Xiaomi Mi 11 caught in similar Geekbench performance trickery to the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Tab S8
It appears Xiaomi may have implemented a similar benchmark optimization tool in its OS to the one that recently caused a controversy for Samsung. The latter’s use of GOS software eventually resulted in the Samsung Galaxy S22, S21, S20, and S10 smartphones all being removed from Geekbench’s performance charts. More recently, the same thing happened to the South Korean company’s Tab S8 tablets, with testing by Android Police revealing that devices such as the Tab S8+ and Tab S8 Ultra scored lower on Geekbench when fooled into thinking that the benchmark was actually Genshin Impact.
The discovery in regard to the Xiaomi Mi 11 was made by none other than Geekbench co-founder and developer John Poole, who took to Twitter to share his findings. Two identical models were compared and Poole realized that the Mi 11 that was tricked into thinking it was running Fortnite produced considerably lower single-core and multi-core scores than usual. His results saw a -29.94% reduction in single-core performance (1,129 points vs. 791 points) and -15.86% in multi (3,714 points vs. 3,125 points).
Relying on Geekbench’s Mi 11 entry in the average performance chart for comparison would leave the throttled Xiaomi smartphone producing a still troubling -20.58% deficiency in single-core performance. However, the multi-core result is less disconcerting, with the “Fortnite-fooled” Mi 11 producing 3,125 points compared to the average of 3,176 points (-1.61%), which is within an acceptable margin of error. But it seems clear that throttling is occurring in the Xiaomi Mi 11 where single-core performance is concerned.
Looks like Xiaomi is also making performance decisions based on application identifiers.— John Poole (@jfpoole) March 27, 2022