Smartphone manufacturer HTC has moved to address concerns surrounding alleged "benchmark boosting" in its latest handset, the HTC One M8. The follow up to the hugely successful HTC One, the M8 has been eagerly anticipated by consumers and critics alike, and it's been performing admirably since its launch last week. However, as is normally the case with modern handset launches, questions have been raised about the actual real-world performance of the device versus the benchmarking results posted in reviews, and HTC sought to clarify the issue, saying:
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. If someone would like to get around this benchmarking optimization there are ways to do so, but we think most often this will not be the case.
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.
So rather than denying it, or hiding behind some shady numbers, it's refreshing to see a manufacturer be completely honest about the way its device approaches benchmarking. Although numbers will undoubtedly be higher when it comes to performance in testing, the fact that there's an option in the developer menu to give users access to the full processing power of the device is a great move, even if it does come at the cost of battery life.