Serious allegations against Xiaomi: inconsistencies discovered in Android phones

Serious allegations against Xiaomi: inconsistencies discovered in Android phones

No smartphone manufacturer seems safe anymore. After Samsung was blown, Xiaomi is now following suit. The Chinese company is said to use software on its smartphones that throttles the performance of certain apps, while full performance is available in the benchmark. That has consequences.

Xiaomi throttles certain Android apps

One might get the impression that smartphone makers aren't learning from the mistakes of other companies. As early as 2021, OnePlus was convicted of throttling certain Android apps. Samsung got caught just a few weeks ago, so that an investigation was even launched against the company in its home country. Now it hits Xiaomi - with exactly the same story. The colleagues from Android Police examined the performance of the new Xiaomi 12 smartphones and found that certain Android apps are throttled there .

The Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi 12X were tested. This is interesting because the 12 Pro uses a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, while the 12X uses the older Snapdragon 888. Android Police found the 12 Pro throttled by up to 50 percent in single-core performance . With the 12X it's a little less. For this purpose, the Geekbench benchmark was disguised so that the smartphone does not recognize it as a benchmark where the full performance is available. In this obfuscated mode, performance was much worse. The power cap does not affect multi-core performance. This is where the throttle differs from that of Samsung.

The Xiaomi 12 Pro made a good first impression:

Geekbench kicks out Xiaomi smartphones

Just like with Samsung, Geekbench will draw conclusions from this. According to Android Police, Xiaomi smartphones should disappear from the leaderboards by the end of the week because they are misleading consumers. The full performance is available in the benchmark, while it cannot be accessed at all in normal use. They are still investigating which Xiaomi smartphones are affected and will remove them.

We asked Xiaomi for a statement and will publish the official statement here in the article.


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