A real Geekbench test of a fake POCO F1 Lite fooled dozens of blogs

Leaks of new hardware and software are a staple of online technology publications, which includes XDA-Developers. Every leak should be treated with some skepticism, but leaks originating from benchmarking services even more so. There’s no way to tell if the device details listed in a benchmark are real, so it’s best to ignore benchmark leaks when there’s no corroborating evidence. Unfortunately, there are dozens of popular online publications that still publish articles based on benchmark results, whether it be to drive clicks or because they actually believe the result is really from an unreleased device. The latest benchmark leaks to fool dozens of online tech publications are two Geekbench listings that show off a “POCO F1 Lite” allegedly code-named “uranus.”

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I’m not going to bother talking about the specifications of this “POCO F1 Lite” or whether it makes sense for POCO to launch a mid-range product, because I actually don’t know if POCO is preparing to launch a mid-range device. They very well might be, and we all know that Xiaomi loves releasing new devices at multiple price points. What I do know is that these Geekbench listings (the device details, not the scores) and the “uranus” code-name were fabricated. I’m in a few Telegram groups full of meme-loving custom ROM developers, and on March 13th one of them had the bright idea to “wreck the memebois with [a] Xiaomi uranus benchmark.” They wanted to see how easily they could fool people into believing a Xiaomi device code-named “uranus” was in the works, and that it would be the Xiaomi POCO F1 Lite. All they had to do was modify a few system build properties and run Geekbench. The Geekbench score itself is legitimate, but the device the benchmark was run on was most certainly not a “POCO F1 Lite.”

The problem of faked system properties showing up in benchmark results has long been known. This AndroidPit article from late 2016 talks about how easy it is, and you’ll often see more skeptical users call out obviously fake benchmarks. Yes, obviously that’s not a real POCO F2 result. That’s actually my rooted Google Pixel 2 XL running the Android Q beta. But even skeptical users can still fall for these fake device listings, as evidenced by the fact that the user who called out my fake POCO F2 benchmark is the same SlashLeaks contributor who submitted the fake POCO F1 Lite benchmark.

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