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HTC justifies inflating HTC One M8 benchmark results with 'High Performance Mode'

Grants users access to the mode via developer settings
Mon Mar 31 2014, 12:21

SMARTPHONE MAKER HTC has defended inflating smartphone benchmarking results for the HTC One M8 handset, claiming that the scores it received on benchmarks such as Antutu were achieved under a "High Performance Mode" that prioritises performance over battery life.

Suspicions surfaced when the phone performed much differently depending on the benchmarking test used. Users soon accused HTC of releasing false benchmarking results that it pitted against rivals, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, and won.

HTC One M8 with Android 4.4 Kitkat in silver

In light of the accusations, HTC has since admitted that it optimises the performance of its smartphones when they detect the presence of benchmarking software.

"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 optimise in certain scenarios to produce the best possible performance," the firm told various media outlets in a statement.

"If someone would like to get around this benchmarking optimisation there are ways to do so, but we think most often this will not be the case."

The firm has justified the boost in test results by granting users access to this higher performing mode, which offers better CPU and GPU performance over battery life, accessed via the developer settings. It can be enabled and disabled manually, HTC said.

"The HTC One (M8) is optimised 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."

We are waiting for HTC to respond to our request to confirm this.

HTC unveiled the HTC One M8 smartphone on Tuesday, and said that the device will go on sale in the UK immediately.

As expected, the HTC One M8 improves on the original HTC One with a larger 5in full HD 1080p 441ppi touchscreen, which comes powered by an upgraded quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, the same chip found in both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2. µ


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