Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Oct 2013 16:07 UTC

With the exception of Apple and Motorola, literally every single OEM we've worked with ships (or has shipped) at least one device that runs this silly CPU optimization. It's possible that older Motorola devices might've done the same thing, but none of the newer devices we have on hand exhibited the behavior. It's a systemic problem that seems to have surfaced over the last two years, and one that extends far beyond Samsung.

Pathetic, but this has been going on in the wider industry for as long as I can remember - graphics chip makers come to mind, for instance. Still, this is clearly scumbag behaviour designed to mislead consumers.

On the other hand, if you buy a phone based on silly artificial benchmark scores, you deserve to be cheated.

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Or, spent a bit of time optimising drivers, Dalvik, apps, etc for the existing silicon.

Why not both? The types of benchmarks referenced in this article have more to do with showing the capability of the hardware. The drivers would should benefits for the apps however they wouldn't benefit these types of benchmarks. It doesn't mean performance gains wouldn't be achieved however if they're looking for a benchmark speed crown then silicon optimization is where they'll have to invest resources.

Edited 2013-10-03 16:53 UTC

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