The scumbags at Samsung are at it again

Remember back in July when Anand Lal Shimpi and Brian Klug at AnandTech caught Samsung cheating on benchmark tests by making the CPU on the Galaxy S4 run higher when it detected benchmark apps? That was terrible, right—but they got caught and probably wouldn’t do it again.


Now Ars Technica caught Samsung cheating on Galaxy Note 3 benchmark tests.

We noticed an odd thing while testing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3: it scores really, really well in benchmark tests—puzzlingly well, in fact. A quick comparison of its scores to the similarly specced LG G2 makes it clear that something fishy is going on, because Samsung’s 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 blows the doors off LG’s 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800. What makes one Snapdragon so different from the other?

After a good bit of sleuthing, we can confidently say that Samsung appears to be artificially boosting the US Note 3’s benchmark scores with a special, high-power CPU mode that kicks in when the device runs a large number of popular benchmarking apps.

So what’s a company like Samsung to do when people continue to catch them cheating? Stop cheating, perhaps?

No, not Samsung. They are going to make their own benchmark tools for testers. Yeah, we’ll definitely believe the tests that come from that app.

  • Jeff Slater

    Shock and awe.

  • Techpm

    Samsung’s CEO got 3 year suspended jail sentence and fine for bribing judges (!!) in South Korea and yet was back running the business after just one year.

    Do you really think they’d stop after being caught cheating on some benchmarks?

    They’re made of the slimiest of slime.

  • I do not think they care, really. Samsung is the new darling of the mainstrean media.

    • Walt French

      Just like Anthony Weiner, eh?

      At this point, any tech reviewer knows that everything Samsung presents needs to be scrutinized so that the company’s fast & loose attitude doesn’t tarnish the reviewer. How would you like to be the editor of TechWhiz.Com, and have your numbers shown to be bogus, because your “due diligence” wasn’t?

  • Bradley Wyatt

    even though they are the ‘same processor’ the bus could be completely different causing the better scores…

    • tylernol

      The article clearly shows Samsung is peaking at the package name to figure out if they should go into overclock mode. changing the package name yields lower scores and the clock behavior does not change. Samsung is cheating.

    • Walt French

      Pro Tip: “Begging the question” actually means to make an assumption that proves your case.

      Yeah, there could be all sorts of differences; in fact, there are. But AnandTech & Ars have easily found the mechanism that’s actually in use, one that you apparently didn’t bother to read before coming up with your mealy-mouthing excuses for attempts to mislead enthusiasts.

      Why not wait until you actually have evidence before you excuse behavior that looks questionable? If you think you’re actually standing up for Samsung, you’re really doing the opposite, pointing out how they’ve misled people such as yourself.

    • Sigivald

      Also, no, it’s not just the same raw processor, it’s the same System-on-a-Chip; pretty much everything but ram and storage is on the SoC.

      The Snapdragon 800 is only available with one bus option, 800mhz DDR3; nobody really underclocks that because nobody uses the S800 in places you don’t care about speed.

  • at least they aren’t being sued by the US government for ebook pricing… no, that’s not cheating

  • Jack

    Samsung out-innovates the competition once again!

  • Mother Hydra

    Stay classy Samsung, you can’t ride the gravy train with biscuit wheels indefinitely.

  • Priceless

  • Doppelgänger

    Not great, but do you have to call them scumbags? You just lose all credibility as a journalist with a clear bias.

    Gruber and Ritchie have bags more integrity.

    • Herding_sheep

      God forbid a human being have a stance on something.

      I don’t think Jim ever calls himself a “journalist,” but even then, whats with the assumption that journalists must be emotionless empty shells? A good journalist is one with an insightful position that is articulated rationally. Not one that is afraid to speak his mind in a meaningless effort to APPEAR non-biased. We all know this site is Apple-centric, and devoted to Apple fans. Jim doesn’t put on some fake bullshit act to make himself look like anything but that.

      I think expecting any human being to not have biases or stances on subjects is just delusional. Those who appear that way are simply putting on a facade. The ones I respect are the ones who aren’t afraid to speak the truth, and attract similarly minded people.

      The ones I don’t respect are the ones who are more concerned with their image rather than speaking their mind.

  • Gonji

    Samsung just lives by the adage of, “You can fool some of the people some of the time”. If “some” is enough, then that is all they believe they need to do.

    As Techpm said, in the scale of dodgy practices that Samsung have done in the past, this pales into insignificance. Samsung have cheated Koreans for years and got away with it, so to cheat and lie is ingrained in the culture of the company. This is just normal practice for them.

  • Tom

    I love the headline. And it’s not even a click bait.

  • How does benchmarks even matter here. If Samsung sells a phone for $X and there are already other phones with better value for lesser amount then Samsung will lose anyways..which is what happened with Nokia and Blackberry and hence they both got sold eventually.

    So if Samsung is fooling people today they can’t continue to do so for a long time due to some other company giving better value phones sooner or later…