Originally Posted by steelbom
It's problematic though, because it gives an advantage to smartphones that do this. Which naturally means all other smartphones manufacturers will try and do this so as to not appear less powerful, which essentially means doing it in the first place will be completely pointless.
And as Anandtech summed up in his article on it, as the popular benchmarks change every year or two and devices are "optimised" for different benchmarks, it'll become nightmarish to compare a bunch of different smartphones because they'll all be optimised for different tests and the results will be... unpleasant to sort through.
An advantage in what way though ? Sales ? I don't think so, If more than 1 in 10.000 people actually doesn't buy a phone because it does better in benchmark X due to cheating. I'd be really surprised.
No-one outside of my tech-savy circle of 5 friends even knows there's a small cpu in a smartphone that can be used to "benchmark aka what the hell is that" it against other phones.
I don't approve of this practice, and I agree that bench-marking phones would become useless if it's a widespread phenomenon but I am saying, the impact is so small, I don't think it'll have any effect apart from some 0.0001% of sales.
If you didn't mean sales, then disregard my entire response