Huawei may have become the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, but it isn’t playing fair. At least from what recently transpired which has put the company in hot waters.
Apparently, Huawei has been caught red-handed artificially boosting the performance of some of its most popular phones to gain an edge over the competition.
The benchmark results on Huawei phones including P20, P20 Pro, Honor Play, and Nova 3 have all been declared fake.
This unusual move by the Chinese smartphone maker was first discovered by AnandTech and it was later confirmed that Huawei was indeed artificially boosting the performance of its handsets while they were running the benchmark tests on 3DMark.
It was detected that Huawei was using Artificial Intelligence to alter the performance of the phones while a test was being conducted. Ever since then, 3DMark has removed Huawei phones from its official smartphone performance leaderboard.
The site now has a note next to Huawei saying that the manufacturer has not complied with UL benchmark rules.
Huawei Admits and issues a statement
Soon after the controversy, Huawei admitted to using AI to increase the performance of their smartphones. Here is the complete statement issued by Huawei on the matter:
Huawei always prioritizes the user experience rather than pursuing high benchmark scores – especially since there isn’t a direct connection between smartphone benchmarks and user experiences. Huawei smartphones use advanced technologies such as AI to optimize the performance of hardware including CPU, GPU, and NPU.
When someone launches a photography app or plays a graphically-intensive game, Huawei’s intelligent software creates a smooth and stable user experience by applying the full capabilities of the hardware, while simultaneously managing the devices’ temperature and power efficiency. For applications that aren’t as power intensive like browsing the web, it will only allocate the resources necessary to deliver the performance that’s needed. In normal benchmarking scenarios, once Huawei’s software recognizes a benchmarking application, it intelligently adapts to “Performance Mode” and delivers optimum performance. Huawei is planning to provide users with access to “Performance Mode” so they can use the maximum power of their device when they need to.
Huawei – as the industry leader – is willing to work with partners to find the best benchmarking standards that can accurately evaluate the user experience.