You have probably already heard that the OnePlus 5 has been launched. Many people think that the phone is very similar to both the iPhone 7 Plus and the OPPO R11. The bottom- and top bezels of the OnePlus 5 aren’t as small as the bezels we can find on most flagships nowadays, and it’s only available in two similar colors- Slate Gray and Midnight Black. But if you think that the design is good enough, this might be a smartphone for you because it offers great specs for a pretty affordable price.
The 5.5-inch 1080×1920 display on the front isn’t the best looking on the market, but a display with less resolution makes this device more powerful compared to another phone with the same internals but with a higher resolution display. The OP 5 features a Snapdragon 835 and a whopping 8GB of RAM, which gives this handset a lot of power. A 3300mAh battery, dual 16MP, and 20MP cameras on the rear, a 16MP shooter on the front, and Dash Charge also come with OnePlus’ latest smartphone.
This device has really powerful specs, but some think that OnePlus are cheating in the benchmark tests to get an even better result. People at XDA Developers say that OnePlus sent devices with manipulated benchmark scores to reviewers.
“The OnePlus 5, on the other hand, is an entirely different beast — it resorts to the kind of obvious, calculated cheating mechanisms we saw in flagships in the early days of Android, an approach that is clearly intended to maximize scores in the most misleading fashion.
While there are no governor switches when a user enters a benchmark (at least, we can’t seem to see that’s the case), the minimum frequency of the little cluster jumps to the maximum frequency as seen under performance governors. All little cores are affected and kept at 1.9GHz, and it is through this cheat that OnePlus achieves some of the highest GeekBench 4 scores of a Snapdragon 835 to date.”
Carl Pei, the co-founder of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, says on Reddit that the OP 5 handles benchmarks in the same way as it handles games which need a lot of resources. This is what he stated:
“We have made it so that when running benchmark apps, the phone performs the same as when running resource-intensive apps such as 3D games. We also fully activate our chipset in other parts of OxygenOS, for instance when launching apps to make the launch experience faster and smoother.
We are not making it easier for the chipset to perform, for instance by changing to a lower resolution when detecting a benchmark app. We are not changing the performance of our chipset, for instance by overclocking it.
When users run benchmark apps, which I agree aren’t a useful proxy for real life performance, we believe that they want to see the full potential of their device without interference from tampering. That’s what we’ve unlocked.
Every OEM has proprietary performance profiles for their devices, I appreciate that we have a tech enthusiastic following, but feel free to have a look around. :)”
We don’t know for sure if OnePlus are cheating or not, but we do know that their latest device is very powerful. Do you believe that they are manipulating the scores or not? Do you want to buy the OnePlus 5? Leave your thoughts below or at any of our social media!