One of the most visible aspects of the recently launched OnePlus 5 smartphone is its speed and performance in real world and benchmark scores. Which wouldn’t come as a surprise that the smartphone is running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 inside. That combined with the enormous 8GB of RAM is the main reason why the smartphone performs so well, according to many reviewers. As good as this sounds, maybe things are not actually what they seem to be.
According to XDA Developers the secret to OnePlus 5’s excellent benchmark scores is something else. As the smartphone is cheating its way to the top. Basically while running benchmarks the ROM on OnePlus 5 boosts up its frequencies. Which in a normal scenario would be running at normal speeds. That results in a higher score compared to other smartphones on the market.
XDA Developers wrote “The ROM would alter the frequency in relation to an adjusted CPU load — our tools showed CPU load would drop to 0% regardless of obvious activity within the application, and the CPU would see a near-minimum frequency of 1.29GHz in the big cores and 0.98GHz in the little cores. This minimum frequency reduced the effective frequency range, which in turn reduced the number of step frequencies; in benchmarks, this resulted in slightly lower variance and, as we showed, higher sustained performance as the higher minimum frequency could not be overridden by thermal throttling’’.
Above is a representation of how OnePlus 5 uses its little cluster to cheat its way to the top. As surprising as it may sound, it’s actually not the first time OnePlus got caught. Though OnePlus is not the only company caught doing it. Other companies like Samsung have also manipulated their benchmark results in the past. After all this fiasco OnePlus also came up on stage to address XDA Developers by saying that:
”People use benchmark apps in order to ascertain the performance of their device, and we want users to see the true performance of the OnePlus 5. Therefore, we have allowed benchmark apps to run in a state similar to daily usage, including the running of resource intensive apps and games. Additionally, when launching apps the OnePlus 5 runs at a similar state in order to increase the speed in which apps open. We are not overclocking the device, rather we are displaying the performance potential of the OnePlus 5’’.
Whatever the case maybe OnePlus 5 is still a great smartphone. That provides one of the smoothest Android experience matching the like of Google Pixel.