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ATTENTION! HTC One (M8) Might Be Cheating in Benchmarks

by Mihai Matei on March 28, 2014


As the majority of our readers should already be aware of, HTC has released the new One (M8) flagship in two main variants; one destined for the US and EMEA markets, and the other for Asia. The Asian model packs a bigger punch, as it’s being powered by the MSM8974-AC Snapdragon 801 CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz. It’s basically the same SoC as the one found in the Samsung Galaxy S5, so in theory, both smartphones should perform similarly in benchmarks.

That didn’t seem to be the case yesterday, when we showed you a handful of benchmark HTC One M8 scores (for Asian version), side-by-side with the results of the Samsung Galaxy S5, as well as the LG G Pro 2 and the Sony Xperia Z2. In those benchmarks, the HTC One annihilated its competitors, including the equally equipped Galaxy S5. So what gives? Well, we kind of have a theory, and it’s not a pretty one. Check back after the break for details.

HTC One (M8) Might Cheat in Benchmarks

HTC One (M8) Might Cheat in Benchmarks

HTC One (M8) – AnTuTu X Benchmark Results are Here

The problem with certain benchmark tests / applications is that smartphone manufacturers can basically “cheat” the scores through various ways and means, in order to make their handset look more powerful than it actually is. This doesn’t bode well for benchmark developers, and AnTuTu had to fight this practice throughout the years, until it came up with “AnTuTu X” – a new benchmark application that looks identical to the regular app, but prevents manufacturers from tampering with the system in order to obtain higher (and deceitful) benchmark scores.

I suppose you already know where we’re going with this, and yes, it does seem that the HTC One (M8) might not be as powerful as we initially thought. Here are the AnTuTu (top) and AnTuTu X (bottom) scores for the M8, alongside the SGS5, G Pro 2 and Xperia Z2.

AnTuTu Scores - HTC One (M8) / LG G Pro 2 / SGS5 / Xperia Z2

AnTuTu Scores – HTC One (M8) / LG G Pro 2 / SGS5 / Xperia Z2

AnTuTu X Scores - HTC One (M80 / LG G Pro 2 / SGS5 / Xperia Z2

AnTuTu X Scores – HTC One (M80 / LG G Pro 2 / SGS5 / Xperia Z2

It doesn’t take a keen eye to notice that the scores from AnTuTu differ from the ones delivered by AnTuTu X for all four gadgets. However, the discrepancy in scores for the LG G Pro 2, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2 is not really that big from one benchmark to the other. Meanwhile, the HTC One (M8) scores over 10,000 points more in AnTuTu, than it does in AnTuTu X, so it really seems like there’s something fishy going on here.


Yesterday we’ve shown you a larger list of results from various benchmark apps, including Vellamo, Quadrant and 3D Mark. Evidently, in light of new events, we’re wondering if HTC managed to tamper with those results as well.

What’s your take on these developments? Do you think HTC actually cheated the benchmarks? If so, did the manufacturer crossed the line? Share your thoughts below.

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