Last fall, it was discovered that a number of Android based smartphones made by Samsung, HTC, Asus and others boosted their normal performance when certain software benchmarks were run on those devices. Now HTC says that their new One M8 not only does the same thing, but it's now a feature of the smartphone.
CNet reports that when the regular version of the AnTuTu benchmark is run on the One M8, it generated scores that beat out the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G Pro 2. However, running the AnTuTu X version, which is programmed to get around the performance 'cheats', showed scores on the One M8 that were behind that of the Galaxy S5 and the G Pro 2.
HTC was asked about this and the company admitted that when the One M8 detects some benchmarking programs, the smartphone does indeed "optimize in certain scenarios to produce the best possible performance." In fact, the company said that the HTC One M8 will have a new "High Performance Mode" that can be enabled in the developer settings by the user. It will allow the smartphone to have better CPU and GPU performance, but at the cost of lower battery life. The US versions of the One M8 will get the "High Performance Mode" via a future software update.
Source: CNet | Image via HTC