Is OnePlus Planning to Fake OnePlus 5 Camera Rating with this DxOMark Partnership?

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DxOMark has just landed a bumper deal that will see their experts team up with Chinese OEM OnePlus in a bid to get the upcoming OnePlus 5 the highest rating possible in the flagship camera battles.

DxOMark is an industry expert when it comes to the smartphone camera world. The company has been scrutinizing the performance of almost every top smartphone in the market in a bid to rate them depending on how good their cameras are. In a bid to get the right balance or maybe advice from the experts themselves, OnePlus will be working with DxOMark as far as the upcoming OnePlus 5 is concerned.

Last year, DxOMark gave the Google Pixel the best rating in the smartphone industry – 89. However, this score has just been eclipsed by the new HTC U11, which racked an impressive score of 90, the highest ever by a smartphone. The new Samsung Galaxy S8 is still at the same position as its predecessor the Galaxy S7 Edge, but OnePlus wants probably wants to eclipse all of these with the new OnePlus 5.

The image quality experts did not give the OnePlus 3 and 3T a rating, but with the new deal, it seems the OnePlus 5 flagship killer could indeed be a monster of a camera phone. One thing that should be of huge concern, though, is that we might end up with an overrated smartphone camera or rather, baked scores.

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Once before, OnePlus was discovered to be faking benchmarks for the OnePlus 3T. This is a behavior that had been first identified in 2013, with the likes of Samsung, LG and HTC found to be investing money in a bid to tweak the performance of their devices in benchmarks compared to what they actually managed in real life. With DxOMark at the heart of the OnePlus 5 camera, we could encounter a similar scenario where the rating could be biased.

OnePlus 5 is expected to be here this summer, but the exact release date is not yet known. From the leaks so far, the phone will come with a dual-lens camera on the back, a Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB RAM, a Full HD resolution display and Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.

Do you think this is another ploy by OnePlus to fool potential OnePlus 5 buyers with an extraordinarily high rating on DxOMark? Let us know in your comments below.