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HTC admits its High Performance Mode pumped up benchmark scores for the HTC One (M8)

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HTC admits its High Performance Mode pumped up benchmark scores for the HTC One (M8)
Last year, Samsung was accused of putting technology into its high-end Android phones that could determine when a benchmark test was being run, and boost the frequencies of the CPU on the device. Samsung did admit that "the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 maximizes its CPU/GPU frequencies when running features that demand substantial performance."

Now, it is HTC's turn to be accused of pumping up benchmark results. And the phone it is accused of cheating with is none other than the HTC One (M8). It seems that AnTuTu has added a new version of its popular benchmarking site called AnTuTu X, which is supposed to eliminate some of the cheating that has apparently has been going on. AnTuTu X is supposed to show a more authentic and realistic benchmark score.

When the HTC One (M8) was run through the AnTuTu 4 benchmark test, the phone scored a whopping 38,815. That topped the 34,898 scored by the Samsung Galaxy S5. The Sony Xperia Z2 scored an impressive 32,768 and the LG G Pro 2 produced a score of 30,068. 

"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

But when the HTC One (M8) was put through the cheat-proof AnTuTu X, the results were much different. The Samsung Galaxy S5 was on top with a score of  35,357. The Sony Xperia Z2 finished second with a benchmark score of 32,508 while the LG G Pro 2 was next with a score of 29,787. The HTC One (M8)? HTC's new flagship had a score of 27,171.

Like Samsung, HTC admitted in an email response that it had designed the phone to "optimize in certain scenarios to produce the best possible performance." HTC actually has a name for this so-called feature, the High Performance Mode, which can be enabled or disabled in developer settings. The feature is not yet in HTC's U.S. models, but will soon be added via a software update.

Time eventually healed the wound created by Samsung's optimization of benchmark tests. Will HTC's actions also be forgotten after a few months?

HTC admitted to optimizing the CPU on the HTC One (M8) with its High Performance Mode

HTC admitted to optimizing the CPU on the HTC One (M8) with its High Performance Mode


source: ePrice (translated), CNET via GSMArena

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posted on 28 Mar 2014, 19:55 14

1. Calm_down_mon (Posts: 43; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


The old Samsung story >.> who the hell cares about these f-ing benchmark scores

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 20:16 3

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 4565; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Apparently these benchmark tests are everything to some users on PA and many other sites...probably affects sales somewhat.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 20:38 9

11. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Always t's pretty sad. The benchmark score is so irrelevant. Honestly, the general consumers don't even know what benchmark test even is but they made out of the majority of market. I just got the HTC one today and I def love it. It's very smooth and my style of OS. I'm still not very impressed with the camera but I knew what I was getting. However, I just love the build quality. If you judge phones by the way they feel in your hand, HTC one will always come out on top. However I have not held a Z2 yet but it bet its build quality will be very good as well.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 11:28

69. imkyle (Posts: 1076; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


If you are buying a $200 phone on contract when there are options to purchase other android phones for $0.01 and some are free, then you must know something about phones thus you wouldn't be spending $200 on an Android phone.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 15:52

84. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I know a lot about the phones that are currently on the market but mostly the ones that are available for the US market. I know there are android phones I can get next to nothing on contract. However, I'm a smartphone junkie who loves to have the newest thing that is out there. Also I'm on the at&t next plan so I have to make installment each month which in term I'm paying full price for the phone but in monthly payment. I'm enslaved by pretty shiny new phones.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 22:00 7

24. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Samsung was attaced , and we know why,
But all the Android OEM's was doing , THE SAME. Even Anand wrote it.
But the tech media want to point only Samsung.(why?)

And Anand wrote that Note 3 beat all of them anyhow.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 04:21 1

47. hmmm... (Posts: 78; Member since: 05 Jun 2013)


Motorola did not cheat and Sony phones were not on the list of phones he tested.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/7384/state-of-cheating-in-android-benchmarks

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 06:09 4

54. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Nor was Nexus phones bumped up for tests.
So, not all phones are thrown into the ring of shame.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 19:57 10

2. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


LOL 27k? my dual core, midrange Xperia SP get 23k

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 21:30

18. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


please post the picture. No pic = hoax and you're a liar

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 22:49 11

33. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


https://www.dropbox.com/s/k0zjmk05zq7muwb/Screenshot_2014-03-28-23-44-58%20%281%29.png

lets see if that works

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 00:22

36. zekes (Posts: 229; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


Good phone it beat the hell out the note 2

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 11:24

68. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


lol yup, i got it for free with a 150$ gift card too!!! and the fact that it beat the flagship it launched aside is startling and it got so close to the M7

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 20:02 10

3. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Real time use is the true score, not benchmarks.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 21:00

14. vincelongman (Posts: 4577; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Unfortunately, you can't easily compare real life usage, so people use benchmarks

Also most benchmarks I've tried only use 2-3 of my Nexus 5's cores and its only at ~70% usage for each of those cores.
And a slightly lower benchmark score can also be good as it means you CPU is using less battery

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 21:58 1

23. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


If the same performance is attainable with a performance setting, I have nothing against it.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 22:22 1

26. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


My note 3 is set on performance mode, and not on demand .

Via custom kernel.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 20:15 14

4. vintage (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


(htc fans) the camera may be a little out dated but we beat every one else In benchmarks. And it's metal. Hahahahah

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 21:14 4

15. V-Dawg (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Dude, you might want to look again, the HTC did'nt beat any of the three devices listed above in the legit (normal grounds of testing) mode. Actually the score is way way way low. You are also wrong about the camera, the tech of dual cam is somewhat new and they say the've improved the hardware of the cam (Not in terms of MP), but the ram is still DDR2.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 21:27

17. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Right? Lol.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 21:49 6

21. vintage (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


?? I was being sarcastic smart a** if u look I said (HTC fan) which means I was speakn as to be one think you please if your going to try and correct some one please read carefully next time thank you and papa smurf just have a seat and do something with your life

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 22:31

27. pwnarena (Posts: 1129; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


you've just encountered two people who have consitently exhibited questionable abilities in reading english texts. i think maherk and rd_nest will follow.

posted on 28 Mar 2014, 23:07

34. vintage (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Haha I can tell I thought my post was self explanitory if I do say so my self but I guess not I would think with the 6000+ comments papasmurf made he would learn how to read

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 03:17

44. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


The ram is actually DDR3. So now the world can relax. For more details check Anandtech 's review.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 08:03

60. vintage (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Actually that comment needs to go number 15 I never said anything about DDR2 or DDR3.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 21:45

79. V-Dawg (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


pwnarena @ oh is that so, and where else have you seen me replying a comment. Just because people don't say what you want them to say, don't thrash them.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 09:43

62. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Hahaha.. you reminded me a proverb "out of a pan, into the fire"... its ok, forgive both of them.. sometime misunderstanding happen

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 10:33

66. vintage (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Who says I'm mad I'm not mad at all but at the same time please don't try and correct me if you don't understand my comment. And you can't forgive some one you were never mad at.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 21:43

78. V-Dawg (Posts: 6; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Yeah right!!!! just because you typed in "HTC FANS" at the start doesn't mean youre being sarcastic. Anyway I apologize and next time try to be accurately sarcastic.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 23:35

81. vintage (Posts: 15; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Can you shut up I don't care about your opinion thank you just because your slow doesn't mean I wasn't being sarcastic please have a seat. And the 14 People that liked my comments must have got it

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