But yet despite that, OnePlus was found to have been “cheating” the benchmarks by making the phone run at its max potential for extended periods of time, making it seem that it is more powerful than it really is. There have been some criticisms following that, but the company’s CEO Pete Lau has since stepped forward to address some of them.
Speaking to The Indian Express regarding the benchmark controversy, Lau was quoted as saying, “If there is heating the performance of the CPU will not reach the maximum. We only try to tap the full potential of the CPU. We don’t even know how to overclock.” This is in line with OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei’s statement in which he stated that the reason for the benchmark scores was because the company was just trying to show the device’s full potential, as opposed to misleading customers.
However like we said, benchmarks are just one indicator of how good/bad a phone is, and there are many, many factors that need to be considered as well. At the end of the day using the phone for yourself is probably the best way to gauge if it is the right fit for you, but hopefully the statements from the execs of the company will clear things up.