With the latest update to its 3DMark mobile benchmark, Futuremark has made a number of important updates, but one stands out of the crowd: “Devices with suspicious benchmark scores have been delisted from the Device Channel.” Vendors pulling off certain tricks to score higher in Futuremark’s benchmarks is nothing new; we’ve seen it on the desktop before from select GPU vendors. On the mobile front though, this is a first.
When checking out the official mobile rankings page, scrolling all the way to the bottom will reveal delisted models – models suspected of cheating. At the moment, these include HTC’s One and One Mini, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 and Note III.
We’ll have to wait and see if either HTC or Samsung will comment on this suspected cheating.
Apart from the delisting of select models, the latest version of 3DMark for mobile adds some nice updates to the device channel (Windows 8 tablet support has been added, and devices are now color-coded). Further, NVIDIA’s Tegra and Samsung’s Galaxy S3 have also had their support bolstered.
As always, you can get links to the official 3DMark for mobile download on the official 3DMark site.