Reports about Huawei cheating on their benchmark results appeared earlier this week. Anandtech spoke to a company official, who admitted to the offense and now the manufacturer is already facing repercussions.
UL, the company behind the gaming 3DMark benchmark, has just announced that four Huawei smartphones are getting delisted after confirming a breach of their rules – Huawei P20 Pro, Huawei nova 3, Huawei Honor Play, and Huawei P20.
According to UL, the first three phones were tested both with the public version of 3DMark, freely available at Google Play, and a private that is not available to manufacturers. The results from the public app are over 40% higher on average, compared with the private results. The Huawei P20 joined the list later after the additional data revealed the other day.
The company said the public 3DMark gets recognized and activates a hidden Performance Mode that overrides the usual power profile. The difference in scores comes simply from recognizing the name of the application by the phone instead of using some form of complicated adaptation.
Huawei Honor Play in Player Edition Red color
Huawei was contacted by UL and it promised to implement changes. The company is planning to provide users with access to Performance Mode, so they can use the maximum power of their device when they need to.