Samsung cheating on benchmarks has been a very popular subject this week. But why? It's not like they overclocked the Snapdragon 800 to 3.0GHz when these benchmarking apps are being run. They just simple ramp up the processor to the full advertised capacity. I know it seems wrong, but as we've seen time and time again, benchmarks do not equal real-world results. The Galaxy Note 3 is probably the best phone Samsung's ever made, at least that's what I'm hearing. Although I can't confirm it since I haven't gotten my hands on one yet. The interesting thing with the Note 3 is that even without ramping up the processor higher, the Note 3 still blows away the competition in the benchmarks.
Today, Samsung spoke with CNET UK about the whole Benchmark-gate and said "The Galaxy Note 3 maximizes its CPU/GPU frequencies when running features that demand substantial performance." The spokesperson went on to say "This was not an attempt to exaggerate particular benchmarking results. We remain committed to providing our customers with the best possible user experience."
This was basically, Samsung saying that sites like Ars Technica and Anandtech, which are very well-respected technology sites, are lying. Perhaps Samsung has a different definition for "lying". Personally I don't see the huge deal here. As I said earlier, benchmarks do not translate to real-world usage. If that were the case, then the Moto X which scored 22k on AnTuTu would be lagging pretty bad compared to the G2 and Note 3 at over 30k. Benchmarks are fun to check, but do we really care? It's probably best that we don't.
We don't know if Samsung, or Ars is correct, and honestly we may never know. However at this point, I'd say that it really doesn't matter. We have a bunch of great flagships out there to choose from. Including the HTC One, Galaxy S4, LG G2, Galaxy Note 3 and the Moto X. The beauty of Android is choice, and that's exactly what we have right now.