Benchmark scandals are nothing new. In fact, a report last year suggested almost all manufacturers included some sort of optimization mode that kicked in when their handsets detected benchmarking software.
The latest phone to stand trial is the HTC One (M8). Interestingly, the Taiwanese have openly plead guilty, explaining that the M8’s High Performance Mode is actually something users can toggle themselves.
In a nutshell, AnTuTu 4 suggested that the HTC One (M8) outperformed rivals such as the Sony Xperia Z2, LG G Pro 2 and Samsung Galaxy S5.
However, the stealthier AnTuTu X suggests that the HTC One (M8) - with its optimisation disabled - is actually a fair bit behind the aforementioned flagships .
In an email to CNET, HTC explains: “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.”
A refreshingly honest statement from HTC, unlike Samsung, which vehemently denied benchmark rigging last summer.
And it gets better. The statement continues: "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."
The rep goes on to say that High Performance Mode will be made available to US HTC One (M8)s soon via a software update.
No specific word on HTC One (M8) High Performance Mode for the UK, however. Hey! Why, don’t I just ask? And... done. #journalist