If there is one way that new smartphones or tablets are leaked, it is through the use of benchmarks. Benchmarking software/apps are commonly used to determine how powerful a device is and also how it compares to the rest of the competition and to see where it is performing and where it isn’t. Unfortunately some of these benchmarks used are public websites, meaning that those who are constantly combing for information will stumble across new and unannounced devices. We’re sure these “leaks” weren’t done on purpose, but it looks like Sony might have had enough.
According to a screenshot obtained by Xperia Blog, it looks like Sony has come up with a novel solution to deal with such leaks. As you can see in the screenshot above, it seems as though an installation of a benchmark app, such as AnTuTu, will cause the message above to appear, informing whoever is in possession of the device to uninstall the app immediately. We can’t tell if the image above is a legitimate one, but at the same time we can’t say we’re too surprised to learn that companies such as Sony are constantly taking active measures to prevent leaks.
While this might not necessarily prevent hardware leaks from appearing on websites, at the very least early prototypes and unannounced devices will continue to remain under wraps. After all, not every prototype makes it into the market and we’re sure Sony does not need the entire world to know what they may or may not be working on.