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HTC optimizes updated One for benchmarking, makes it a feature
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Mar 31, 2014, 08:41 AM
 
Benchmark results for the new HTC One may not truly reflect the performance owners will see in daily use, it has been claimed. A report found the HTC flagship scored highly in one benchmark when compared to other recent releases, while a slightly different benchmarking app from the same developers scored considerably lower, suggesting there may be some benchmark-specific optimization occurring.

ePrice found benchmark scores between AnTuTu 4 and AnTuTu X were relatively similar for the Sony Xperia Z2, LG G Pro 2, and Samsung Galaxy S5, differing by only a few hundred points each. When the HTC One M8 was tested, the score varied between a competitor-beating 38,815 to a trailing 27,171, a swing of 11,644 points.

Graphs showing benchmark disparity for HTC One (M8)
Graphs showing benchmark disparity for HTC One (M8)


In the past, HTC and other manufacturers have been allegedly caught creating optimizations in their implementations of Android, triggering the code when specific applications are run. This has led to some smartphones being delisted from some benchmark results sites for the fraudaulent results, with Samsung apparently removing the offending code from their devices as a result.

In response to questioning by CNET, HTC does not appear to consider this benchmark manipulation to be a form of cheating, "Similar to the engine in a high-performance sports car, our engineers optimize (the processor and GPU) in certain scenarios to produce the best possible performance," advised the representative. The company is also seemingly approving the idea of benchmark optimizing, with the representative stating HTC will introduce a "new High Performance Mode in the developer settings that can be enabled and disabled manually." It is described as changing the optimization of the phone from a balanced device in terms of performance and battery life, to one that will focus purely on processing power when activated.

The option is not currently available on HTC devices in the United States, but the representative claims it will be arriving shortly in a software update.
     
   
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