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Realme GT Banned by AnTuTu Over Alleged Benchmark Cheating, Realme Gets Ultimatum to Fix Manipulation

AnTuTu has decided to ban Realme GT from its benchmarking platform for three months.

Realme GT Banned by AnTuTu Over Alleged Benchmark Cheating, Realme Gets Ultimatum to Fix Manipulation

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Realme GT was launched earlier this month as the company’s first phone with Snapdragon 888 SoC

Highlights
  • Realme GT was marketed with a score of over 750,000 on AnTuTu
  • AnTuTu claimed the phone was manipulating its benchmark tests
  • Realme GT allegedly used thread delay tactics for higher results

Realme GT has been removed from benchmarking platform AnTuTu for allegedly cheating its benchmark tests. The Beijing-based software company claimed that the latest Realme flagship manipulated the results of its performance in the multithreaded workload and JPG decoding sections of the AnTuTu app. The Realme GT was launched in China earlier this month and comes with a top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. Companies including Huawei and OnePlus have previously been caught manipulating benchmark scores to attract customers.

AnTuTu has posted a note on Weibo to inform users about the removal of the Realme GT from its benchmarking platform. The company said it decided to remove the benchmark scores of the Realme GT for three months for allegedly cheating and attempting to manipulate performance results.

The Realme GT was marketed with a score of over 750,000 on the AnTuTu version 8, much higher than 708,000 that Xiaomi Mi 11 scored with a Snapdragon 888.

AnTuTu said that the Realme GT delayed threads when running the multithreaded test on its benchmark app, in order to use the fastest CPU cores. Those tactics helped the phone receive higher benchmark scores, AnTuTu has alleged.

In addition to thread delaying practices, AnTuTu said that the Realme GT modified the reference JPG image used by the benchmarking platform to reduce processing times and achieve a higher score. The phone is said to have used mosaic colour blocks instead of processing the image verbatim genuinely, to reduce its quality and cut down processing efforts, the company said.

AnTuTu said that both delaying threads and modifying the reference image are against the purpose of giving fair benchmark results. As a result, AnTuTu decided to remove the phone from its listing. The company also said that after seeing the higher-than-usual benchmark scores, it did question Realme but received no response.

AnTuTu has given an ultimatum to Realme to provide clarity on benchmark cheating, and modify the system to avoid manipulating results. AnTuTu said that it would otherwise remove the Realme GT permanently from its listing.

AnTuTu also mentioned that it is currently working on further optimising the anti-cheating programme that would be available on the version 9 of the benchmark app. The new version would deduct points and levy other penalties if it finds any cheating issues.

Realme had not responded to Gadgets 360 for a comment at the time of filing this story.

[Update, Tuesday March 16, 7PM] Realme has sent the following statement reproduced in full:

Realme GT is equipped with the latest Snapdragon 888 5G platform, bringing users high performance. Benchmark scores of Realme GT are all accurate data under the current versions of the Antutu benchmark. Realme has always been committed to bringing users excellent performance, the actual user experience is the top priority for Realme. On the other hand, regarding the test issues doubted by both sides, we are in touch with Antutu to sort it out positively.

At the time of this update, AnTuTu has not issued any further update.

In the past, companies including HuaweiOnePlus, and Oppo were found cheating benchmark results. UL Benchmarks even pulled Realme sibling Oppo's Find X and Find F7 from its platform for “high and misleading” scores in 2018.


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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips. More
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