What is it with Chinese phonemakers and manipulating benchmark scores?

After Huawei was caught trying to “boost” scores on a handful of premium devices, now Oppo has been found guilty of doing the same thing, this time by UL Benchmarks.

This comes after Tech2 discovered some peculiar scores for two Oppo devices in particular – the Find X and F7. From there UL Benchmarks decided to some more testing of its own, and found some irregularities too.

This resulted in both devices being delisted from the 3DMark charts.

“After reviewing Tech2’s benchmark results, and conducting testing in our own lab, we have decided to delist the affected models and remove them from our performance rankings,” read a UL Benchmarks post.

“The Oppo Find X was ranked #4 in our list of the Best Smartphones for 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme performance. It now appears unranked, and without a score, at the bottom of our rankings. 3DMark scores from delisted devices should not be used to compare models,” the post added.

In response Oppo noted that it designed its devices to up the performance level whenever a benchmark test was detected, which is a similar defence employed by Huawei when it was caught.

UL Benchmarks isn’t buying the excuse though, stating that the discrepancy in scores between the publicly available and private versions of 3DMark (up to 41 percent) indicate that the devices were specifically looking for the benchmark by name.

Oppo has not confirmed when it will make changes to its software in order to address this issue, but did say that it plans to upgrade its system.

This isn’t the first time that a smartphone maker has been caught red handed, with HTC and Samsung having done so in the past, and it won’t be the last.