OnePlus 5, without any doubt, was one of the most awaited smartphones of the year and even Samsung Galaxy S8 failed to match its hype. With the device being launched yesterday in the US, people have started reviewing the OnePlus 5 which comes with some of the first in the industry a Snapdragon 835 chipset and obviously, the mid-budget price bracket.
OnePlus 5 being the 3T’s successor, had big shoes to fill and since the latter was a huge success, the Chinese manufacturer would have thought of repeating the same. But, hours after the launch of OnePlus 5, here comes a report that suggests that they have gone way too far, when it comes to repetition.
When OnePlus 3T was launched, XDA-Developers.com had found that the smartphone was designed to deliver benchmark results that were considerably higher than the actual performance, accusing the company of inflating OnePlus 3T’s benchmarks.
Cut to the present, it’s the same website, the same company but there is a new flagship OnePlus 5, which has been accused of the same. Yes, you read it right, the smartphone that you dreamt has been based on a lie and while the company apologized the last time, according to an official statement by OnePlus, which read, inflation in benchmarks was done in order to give users an exact idea of OnePlus 5’s “true performance”.
The true performance that we are not going to get, the true performance that made us wait for OnePlus 5 and the same true performance that will not go down very well with the users.
This is what they said, “End users use benchmark apps to ascertain the actual performance of their device, and we want them to see the true performance of the OnePlus 5. We have allowed benchmark apps to run in similar conditions like that of daily usage, including running of resource intensive applications and games. Additionally, when launched these apps on the OnePlus 5, it ran at a similar state, which was an attempt to increase speed in which they open. We are not overclocking OnePlus 5, rather we are displaying the true performance potential of the device”.
Here is what XDA’s report suggests
The OnePlus 5 despite being an entirely different beast, resorts to the kind of obvious, which is calculated cheating mechanisms like those we saw in flagships of the early days of Android. This is an approach that is clearly intended to maximize scores in Benchmark in the most misleading manner. 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 cluster jumps to its maximum frequency as seen under performance governors. This affects all the little cores and keeps them at 1.9GHz, and it is how OnePlus 5 achieves some of the highest GeekBench 4 ratings of a Snapdragon 835 chipset to date, which is also the highest attainable score given its no-compromise configuration that comes with a specific configuration.
While OnePlus 5 didn’t even manage to reach a score of 6,500 when tested on the Geekbench’s hidden build of the app, it scored over 6,700 in multi-core performance on the Play Store version of the app.
With OnePlus 5 yet to launch in India on 22nd June, these accusations will definitely hamper the targeted sales chart, however, this might still be not enough for the end users to refrain from buying the OnePlus 5 as the device still offers some of the best specifications in the flagship competition such as Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, clocked up to 2.45GHz, dual rear cameras (16MP+20MP), 3,300mAh battery, 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB variants, Android 7.1.1 Nougat as well as a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display.
However, with the price of OnePlus devices getting higher and higher after every launch, it will be interesting to see how the company positions the OnePlus 5 in India and only after that we are going to tell you whether the device should be your next buy or not.
Check this space for a OnePlus 5 review with its competition.