Oppo caught cheating on benchmark test; showed misleading performance

Oppo caught cheating on benchmark test; showed misleading performance

UL Benchmarks accuses Oppo of cheating on benchmark scores

UL Benchmarks, the company behind popular testing software 3DMark, has found Oppo guilty of cheating on benchmark scores. UL Benchmarks found that Oppo, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, cheated during benchmarking to produce “artificially high and misleading” benchmark scores. As a result, it has delisted the Oppo Find X and F7 and also their initial scores from the scoreboard.

“After Huawei was caught unfairly boosting benchmark scores last month, we were contacted by reviewers from Tech2 who had similar concerns about Oppo smartphones. Extensive testing by Tech2 found that the flagship Oppo Find X smartphone produced artificially high and misleading benchmark scores,” UL said in a blog post.

UL DELISTS OPPO PHONES WITH SUSPECT BENCHMARK SCORES
Credits- UL Benchmark

While benchmarks are the last thing we look at when we review a smartphone, it does help us better understand the limitations of a smartphone or device. 3DMark is a piece of software that benchmarks all major devices.

“UL has clear rules for manufacturers that govern how a platform can interact with its benchmarking software. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that users get benchmark results that accurately reflect the true performance of the device for apps and games. 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,” the post added.

According to the benchmarking firm, the Oppo Find X and F7 were found to have scores that were up to 41% higher than the scores from the private app when using the public version of the 3DMark application, even though the tests were identical. It appears that Oppo’s software was not able to recognize the package name of the private 3DMark application.

When Oppo was contacted in response to these findings, it replied that, “When we detect that the user is running applications like games or 3D Benchmarks that require high performance, we allow the SoC to run at full speed for the smoothest experience. For unknown applications, the system will adopt the default power optimization strategy…After the user has not actively operated for 5 to 10 seconds, the device limits the system performance to 70% to 80% of the maximum performance (according to different platforms)…When there is a user operation, it will immediately cancel the performance limit, to ensure that the user experience is not affected.”

Despite the explanation provided by Oppo, it still remains against 3DMark’s rules. As a result, the Oppo Find X and F7 will continue to remain delisted, until Oppo removes this cheating software.

This is not the first time we have heard about smartphone manufacturers cheating on benchmark scores. Companies like HTC, Huawei, Samsung, and other familiar names have done so in the past. Recently, Huawei’s P20, P20 Pro, Nova 3, and Honor Play were removed from 3DMark listings, as the company had coded these devices to detect the testing software and boost performance to hit higher scores.

LG unveils its new AI-powered wearable robot

LG unveils its new AI-powered wearable robot

CLOi SuitBot: This wearable robot from LG will give you additional strength

LG Electronics (LG) is showcasing a wearable robot called the ‘CLOi SuitBot at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany. This is company’s first human-centric robot designed for Industry and Healthcare.

CLOi SuitBot is different from LG’s previously announced robots that navigate airport lounges and hotel hallways by themselves. It instead supports and enhances a user’s legs to allow for more mobility and lower limb strength.

Last year, LG invested in a startup called SG Robotics that develops robots to overcome the limitations of the human body in everyday life. Developed in collaboration with the startup, the LG CLOi SuitBot is a comfortable fit and has rotating joints that allow the wearable robot to move in a more relaxed and natural way to enhance the lower body while walking, standing or working.

Its sandal-type shoes and automatic adjustment feature allow the wearer to easily get in and out of the robot. This feature differentiates the LG CLOi SuitBot from many other exoskeletons that basically perform the same function.

LG unveils its new AI-powered wearable robot

The CLOi SuitBot can connect to other LG service robots to form a smart working network that can deliver information and tools required at work sites such as manufacturing, logistics, and distribution. Also, AI technology allows LG CLOi SuitBot to learn and evolve through the recognition and analysis of biometric and environment data, measuring and analyzing movements to suggest optimal movements and stances for maximum power efficiency.

“LG CLOi SuitBot is evidence of our full commitment to expanding our portfolio of service robots that deliver tangible convenience and innovation in our lives,” said Song Dae-hyun, president of LG’s Home Appliance & Air Solution Company. “It’s just one example of a wide range of revolutionary AI products designed to interact with users to dramatically elevate user convenience and create new opportunities to advance our robotics initiative into a next-gen growth engine.”

LG is showcasing the CLOi SuitBot at IFA 2018 in Berlin until September 5th. Visitors can check it out at the company’s booth in Hall 18.

Source: LG

Tesla launches a wireless smartphone charger for $65

Tesla launches a wireless smartphone charger for $65

Tesla unveils a $65 wireless smartphone charger, then pulls it from the site

Tesla, the electric-automobile maker, on Tuesday launched a wireless smartphone charger on its website for $65. Called as “Tesla Wireless Charger”, this portable, wireless smartphone charger is the new addition to its latest ‘lifestyle product’ collection.

Tesla says the $65 Qi-certified wireless charger has “the same design language” used in Tesla energy products like Powerwall. The portable charger comes with a 6,000mAh battery, which means you can use it as a power bank while on the go. It supports 5W wireless charging and 7.5W wired charging. It also offers 21 hours of additional talk time or 18 hours additional web browsing.

 

According to Tesla’s description of the device, “The Tesla Wireless Charger is a 6000mAh (22.2Wh) battery-powered inductive charging pad that features the same design language used in our energy products, like Powerwall. In addition to wirelessly charging your device, you can also power up your phone with the integrated USB-C cable. For non USB-C devices, use the USB-A port to plug in any USB-A charging cable. The built-in USB-A cable can be used to charge your Wireless Charger from any USB port.”

However, the Tesla Wireless Charger just a day after its debut has gone offline and is now no longer available for order. It is unclear at this point why the device was taken down and whether it would resurface again.

Given the specifications, the Tesla Wireless Charger is definitely a premium buy for $65, as the company is charging for the brand and design of the accessory. On the other hand, there are a lot of other wireless chargers available in the market that not only costs less, but also pack more battery capacity and have faster charging capabilities.

Do let us know if you would buy the Tesla Wireless Charger if it returns online in the comments section below.

Bose Launches Home Speaker 500 With Alexa Onboard

Bose Launches Home Speaker 500 With Alexa Onboard

Bose introduces Alexa-powered Home Speaker 500

Bose, a U.S. company that designs, develops and sells premium audio equipment, announced the new wireless smart speaker “Home Speaker 500” with Alexa onboard on Wednesday. With the announcement of Home Speaker 500, Bose is looking to make a full-scale entry into the smart speaker market and take on Apple’s HomePod.

“Voice-controlled speakers aren’t new, and there are plenty of great options to choose from. But we had a different vision for ours, inspired by what we could uniquely do to make the experience better,” said Doug Cunningham, category manager in the Bose Consumer Electronics Division. “All of our new smart speakers double up on functionality. It takes just one Home Speaker 500 to deliver true stereo separation — there’s no need to pair two.”

The premium Home Speaker 500 is well-designed and wrapped in a high-end anodized aluminum casing that provides an excellent cabinet for the speakers. The compact device is 8 inches high, 6 inches wide and 4 inches deep.

According to the company, the Bose Home Speaker 500 has the “widest soundstage of any smart speaker available today”. Thanks to the two custom drivers inside the speaker that are pointed in opposite directions so that the sound reflects off the walls nearby, separating instruments to the far left and right, and placing vocals where the artist did. It also has buttons for basic functionality located right on top for controlling playback.

The Home Speaker 500 ships with Alexa onboard, which means you have access to things like weather reports and news headlines, too. Bose says that this is just the beginning with “other voice assistants to follow,” which means one can probably expect Google Assistant to arrive in a few months. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming. Bose is expected to add Apple AirPlay 2 functionality early next year.

Given that it is a voice-controlled speaker, there’s a custom-designed eight-microphone array that supports far-field voice recognition. This means that the speaker will be able to listen to the user’s voice accurately even in situations where they are across the room or the background noise is relatively large.

The Home Speaker 500 also has a small display on the front which will show the album art of the current playing track. Since it is not a touchscreen display, it won’t show any other content.

The Home Speaker 500 will retail for $399.95 and will be available for purchase in October. The product will be available for sale at Bose retail stores, Bose.com, and from authorized Bose dealers.