Samsung came under a bit of criticism in the past for boosting benchmark scores on some of their devices, and it would appear that the new HTC One (M8) does the same.
Rather than hiding this, HTC are basically saying that the benchmark boosting on the new HTC One is actually a feature, and Cnet received the following statement from HTC regarding the benchmark boosting.
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 then went on to describe this as an actual feature on the HTC One, the company calls this a new ‘High Performance Mode’ and you can see more from HTC on this below.
“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.”
This new ‘High Performance Mode’ is not available on all of the new HTC One as yet, although the company will release a software update in the future to make this feature available to all of the new HTC One handsets.
There is a difference here on what Samsung was doing with their device and what HTC is doing with the new HTC One (M8).
Samsung’s devices only increased the processor speed when it detected a benchmark test, this higher clock speed was not available with normal applications.
With the HTC One users will be able to select this high performance mode manually and use it with whichever application they want.
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