Benchmark tools such as AnTuTu, Quadrant, and 3DMark are designed to give you an idea of just how powerful a phone, tablet, or other device is. While the tests don’t always reflect real-world performance, they at least make it possible to compare devices and see how they fared on grueling tests of CPU and graphics performance.

At least that’s what happens when device makers don’t cheat… which they often do. But now HTC is taking the unusual step of not only boosting its scores by improving performance when you run benchmarking apps, but promising to let users boost performance the same way whenever they’d like.

All new HTC One

CNET asked HTC representatives about recent reports suggesting that the company’s new HTC One (M8) outperforms similar devices in benchmarks only because the device kicks into high gear when running those tests.

HTC admitted that this happens… but describes it as a feature rather than a bug. In fact, HTC says that soon users will be able to enable a “High Performance Mode” so that their systems can run at top speeds whether you’re running a benchmarking tool or not. This will likely reduce your battery life, but it does mean that HTC isn’t necessarily “cheating” in benchmarks by over-promising real-world performance, because theoretically you could achieve that kind of performance by switching to High Performance Mode.

It’d be nice if you could reliably run the same benchmarks in normal mode to see how your phone would fare when not running battery-killing software though.

 

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2 replies on “Yes, HTC cheats on benchmarks, but soon you’ll be able to too”

  1. I’m pretty sure my Pipo tablet does something similar. I can get decent scores in benchmarks, but overall the performance is pretty terrible. I’ve been able to set the minimum cpu speed to something like 1GHz to make it more usable, but my phone with much lower benchmarking scores is far more responsive overall.

  2. Turning off some power-saving measures during certain loads was better known as power-management when Intel did it. I guess now it’s “cheating” since it’s your battery draining instead of your power bill rising.

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