AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 3-Screen

There's been a lot of talk about benchmarks and new strategies used by various phone vendors, including HTC, Samsung, LG and others, that help their smartphones achieve inflated scores.. The trend was first spotted by Anandtech, which noticed that the phone makers seem to be tweaking their phones to recognize when a benchmark is being executed. If a benchmark is running, the phone might force the CPU to adjust its clockspeed accordingly, which results in a higher score. Samsung says it's not cheating, and that it's actually the phone just performing at its full potential.

"The Galaxy Note 3 maximizes its CPU/GPU frequencies when running features that demand substantial performance," the company explained in a statement to CNET UK, following reports that several of its handsets are employing the benchmark-boosting techniques. "This was not an attempt to exaggerate particular benchmarking results. We remain committed to providing our customers with the best possible user experience."

Anandtech's investigation seems to prove otherwise, however, and the site says that Motorola and Apple are two of the only phone makers that don't seem to be working to inflate benchmark scores. The issue is that some consumers might see one phone outperform another, and make a purchasing decision based on a stat that could be artificially inflated, even though the two devices might offer the same exact hardware specs.