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A new test on smartphone benchmarks reveals that a string of manufacturers are using special 'boost modes' to improve their performance. LG, Asus and HTC have all found to be cheating in a new report by AnandTech.

LG, Asus and HTC have all been using boosters to get better marks, the probe showed. It comes days after Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 was found to be using a similar mode, suggesting its Qualcomm Snapdragon processor was working much faster than it really was.

The LG G2, HTC One, HTC One Mini and Asus PadFine Infinity have all been found using similar tricks to make themselves look better, running at zippier speeds when using a benchmark app.

Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Nexus 4, along with the Moto X, were not using the same technique.

It all begs the question, why?

Buying a smartphone based on benchmarking scores is something even the most fanatical of tech types baulk at, so why are companies going to all this bother to optimise their scores?

Until one speaks out, the answer remains a mystery.



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