AnTuTu has received a brand new improved update, variant 7.2.6, and the changelog mentions a very key point. The new variant which was unveiled noted today, mentions that it will “fix the issue of an abnormal running score of UX caused by malicious exploitation of system permissions by some manufacturers”.
In the past number of years, it has become a trend for manufacturers to boasts about their smartphone’s AnTuTu scores, even at their release events. This is extremly true in cameraphone launches in China. This kind of is the importance that we give to this benchmarking tool.
And in the process, we have usually seen manufacturers tweak their smartphones to score better than others. OnePlus, Meizu, OPPO, Huawei have all been found cheating on AnTuTu in the past. This isn’t Quite surprising given that users usually presume a higher AnTuTu score is synonymous to a faster and additional powerful smartphone.
The usual method of cheating on AnTuTu has been to tweak the handsets to detect after the app is running and unleashing the full power of the Chip without any regard for efficiency, which it always would, under normal use case scenario.
AnTuTu 7.2.6 update doesn’t really explain how it would stop this sort of cheating from manufacturers, but if you were concerned that you could be fooled, at least have idea that AnTuTu is trying something from their end.
Personally, I believe we must always take AnTuTu scores for the sake of reference, rather of pitting two smartphones with minute differences against each other to hail one as the ultimate winner.