After the debacle with the Samsung Galaxy S4, it appears that HTC is boosting benchmark results with the new One M8 smartphone. See also: New HTC One (M8) 2014 review: The gorgeous new HTC One with improved camera, battery and SD card slot.
A high performance mode has become apparent since the HTC One M8 scored vastly different in two different AnTuTu benchmark test; The lower score being in the 'X' version which aims to combat 'cheating' techniques used by smartphone makers.
While Samsung was somewhat defensive about a similar situation with the Galaxy S4, HTC has come straight out and confirmed that the M8 maximises CPU and GPU performance for benchmark apps. Read: Samsung accused of benchmark cheating with Galaxy S4
"Thanks for your email about the HTC One (M8). Benchmarking tests look to determine maximum performance of the CPU and GPU and, similar to the engine in a high-performance sports car, our engineers optimize in certain scenarios to produce the best possible performance. If someone would like to get around this benchmarking optimization there are ways to do so, but we think most often this will not be the case." HTC told CNET.
Not only is the company happy to admit that the phone kicks into a high-performance mode to get the best results, it has also made it a mode available to users – although it's well hidden away in the settings menu in a developer mode which needs a specific sequence to unlock. Read: How to enable HTC One M8 developer options and High Performance Mode.
"For those with a need for speed, we've provided a simple way to unleash this power by introducing a new High Performance Mode in the developer settings that can be enabled and disabled manually. The HTC One (M8) is optimized to provide the best balance of performance and battery life, but we believe in offering customer choice, as there may be times when the desire for performance outweighs the need for battery longevity." it added.
At PC Advisor, we don't use AnTuTu as part of our benchmarking process and while we haven't seen anything out of the ordinary from our results, performance modes like this are precisely why we always focus on what things are like from a user perspective. After all, numbers are just numbers.
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