One of the most popular benchmarking apps, AnTuTu has removed Realme GT from its platform for allegedly manipulating benchmark scores. The Chinese software company claims that the performance results of the recently released Realme GT in the multi-threaded workload and JPG decoding sections were tampered with.
Realme has issued a statement on the matter. “Realme GT is equipped with the latest Snapdragon 888 5G platform, which provides users with high performance. The Realme GT benchmark scores are all accurate data based on current versions of the Antutu benchmark. Realme has always been committed to providing users with excellent performance, real user experience is the top priority for Realme. On the other hand, regarding the test problems that both parties doubt, we are in contact with Antutu to solve them in a positive way, ”the statement said.
Launched with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, Realme claimed that its flagship device has recorded a score of over 750,000 in the AnTuTu 8 version. The Realme GT score was considerably higher than the 7.08,000 score recorded by the flagship Mi 11 from Xiaomi, which was launched in December. 2020 with the same processor.
The AnTuTu team purchased the main variant of the Realme GT to verify whether the benchmark claims made by the company’s vice president, Xu Qi Chase, were correct. The retail unit scored higher than 7.50,000, but the AnTuTu team was not convinced. Digging into the process, two issues were found with the way the phone runs the benchmarks.
In the multi-core test, the Realme scheduler delays the threads that needed to run on small CPU cores to run on large cores. The second problem was observed when running the UX test where JPG decompression is done. It was noted that the phone skipped a considerable amount of processing, leading to a pixelated image with gaps.
AnTuTu has removed Realme GT for three months. The company has also given the smartphone maker an ultimatum to make the necessary changes to its software, otherwise the phone will be permanently removed from the platform.
Meanwhile, AnTuTu has revealed that it is working on version 9 of the reference software. It will have additional measures against cheating. If a phone is found trying to get a high score, the platform will identify it and deduct points from the final score. In addition, it will charge the smartphone company other penalties.
Realme GT launched in China earlier this year at a starting price of CNY 2,799 (over Rs 31,000). Nothing is known yet about the launch of Realme’s flagship phone in India.