Huawei found tampering with benchmark results, says it had to

05 September 2018

Benchmarks results have been driving the smartphone industry for quite some time. Manufacturers try to impress customers and each other with higher and higher results, leading to tampering with the outcome in order to look favorable in the eyes of the users.

In a conversation at IFA 2018 in Berlin with Anandtech, Huawei official confirmed that the manufacturer is using benchmark detection software to deliver the best possible results, only because it wants to stay relevant to its competitors.

Dr. Wang Chenglu, President of Software at Huawei’s Consumer Business Group and two reporters from the fellow tech media discussed the need of standardized benchmarks since Huawei gave the argument that tests today move away from real-life usage and do not represent the full experience.

While both sides have partners in the benchmark community and work closely with industry insiders, Wang said that “others do the same testing, get high scores, and Huawei cannot stay silent”.

TSince vendors in China rely on “unrealistic numbers” to promote their phones, Huawei tries to keep up with posting its own similarly half-baked results.

Huawei promised to the tech reporters that in the future benchmark data will be verified by third parties. The next big unveiling of the Shenzhen-based manufacturer is the Mate 20 announcement on October 16. We will follow closely the event and will report how Huawei will address the misleading benchmarks issue.

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