Cheat this! New benchmark claims to have solved cheating, pits the Galaxy S4 with the HTC One

Cheat this! New benchmark claims to have solved cheating, pits the Galaxy S4 with the HTC One
Buying a new smartphone is usually a joyous occasion (even for non-nerds), so much so that most of us usually forget that the industry is downright ruthless. The battle for dominion continues to rage on, as OEMs from around the globe battle it out on fields as diverse as the Amazon rainforrest.

Sure, gimmicks sell, and potential customers do get hooked every now and then, but nothing says dominance as much as having the speediest device. This has given rise to what until recently was exclusive to the PC stage – 'optimizations' for benchmarks, though we call it downright cheating. This is actually so predominant that chances are that your current smartphone is selectively boosting its internal clocks to prime it up during benchmarks, whereas it may actually struggle under other circumstances. So, while we're able to call them off, we aren't exactly able to prevent them. Until now, supposedly...

A new benchmark is in town, called GameBench. The good folks behind it reportedly all hail from the chipmaking industry, so we suppose they do know a thing or two about such 'optimizations' and how to prevent them. The new authors of the benchmark (not yet available on the Play Store, don't bother just yet) claim it's “uncheatable”, and they have already pitted the HTC One with the Samsung Galaxy S4 – two devices with otherwise identical hardware and scores on conventional benchies. Unlike those last ones, however, GameBench will run in the background while you play a real game title off the Play Store, taking multiple measurements of both performance and battery drain. Put even simpler, devices get rewarded for high frame rate and penalized for quick juice drain.

Going back to the two flagships, GameBench actually ran them through four of some of the most popular games right now, all the while scribbling down their performance. Surprisingly, while Sammy took most of the heat for cheating, it actually still managed to snatch a decisive win against HTC's One. This is actually more meaningful than some may realize, as we otherwise consider these two to be equals in terms of how they handle load, despite the fact that the S4 has a bit of a hand over the One, thanks to its slightly higher-clocked Snapdragon 600.

Sure, these are not absolutely conclusive, but it's nice to see that there's some headway made in this direction. Of course, gaming is only a single aspect of the total experience, but it is admittedly by far the most taxing one, making it perfect for actually gauging what your device will look like under heavy load.

Related phones

Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)
  • Display 4.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. PointMaza

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

well as far as i know S4 lags as hell, the HTC One is way more smoother and better than that Plastic Toy..

2. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

so much hatred...

4. PointMaza

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

@Mr Koles i'm speaking the truth..

6. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

HTC one is easily damaged, dented and scuffed. The GS4 is a much more forgiving phone to damage because of the plastic. I agree that touchwiz is the worst thing to happen to android since the HTC Thunderbolt.

20. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Touchwiz is what made Android as popular as it is today. Just saying.

33. jaychildz

Posts: 144; Member since: May 31, 2013

if you don't take care of your phone then duh but damn my One has not a blemish at all. Stop that build quality ish, a 3yr old can mess an iphone as well as a htc or galaxy device.

17. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

I know that speaking against Samsung has become popular, but what´s good will stay good even if haters say the opposite...

19. Adithya7184 unregistered

one of my friend own an s4...he didnt experianced a single lag till now...may be you need to take ur phone to nearest service centre to solve problems...or may be u r an butthurt hater...thats it.

28. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Yeah, you are right, but the issue is HTC itself. Their features are lacking and quite buggy. As wel as if you do not have beats audio going on the HTC One. The sound quality is garbadge. Beats bailed from HTC and I wonder why............... So yeah you are right. The One has great design and materials, but is light years behind when it come to features and software. Just saying. That and their android overlay/ skin is ugly and it sucks to navigate.

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The GS4 runs perfectly smooth in most cases. I don't own one but a lot of my friends do. My HTC One never outperformed their phones in anything except in poor ergonomics, overheating, dead pixels, gaps, taking forever to lock onto a gps signal on google maps, and unresponsive home buttons.

14. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

you must not have ever owned an HTC one and just listing all the problems you have gathered from online. stop trying to make the one look inferior to the gs4.

16. SleepingOz unregistered

Well, it is actually.

21. Mrmark

Posts: 400; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Yes I have had both s4 and HTC one on sprint now I am using the Nexus 5 on sprint ( best in terms of phones) I actually like touchwiz more than HTC UI although blink feed was coo. I missed multi window ! Not really to much lagg on neither devices although I would say s4 did lag sometimes .. I missed there calendar widget .... The camera on the HTC one was terrible I don't care what anybody says mine did get a dead pixel that I could only see we loading up phone at the top s4 felt cheap after I got my HTC one ...not before ... All and all they were both great phones to use ... I preferred the s4 but only because I liked touvhwiz UI .

31. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

You don't have to believe me but that is the truth. I had two HTC One handsets actually. One had dead pixels so I had to exchange it for the other.

41. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

This dude is lying. When he say the GPS take forever you know he is lying. The GPS on the one is much faster then the S4. He been bash HTC before the one even came out. Why would someone hate a company buy their product. He is a sad troll.

22. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

keep dreaming

25. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

well as far as i know HTC One lags as hell, the GS4 is way more smoother and better than that non-selling Toy.. Everyone can play the game.

30. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

I have the sprint raped s4 and it surely doesn't lags as hell. I have the same amount of occasional stutter I had with iPhone that it replaced

36. gixxerrider311

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

I agree with your statement, I have a HTC One and I have NEVER seen a force close message on any of my apps but my friends S4 does it all the time and it's laggy as well.

37. giri.1131

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

Use nova launcher on s4, improves its performance 3 times

42. philfoster

Posts: 34; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

Haters come around, go around

3. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Alright that's something measuring real world performance right there. A very much improved version of Epic Citadel since it runs actual games.

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Mostly likely because the S4 uses ddr3 and the HTC One ddr2 ram rather than the higher clock. And the HTC One internals are a mess stacked into a pyramid of crap and ignore thermals and proper placement. Basically HTC sucks and they try and hide this behind the simplest skin they could conjure up. It is called Apple tactics.

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It's not called Apple tactics since it's a failure.

35. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Apple will not fail simply because it is Apple. The rest, however, are not Apple, so they can fail hard even if they copy their tactics faithfully.

9. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

10. Doppiadi

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

They should do something like this to compare ui, browser, messaging apps. It would make much more sense to me and to many others that get a phone for productivity purposes

11. ZPM101

Posts: 36; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

lol..all you kids are soo funny =/

12. enthasuium

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Bit of a slap on Anandtech!!!

13. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I own both device I admit the HTC One is much more smoother than s4. I experience some hickup here and their with s4, and yes the s3 dont have those touchwiz is a blame.

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