The point of benchmark scores is to give solid data letting testers know how powerful a smartphone is. The only problem is, it came to light that smartphone brands are doing tricks to cheat on benchmark tests.
After Samsung was caught throttling smartphone performance for 10,000 apps, Xiaomi is now caught guilty of doing something similar. Geekbench co-founder John Poole went to Twitter to call out Xiaomi for limiting a smartphone’s performance based on the app name.
Looks like Xiaomi is also making performance decisions based on application identifiers.
— John Poole (@jfpoole) March 27, 2022
To test it, the folks apparently disguised Geekbench as the game Fortnite on the Xiaomi Mi 11 and saw its single-core and multi-core scores drop to 30% and 15%, respectively. It also did the same when they renamed it to Genshin Impact.
In a statement, Xiaomi said that:
“Xiaomi applies temperature management strategies to ensure an optimal product experience, especially with demanding apps that are often used for extended periods of time. On many of our devices, we offer 3 types of performance modes, allowing users to adjust the balance between performance and energy efficiency At the system level, all optimizations related to application performance weigh many essential factors, such as power consumption, performance, and thermal impact.”
It appears that Xiaomi didn’t deny the allegations and even said that they’re using “temperature management strategies” which adjust the performance and power consumption to “ensure an optimal product experience.”
However, the company is implying that the said limitations can be bypassed to some degree via the three performance modes. Depending on what you choose, the device will prioritize speed over battery consumption or vice-versa.