Geekbench developer accuses Xiaomi of slowing down smartphones
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Geekbench developer accuses Xiaomi of slowing down smartphones

One of the developers of the popular Geekbench benchmark, John Poole, accused Xiaomi of deliberately limiting the performance of smartphones – the company slows down benchmark applications disguised as games, but otherwise lets them work to full capacity.

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Image source: amar-rockz/pixabay.com

John Poole tweeted that Xiaomi limits device performance based on app names. Specifically, disguising the Geekbench application as a popular game Fortnite resulted in a 30% performance drop in single-core tests and 15% in multi-core tests. The same thing happened when Geekbench was disguised as Genshin Impact.

Judging by this data, Xiaomi at least slows down games – whether this also applies to other applications remains to be seen. Presumably, this is done to prevent smartphones from overheating and save battery power. The main claim of the expert was that the use of benchmarks that evaluate performance is not “regulated” in this way, which misleads buyers about the actual performance of gadgets.

    Image source: twitter.com/jfpoole

Image source: twitter.com/jfpoole

This isn’t the first time the company has been accused of such practices, but the main reason for the uproar was that Samsung recently became aware of similar behavior. Ultimately, the latter was forced to apologize for the poor performance of the Galaxy S22 flagships and release an update to prioritize performance in games. A year ago, OnePlus was caught doing it.

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Robbie Elmers

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