This is the result of a lawsuit lasting for 5 years.
If you’ve ever bought the Galaxy S4 in 2013, this information will probably make you happy: Samsung recently agreed to refund each person who buys the device for $ 10. This is the result of a lawsuit that lasted for 5 years, after Samsung was found to have committed some fraud on the Galaxy S4.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Specifically, not long after the Galaxy S4 was launched, people had to find the code in the software of this device to detect whether benchmark software such as Geekbench, Quadrant, Antutu … was running or is not. If so, the Galaxy S4 software will increase the CPU and GPU clock to help the device achieve higher benchmark results.
The code in Galaxy S4 software was discovered to cheat the benchmark
A person named Daniel Norcia filed a lawsuit against Samsung in California state court in 2014, claiming that the company deceived consumers about the speed on their Galaxy S4 phones.
The Galaxy S4 CPU runs at a higher clock speed than the benchmark software
“The fact that Samsung boosts device performance using benchmarking software will lead reviewers and the public to believe that the Galaxy S4 will be as fast as it is when using real-life applications. The Galaxy S4 will run at lower speeds and performance levels will not be the same as when they ran the benchmarking software. “ – a complaint by Daniel Norcia.
Samsung later denied the allegation and said it “has no legal obligation to tell users about lines of code that affect benchmark results”.
Although Samsung has maintained its position for the past five years, the company and plaintiff Daniel Norcia have recently decided to mediate, and Daniel will receive a compensation of $ 7500. Daniel’s lawyer said one of the reasons that the two sides reconcile is because Samsung has been too persistent and rigid to pursue this lawsuit. Perhaps a small force like Daniel and his lawyer could not extend it any longer.
However, the $ 7500 figure for Daniel Norcia is only a small part of the $ 13.4 million that Samsung will have to spend to resolve the lawsuit. Samsung will have to refund $ 10 to people who bought the Galaxy S4 for “misleading benchmark software users, thus affecting the buying decisions of others.” So, if you ever bought a Galaxy S4 in April 2013 to July 2013 and are a resident of California (USA), you will be on Samsung’s refund list in the near future.