So we know by now that many of you hate benchmarks, and we figured we might as well give you some ammo to play with. It appears that HTC has admitted to testing the HTC One M8 in the benchmarks while it was in a high performance mode, which caused the results of those benchmark tests to be beefed up. Does that mean that the benchmarks were fake? Not really no, but they weren’t necessarily fair as some would see it, as not every device has this type of mode switching. As we have stated before in just about every post regarding benchmarks, we know that they don’t matter as much to most because the actual results seen by people using the device, can be very different in real world situations compared to those given to us by the benchmark tests. They do serve their purpose, if not for complete bragging rights about whose device has the better and highest score(because benchmark tests are like call of duty, and a higher score means you ultimately have a better KDA), than at least for giving you some idea of how your device will perform when you use it.
So how did this come to light? AnTuTu, a popular benchmarking website for devices, they also have an app on the Play Store, had added a new type of benchmarking test called AnTuTu X, which is aimed at uncovering boosted benchmark scores or Cheating, as some will call it, and when this years top phones were all ran through to contrast against the score that came up when ran through AnTuTu 4, their normal benchmark test, HTC’s results were very different from before. Are you ready for this? Lets start from the top. The first score, as you may have seen in our earlier report about the first benchmark, was 38,815. This score put the M8 well ahead of the rest of the pack. After AnTuTu X, it came out with a score of 27,171, which put it at the very bottom of the list. Other phones ran through AnTuTu X during the same time were of course the Galaxy S5 which had a score of 35,357, the Xperia Z2, which had a score of 32,508, and the G Pro 2 which had a score of 29,787.
To the same group of people that could care less about benchmarks and scores, this will mean nothing, but to those of you who hold your benchmarks as sacred territory, you can perhaps feel a little relieved that HTC has been brought out into the open. The good thing for HTC is that they openly admitted this in an emailed response to the scores, instead of trying to hide it. They made the HTC One M8 to have a high performance mode that the user could toggle on or off, so the phone could take advantage of situations where it might need higher performance. Some will say these sorts of optimizations are blasphemy, others will just discount them and see how the phone runs for themselves. Whatever the reasons, we could simply care less either. If the phone is going to perform,(high performance mode or not) let it perform, and that’s all that matters.