Huawei cheats on benchmark software. The provider of the 3DMark benchmark, UL, has therefore removed the manufacturer's devices, including the P20 Pro, the P20, Nova 3 and Honor Play from its benchmarks. They achieved in the test partly almost 50 percent more power, which they do not offer in reality.
We are reminded of the diesel scandal. Also there was cheated in the test on the test bench, the exhaust emissions. Now, manufacturer Huawei has demonstrably turned on its smartphones even when the devices knew they were being tested.
Manufacturers do not learn it
Although there used to be companies cheating in the past, Huawei did not as an opportunity not to begin with it. As early as 2013, for example, Samsung noticed the manipulation of the benchmarks.
In fact, the provider UL now informs that Huawei devices are no longer kept in the benchmark. You are connected to your customers and want to offer benchmarks that you can rely on.
Huawei caught cheating
How did UL Huawei catch on? The manufacturer not only offers a version of its benchmark software that anyone can download, but also a private benchmark app. Among other things, it differs in how it identifies itself to the device.
When Huawei's devices "noticed" that they were being tested by the publicly available version of the benchmark, the processors worked with significantly more power than they usually do. The result differs by just under 50 percent between UL's free-to-play and internal benchmark app.
The Huawei P20 Pro in the 3D Mark scored 2988 points when it thought it was being tested. If it does not recognize the benchmark software, the processors ran at a different pace and the result in the benchmark ended up at only 1930 points. The Huawei Nova 3 scored only 1534 points instead of the pretended 2917, and the Honor Play only 1847 instead of 2985.