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."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Windows 10 support extended again: September releases now get 30 months @ Ars Technica
- Cybercrooks home in on infosec's weakest link – you poor gullible people @ The Register
- Engineering tour de force births programmable optical quantum computer @ Ars Technica
- Google is 20, Chrome is 10, and Microsoft would rather ignore the Nokia deal's 5th birthday @ The Register
- Researchers Used Sonar Signal From a Smartphone Speaker To Steal Unlock Passwords @ Slashdot
- Microsoft sharpens its claws to cut Outlook UI excess, snip Ribbon @ The Register
- Samsung, SK Hynix reportedly to defer expansion plans @ DigiTimes
- Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores @ The Register
The Need for Speed
Around here storage is Allyn’s territory, but I decided to share my experience with a new $20 flash drive I picked up that promised some impressive speeds via USB 3.0. The drive is the Lexar JumpDrive P20, and I bought the 32GB version, which is the lowest capacity of the three drives in the series. 64GB and 128GB versions of the JumpDrive P20 are available, with advertised speeds of up to 400 MB/s from all three, and reads and up to 270 MB/s writes - if you buy the largest capacity.
My humble 32GB model still boasts up to 140 MB/s writes, which would be faster than any USB drive I’ve ever owned (my SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 16GB drive is limited to 60 MB/s writes, and can hit about 190 MB/s reads), and the speeds of the P20 even approach that of some lower capacity SATA 3 SSDs - if it lives up to the claims. The price was right, so I took the plunge. (My hard-earned $20 at stake!)
Size comparison with other USB flash drives on hand (P20 on far right)
First we'll look at the features from Lexar:
- Among the fastest USB flash drives available, with speeds up to 400MB/s read and 270MB/s write
- Sleek design with metal alloy base and high-gloss mirror finish top
- Securely protects files using EncryptStick Lite software, an advanced security solution with 256-bit AES encryption
- Reliably stores and transfers files, photos, videos, and more
- High-capacity options to store more files on the go
- Compatible with PC and Mac systems
- Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 devices
- Limited lifetime warranty