OnePlus 5 Reportedly Cheats in Benchmarks, but who cares anyways

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T

Earlier this year, folks at XDA Developers found out that OnePlus was making manual tweaks to its benchmarks results for the OnePlus 3T.

This led to the company admitting that indeed there were some few changes it had implemented in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC used on the phone – changes that meant the phone gave out higher than normal results when taken through benchmarks. When this discovery was made, the Chinese OEM was forced to reverse these tweaks via a software update and while this took care of the issue, it did not clear the company’s image in the eyes of XDA guys.

Now, after the release of the OnePlus 5, the same chaps are at it again and apparently, the Chinese company hasn’t learned a thing from the mistake it did with the OnePlus 3T. According to the XDA Developers, the new phone has also been tweaked in order to give out fake benchmark results.

The report notes that the OnePlus 5 records scores of over 6700 when taken through multi-core tests on Geekbench 4, yet the actual results are about 6500. The truth of the matter here is that no one really cares if OnePlus faked the benchmarks for the new flagship killer because whether fake or not, the new OnePlus 5 is still a beast of a phone.

One thing that you need to understand is that benchmarks are never an exact reflection of how a phone performs in real life. While you might end up with a lower figure in benchmarks, the performance of the phone might surprise you when taken through real world tests [read Google Pixel and Pixel XL]. The opposite is also possible.

Given than the OnePlus 5 packs the same – and much more powerful – specs as the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8+, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Xiaomi Mi 6 and HTC U11, you’ll agree that the phone will, one way or the other, appear in the same class as these flagship phones when it comes to performing real world tasks.

So, no matter how hard guys at XDA would want the world to find fault in the idea that OnePlus 5 has fake benchmarks, the fact remains that the phone will still be a solid performer when it comes to opening apps, multitasking, post-image processing, gaming, streaming and handling other resource-intensive tasks.

Just a highlight of what OnePlus 5 comes with, the phone has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display screen with a 1080p resolution and Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Under the hood, you get the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that is mated with either 6GB RAM or 8GB RAM. In an ideal world, where the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8+, HTC U11 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium with basically the same hardware are deemed as top performers, there’s nothing that would stop the OnePlus 5 from being an equally top performer.

OnePlus 5

In fact, you can expect snappier performance from the OnePlus 5 compared to some of these phones whose variants have 4GB RAM, especially when considering the high-end variant of the OnePlus phone that packs a massive 8GB RAM. In terms of storage, you’ll get either 64GB or 128GB depending on the model you go for, but the rest of the specs remain unchanged.

These include a 3300mAh battery unit, a dual 16MP+20MP camera on the back and a 16MP selfie lens as well as Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box. It gets even better for OnePlus 5 when price comes into play because none of its closest rivals – apart from Xiaomi Mi 6 – beats it on this aspect. The base model will set you back $479 while the high-end variant will set you back an equally impressive price of just $539.

Even if it were to be a little slower in performance compared to the Galaxy S8, HTC U11 or Xperia XZ Premium, the price justifies this shortcoming. But honestly, it won’t disappoint.

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