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Are Samsung’s Note 3 benchmarks faked?

Benchmarking is supposed to be the unbiased method for finding strengths and weaknesses in gadgets, particularly with mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Samsung is being accused of playing with the numbers to make their new Note 3 seem better than it really is.

We noticed an odd thing while testing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3: it scores really, really well in benchmark tests—puzzlingly well, in fact. A quick comparison of its scores to the similarly specced LG G2 makes it clear that something fishy is going on, because Samsung’s 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 blows the doors off LG’s 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800. What makes one Snapdragon so different from the other?

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