A high-performance mode is available on a number of Android devices to enhance gaming or other intensive activities. Is it worth it, though?
Smartphones have advanced considerably in terms of performance and computing. With the rise in the number of people relying on their phones to do most of their job, there has been a tremendous increase in demand for more processing power.
Android flagships in recent years have featured an octa-core CPU and more RAM than you can count. Despite the phones' incredible raw performance, you may have come across a higher-performance mode that claims to aid performance even further.
In this post, we'll look at how to enable and use High-Performance Mode on your phone.
Although the precise effects of the high-performance mode toggle on your device are unknown, we can venture a few educated speculations. To begin with, it raises the CPU and GPU performance to the maximum your phone is capable of.
A few kernels, in the world of developing custom ROMs and rooting your phone, overclock your device's CPU to extract every last bit of performance out of it. However, since a few OEMs have started incorporating this functionality directly, it's reasonable to assume that it doesn't actually overclock your device, putting it at risk.
Instead, a few minor things like picking the high-performing cores over the smaller ones, and maximizing your phone's CPU usage for short periods of time to minimize heating, all contribute to increases in performance. By suspending other background activities in the high-performance mode, you may improve the speed at which you play a game.
In conclusion, no, the high-performance mode does not give your phone any secret abilities to offer amazing performance. It may also significantly improve the performance of your smartphone if you have a lot of background processes running all the time.
Only a few phone manufacturers have incorporated a high-performance mode into their devices. Samsung, OnePlus, and Oppo all include a switch in the settings that you can activate.
If you're using a phone, you'll find this menu in the battery or power settings. You can usually discover it in the battery or energy settings of your phone.
To enable High Performance Mode on an Oppo or Realme device running ColorOS, go to "Settings > Battery > Advanced Settings" and check the box for "High Performance Mode." Because ColorOS is based on similar software, you may find the option in the same locations on Oppos and Realme devices.
Is it truly worth sacrificing battery life for such high performance? While it's fun that smartphone makers are now offering power-user features to their customers, is the high-performance mode actually beneficial? We put it all to the test by examining benchmark results, gaming performance, and general usage.
For testing, we used a OnePlus 9RT as our main smartphone, and any changes in performance would be readily apparent. The phone has a Snapdragon 888 CPU and an Adreno 660 GPU, all of which are high-end specifications.
We conducted Geekbench 5 and AnTuTu Benchmark tests on our sample to get a more technical and comprehensive look at device performance before and after enabling the high-performance mode toggle.
Benchmarks are an easy method to rank your phone based on its performance, but don't take these numbers too seriously. There are numerous elements that influence these results, which is why even phones with the same processor can have different outcomes from time to time.
We conducted all of the tests on the same phone with a full charge and separated them out to allow for some rest time. The Geekbench 5 benchmark is a dependable instrument that measures your phone's single-core and multi-core performance.
The performance of the phone increased significantly in single-core mode, yet surprisingly it resulted in a lower multi-core score. This makes perfect sense because high-performance mode focuses all of your phone's raw power on the task at hand rather than inefficient background processes.
AnTuTu Benchmark examines a variety of factors, including CPU and GPU performance, memory and UX score, and more. The conclusion was the same throughout our testing with AnTuTu Benchmark. The CPU rating stayed the same, but the GPU rose by a considerable margin.
Benchmarks may be fun to execute, but they aren't a true reflection of performance. The vast majority of benchmarks only stress your phone's CPU and GPU for a limited period of time, while gaming sessions can go on indefinitely.
With and without the high-performance mode enabled, we tested some of the most graphically demanding games to see how they performed. The results were... underwhelming. After 30 minutes, both Call of Duty Mobile and Genshin Impact provided a fluid gaming experience until the latter began dropping frames. Even when the high-performance mode was activated, the outcomes remained consistent.
In our opinion, the impact of reduced power on gaming performance is more related to how your phone dynamically throttles its CPU in order to avoid overheating than it is to a lack of electricity itself. The high-performance mode, for example, may improve the gaming experience on low-end phones, but so far only higher-end handsets have had this feature.
The high-performance mode did not provide significant benefits when it comes to typical day-to-day usage, such as surfing social networking apps, capturing images, and occasionally multitasking.
Flagship phones already perform well in terms of maintaining a high level of use. For an entire day, we left the switch on and only noticed a little faster battery drain.
The high-performance mode appears to be a waste of time on flagship phones, as we discovered in all of these tests. Sure, we saw greater numbers in benchmarks, but real-world usage and gaming performance were unaffected.
This is a feature that we'd love to see make its way down to cheaper devices that would truly benefit from it. The high-performance mode is simply a curiosity to have and its lack should not concern you as long as you purchased a device with the appropriate specifications for your application.