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- The co-founder of the popular GeekBench app claims that Xiaomi is throttling performance.
- Xiaomi seems to be throttling benchmark apps in the guise of games but otherwise they are running at full speed.
- The company has since confirmed that it applies “temperature control techniques” to its phones.
Updated: April 1, 2022 (5:56 AM ET): Xiaomi came back to us when we asked the company to comment on the claim that its devices throttle games but not the benchmark app. The company originally confirmed that it reduces performance but explained that it still offers different performance modes.
You can see the sent statement Android authority Below:
Xiaomi applies temperature control techniques to ensure the best product experience, especially with commonly used applications for extended periods of time. On many of our devices, we offer three performance modes, which enable users to balance performance and power efficiency. At a system level, all optimizations related to application performance weigh a lot of essential factors, such as power consumption, performance, and thermal effects.
We asked the company why benchmark apps weren’t subject to the same “temperature control strategies” as the games and will update the article if / when it comes back to us.
Main article: March 28, 2022 (6:31 AM ET): Samsung recently reported that the company is forcibly throttling various games but is not lowering the benchmark apps. It came a year after OnePlus was seen doing something similar, and now it looks like Xiaomi could join the party.
Geekbench co-founder John Poole Claimed On Twitter, Xiaomi is throttling performance based on the name of the app. More specifically, he found that the Geekbench benchmarking app disguised as a popular Fortnite game resulted in a huge 30% drop in single-core performance scores. Meanwhile, the multi-core score has apparently dropped by 15%.
Poole added that he saw similarly disruptive behavior when the GeekBench app was disguised as Jenshin Impact. All of this suggests that Xiaomi is throttling games (it remains to be seen if other apps are affected) perhaps in the name of heating concerns and to improve battery life.
Smartphone brands aren’t uncommon for throttling apps for this reason, but the lack of transparency here is again frustrating. The benchmarks that Xiaomi doesn’t appear to throttle also make a bad impression, as these benchmark results will not reflect the real-world experience.
This isn’t the first time that app-based throttling claims have been leveled against Xiaomi, because Anandtech Last year Xiaomi tested the 11T Pro and reported similar behavior. But the pool test comes in the wake of a re-examination of the practice when industry juggernaut Samsung faced criticism for the same problem. Samsung has finally announced an update for the Galaxy S22 series to give its game launcher performance priority mode.
We have asked Xiaomi to confirm its throttling practices and comment on its apparent decision to allow benchmark apps to run uninterrupted. We will update the article if / when the company returns to us.