mi 11’s 708,000 has been ‘banned’ from the certification site for three months. AnTuTu claimed that these numbers were not a manifestation of true strength but instead obtained through cheating.
How was Realme GT able to boost its performance scores?
AnTuTu cites that Realme GT tinkered with the performance in the multithreaded workload and JPG decoding sections of its benchmark. According to AnTuTu, both delaying threads and modifying the image are against fair benchmark practices.
The website claims that the Realme GT intentionally delayed threads when running the multithreaded test on its benchmark side in order to use its fastest CPU cores. These tactics helped the handset receive higher benchmark scores than it deserved.
Additionally, AnTuTu also claims that the company modified the reference JPG image used by the benchmarking platform for reducing processing time and achieving a higher score. The upcoming Realme smartphone is believed to have used mosaic color blocks instead of processing the image verbatim to reduce its quality while cutting down on the processing efforts.
Realme GT not the first phone to get ‘banned’ for benchmark cheating
AnTuTu has decided on a three-month ‘ban’ on Realme GT from the benchmark platform. Once Realme GT’s software starts behaving as expected, the smartphone will be reinstated after the three-months ban is over.
Interestingly, Realme isn’t the first brand to get outed for cheating on benchmarks. In 2020, many MediaTek-powered smartphones by Oppo were reportedly caught with discrepancies in the PCMark test. Similarly, the likes of Samsung, OnePlus, Huawei, and Meizu have also been accused of cheating in the past.
For smartphone brands, benchmark figures remain a massive marketing tool. These numbers play a part in helping the buyer focus on other specs and features. Moreover, the benchmark scores had helped Realme GT stand out as it competed against numerous other competent Snapdragon 888 phones.
The AnTuTu scores are supposed to standardize the performance of smartphones across various common tasks. However, companies manipulating the systems have ultimately brought doubt to the figures. This is something that the likes of AnTuTu, Geekbench, and other benchmark sites want to guard against.