Samsung caught doping Galaxy S 4 benchmarks

“Tipped off by a report from hacker in Luxembourg that accused Samsung of increasing the clock speed of its Android-based Galaxy S 4 specifically, and only, when running certain benchmarks, AnandTech investigated and confirmed that it is indeed cheating to win in performance tests, by design,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider.

“Digging into files in the software that controls the chip’s frequency, AnandTech discovered ‘what appeared to be hard coded profiles/exceptions for certain applications,’ including the text string ‘BenchmarkBooster,'” Dilger reports. “The file directly revealed custom Samsung support for changing how the Galaxy S 4 works when running specific benchmarks.”

Dilger reports, “Further, the site discovered ‘there are strings for Fusion3 (the Snapdragon 600 + MDM9x15 combo) and Adonis (the codename for Exynos 5 Octa),’ indicating that Samsung isn’t just cheating on benchmarks for one of its processors; it’s part of the company’s culture.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Wait, cheating is part of Samsung’s culture? NFW! (dripping sarcasm)

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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  1. From this story…
    “Further, the site discovered “there are strings for Fusion3 … and Adonis …” indicating that Samsung isn’t just cheating on benchmarks for one of its processors; it’s part of the company’s culture.”

    (Emphasis added by me)

  2. Just steered my dad away from a Samsung TV to an LG 46″ LED 1080p, which was actually less money, just as good a picture, and even though I had to try to get the old taste of Lucky “Goldstar” out of my mouth, at least that Korean company isn’t run by the Korean mafia.

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