Samsung Is Intentionally Slowing Down 10,000+ Apps For Galaxy S22 Series Users?

According to Geekbench developer John Poole, even though the Samsung’s new Galaxy S22S22+, and S22 Ultra may pack some of the fastest hardware you can get right now but they might not be as smooth while running the gaming or other popular apps. He confirmed while testing it himself that the performance of Galaxy S22 series and earlier Samsung phones throttle severely while playing popular games such as Genshin Impact.

List of Over 10000 apps with Performance Tunings

Though we are unable to verify its authenticity — in our own software digging, the list of over 10,000 apps that have individual performance tunings has been making the rounds. The list seems to be remotely updateable and hard to track down. Both games and non-games like TikTok, Genshin Impact, Netflix are included in the same.

Balancing multiple parameters like temperature, expected battery level at different times, CPU speed, and predicted FPS benefits when determining what sorts of resources a given game gets is incredibly sophisticated and is not the usual throttling.

So the benchmark numbers you see reported here and elsewhere may not be accurate to all circumstances and the tuning varies from app to app and game to game.

Testing with modified versions of Geekbench meant to spoof the Genshin Impact package name (so the system sees the app as Genshin Impact and loads its performance profile), we can confirm that performance is significantly reduced on the Galaxy S22+, with a loss of around 45% in single-core performance and around 28% in multi-core performance. Checking CPU frequencies while tests are being run in both circumstances indicates reduced clock speeds.

While testing the GPU performance is a bit tricky, but Geekbench GPU compute performance fell dramatically by 54-58% in our testing between the standard and Genshin-spoofing Geekbench apps.


Those numbers won’t be included for all models in our table below, as supported methods for the benchmark vary from device to device.

  Standard Geekbench Genshin Spoofing
Galaxy S22+ 1177/2936 635/2111
Galaxy Fold3 992/3487 711/2664
Google Pixel 6 Pro 1048/2893 1050/2850

We discovered a drop of 28% in single-core performance and a 23% drop in multi-core performance for Galaxy Z Fold3(an $1,800 flagship phone).

An Exynos version of the Galaxy S10 and a Snapdragon Galaxy S22 were tested by John Poole of Geekbench said reports indicating that a wide variety of Samsung devices are affected.

The lost performance could not be restored by adjusting game booster profile settings. Changing the Battery section of settings had no effect on the additional performance profile settings.

Within a very small margin of error across both the standard Geekbench app and a version that used the Genshin Impact package name, the Geekbench scores of Pixel 6 Pro remained identical.

One comment is making the rounds on Twitter in Korean, claiming that the company may yet change how its game optimizing features work with a more truly performance-prioritizing mode.

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