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Geekbench bans Galaxy Tab S8 series listing due to throttling

15 March 2022 1

Samsung has found itself in the center of a new controversy where it was found throttling the performance of many apps and games on its Galaxy S-series devices. This led to Geekbench banning those devices from its official website and now, it has announced a ban on the Galaxy Tab S8 series as well.

The flagship-series tablet was launched fairly recently but was found to be guilty of app performance by Android Police. It performed tests on the Galaxy Tab S8+ and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra. It simply used the Geekbench app to run the benchmark test and then used a tweaked version of Geekbench with the package name of the Genshin Impact game. In other words, the folks tricked the tablets into believing that it was a game instead of the benchmarking app.

The team discovered the single-core scores for the spoofed version fell by up to 18 to 24% as compared to the genuine one. The decline for multi-core tests was found to be between 6% to 11%. It shows that Samsung tends to throttle the device's performance for games as compared to other apps. It further did similar tests on older generation tablets but found them to be unaffected with the issue.

Samsung devices come pre-installed with an app called Game Optimization Services (GOS). It was found to be the culprit for differences in app performances. As per the testing, it does not affect all types of apps and even the ones that get affected, the actual difference varies.

This is something Geekbench was quick to take note of. It announced the decision to delist the Galaxy Tab S8 series from its benchmark chart of devices. Samsung did announce that it will release an update containing a fix for the issue for the Galaxy S22 lineup of flagships. However, it is yet to comment on the tablet ban situation.


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