Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2018 - 01:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Huawei, dirty pool, Honor Play, P20, performance mode
In a move reminiscent of the old Quack.exe debacle, Huawei has been caught enhancing benchmark results. Their recent phones are able to detect a running benchmark and will switch to "Performance Mode" which uses "AI to optimize the performance of hardware, including the CPU, GPU and NPU" because everything has an AI in it now, apparently. This would be much worse if not for two things, they are correct in stating that their local competitors do the same thing and they have agreed to allow users to access this Performance Mode on their own. That will increase the performance of the phone but you can expect the battery life to plummet.
If you are interested in diving deeper into this, you can check out that link to The Inquirer.
"Earlier this week, AnandTech revealed that the Chinese phonemaker has benchmark detection software installed on the Huawei P20, Honor Play, and possibly other devices packing its homegrown Kirin 970 processor, which makes the chip perform better by raising its power limit."
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