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Samsung strongly denies cheating Galaxy Note 3 benchmarks

Samsung has moved to deny it fixed benchmark tests designed to showcase the capabilities of its new Galaxy Note 3 device.

The South Korean company denied that it exaggerated the performance of its newest device when reporting results of common benchmarking tests.

"The Galaxy Note 3 maximises its CPU/GPU frequencies when running features that demand substantial performance," Samsung told CNET when asked to explain the figures. “This was not an attempt to exaggerate particular benchmarking results. We remain committed to providing our customers with the best possible user experience.”

Samsung’s response came after Arstechnica published an article earlier this week in which it claimed the CPU and GPU performance of the US version of the Galaxy Note 3, which has a Snapdragon 800 processor, had been exaggerated by up to 20 per cent. The article added that the benchmarking might not have been necessary as after extensive tests the publication realised the Galaxy Note 3 came out on top without the boost.

It isn’t the first time that Samsung has been accused of fixing the results of benchmark tests in order to boost the reputation of its latest smartphone.

Earlier this year when the Galaxy S4 was released AnandTech, a technology site, exposed a benchmark booster tool embedded within the phone that was designed to boost performance when a benchmarking app was opened.

It worked by making the processor soar to maximum capacity when any of the apps was opened and resulted in high scores for both CPU and GPU performance on the international version of the Galaxy S4, which is equipped with Samsung’s Exynos 5410 Octa processor.

Back then Samsung also hit back at the allegations being levelled at them whilst at the same time didn’t completely deny they had been fixing the results of certain apps. The difference in the Galaxy Note 3 case is the wording of the denial that leaves no illusions as to Samsung’s stance.