It’s a nasty practice by OEMs to optimize their devices for benchmarking apps. Perhaps to show off numbers and impress some buyers out there. We’ve had major names such as HTC doing this in the past. This time around, however, is the Huawei optimizing its Asend P7. As usual Anandtech was the first one to detect the behavior, following which Futuermark decided to delist the handset.
Ascend P7 runs on Huawei’s home-brewed Hisilicon Kirin 910T which features four Cortex-A9 cores running at 1.8GHz. Huawei Ascend P7 posted 28% higher score with Play Store version than the renamed version. Its score was 7462 on Play Store version versus 5816 on renamed executable for Ice Storm Unlimited. Which makes it clear, that Ascend P7 detects the execution of benchmarking app and lifts the performance only to score better. That mean its real world performance will be different.
This is what Futuremark doesn’t like. They verified Anandtech’s claims in their own labs too and results weren’t any different. They were also not satisfied by the companies to response. So they simply chose to delist the Ascend P7 with zero score which now puts it on the bottom of the list. Hopefully, Huawei will soon correct its mistake.