I recognized what OP said before from a review on ePrice (Taiwanese). HTC is definitely doing something subtle.
Originally Posted by pedyvirus
well htc one m8 has and performance mode and you can disable it
so you cant say htc is cheating
I thought that Anandtech said the toggle allows your normal apps can run with the CPU level in benchmark, not to turn the "benchmark optimization" off.
Originally Posted by ivicask
If you call software/hardware optimization a cheating in order to improve battery life, i hope they cheat ever more!
I totally agree about battery optimization. But the way HTC doing is they want to deceive customer that they are the best of both world: benchmark and battery. I don't care about benchmark, just the real performance but many people care. Just think about the benchmark scores, if they didn't cheat and all reviews show that the scores are only 3/4 compare to S5, what would you think? Antutu X showed only 27k, which is equivalent exactly 3/4 of GS5 (36k).