OnePlus has cracked an official statement explaining that the brand has indeed restricted the performance of its OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro on 300 popular applications on Android. For these services, the Snapdragon 888 of smartphones will never deploy its full power in order, we are told, to preserve the battery.
OnePlus was held to account after the accusations. Let us allow ourselves a little reminder of the facts. An article from AnandTech demonstrated how the OnePlus 9 Pro deliberately bridged its Snapdragon 888 on a large number of popular Android applications such as Google Chrome, WhatsApp, TikTok or even the Play Store. Indeed, on these apps blacklistées, Qualcomm’s state-of-the-art chip never reached its full potential.
Thus, even on tasks where it was necessary, the power peaks were never reached. OnePlus has indeed integrated a mechanism to prevent the Snapdragon 888 from appealing to its most powerful heart, the Cortex-X1, on these platforms. Thus, the OnePlus 9 Pro only ran full blast on 3D games and benchmarks. This discovery annoyed Geekbench who denounced a “manipulation” of the benchmarks and decided to remove the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro from its database.
OnePlus explains wanting to optimize autonomy
We contacted OnePlus to find out more and a spokesperson gave us the brand’s official explanations.
Our top priority is to always provide an excellent user experience with our products, based in part on being very responsive to important user feedback. After the launch of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro in March, users pointed out some areas where we could improve battery life and heat management of devices. As a result of this feedback, our R&D team has been working over the past few months to optimize device performance when using 300 of the most popular apps, including Chrome, by matching the app’s processor requirements with the most suitable power.
Make no mistake, the manufacturer offers no excuses here. On the contrary, he explains how this initiative has been beneficial. “This helped deliver a smooth experience while reducing power consumption. While this may impact device performance in some benchmark applications, our goal is, as always, to do everything possible to improve device performance for our users.“, We read in the email sent to us by OnePlus.
The story may not be over
It remains to be seen whether these explanations will convince users. Some people might prefer to have the choice between an autonomy mode and a performance mode rather than being forced to comply with the voluntary restraint of their OnePlus 9 or OnePlus 9 Pro.
In addition, the issue of transparency is always relevant: on benchmarks, the very high scores recorded by these devices do not faithfully reflect the performance that can be expected on 300 Android applications.