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Processor on the HTC One M8 reportedly switches to high-performance mode during benchmarks


A new report has found that the new HTC One automatically switches to a high-performance CPU mode while running benchmark applications in order to boost scores. We’ve seen Samsung come under significant criticism for doing something similar with the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, which was later rectified with the Android 4.4 update.

HTC’s “tweak” however is slightly less manipulative compared to Samsung’s. AnandTech’s findings claim that the HTC One M8’s CPU frequency is bumped up by 15% while running conventional benchmark apps. While this isn’t exactly manipulating benchmark scores per-se, it’s certainly going to come under criticism. The GPU performance has remained unchanged apparently, which is a relief for HTC fans.

For those interested, HTC is also offering a high-performance CPU mode which is accessible via the Developer options on the handset. Benchmark scores are unlikely to affect the standard everyday consumer and HTC needs to keep this in mind. It might not have the marketing prowess of Samsung, but cases like these are certainly not doing its credibility any good.

Source: AnandTech

Via: Android Beat

  • speak2nexus

    Well, we have been seeing this on almost all phones these days. Have to run a graphics and processor intense game and then check how the CPU performs. We will get to know if its cheating or not.

  • andrew_dawson1

    Looking at your username, I presume that you own a Nexus device. And no Nexus device cheats on benchmarks. You can trust that. Apart from that, almost all other smartphones and manufacturers do.

  • David Argus

    Actually Anand Tech reported that all OEMs cheat on benchmarking expect the Nexus line. So yeah, what you say is absolutely correct.

  • David Argus

    Sigh! Isn’t it common knowledge that all devices cheat on Benchmarking.

  • bretta49

    Except Nexus, all OEMs cheat in benchmarking. Nothing new about that.

  • andrew_dawson1

    Yeah. That’s because the Nexus line has nothing to prove, like the other manufacturers. Its like, I’m Nexus, bit*h. You need to earn me, not buy me.

  • contactsunny

    Exactly. Nexus devices don’t really have to prove all this. It is a class of its own, which not even the Play Store Edition smartphones can’t match.

  • contactsunny

    Not all, not the Nexus series. Read all the comments here. Nexus device don’t cheat during benchmarks.

  • arnoldStuart

    Are you sure? Is there any proof?

  • Ivan

    Anand Tech has many times mentioned in their review that Nexus does not cheat with benchmarking.

  • David Argus

    Oh yeah! That I do know! Nexus series don’t cheat.

  • David Argus

    Haha! That is one way to put it! :)

  • David Argus

    I do agree! Nexus lines is in a league of it’s own!

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