OnePlus acknowledges Throttling Performance of 300 Popular Apps on its Phones

During surprise events, OnePlus has been caught up in the performance of several Android apps on its flagship series OnePlus 9. The Chinese giant has reportedly blocked many apps, not including benchmark apps, from using the full potential of the Snapdragon 888 chipset to boost battery life preserve device.

The report comes from Anandtech, which cites unusually low benchmark scores on the OnePlus 9 Pro. During the review process, Andrei Frumusanu from the publication found out that OnePlus is preventing a list of popular Android apps from using the fastest cores of the powerful Snapdragon 888 SoC. However, benchmarking apps like Geekbench or anonymous apps get full access to the power of the processor.

This is the main reason why the benchmark scores of the OnePlus 9 were in line with other devices powered by Snapdragon 888. However, when Frumusanu tested benchmarking services using Google Chrome for Android, he found that the an app using only the Cortex-A55 cores at the lower end instead of the Cortex-X1 core of the Snapdragon 888. Plus, the app was running at 2.0GHz instead at 2.41GHz, which is the maximum capacity of the device.

As a result, the OnePlus 9 Pro was able to achieve a low-end score of 16.0 on the Speedometer 2 benchmarking tool. For reference, Apple’s 12 Pro scores around 202.5 on the same benchmark tool. Frumusanu was able to get a relevant score of 107.0 on the OnePlus 9 Pro using another web browser called Vivaldi.

OnePlus grabbed for Throttling Apps on OnePlus 9 Series

While there are no traces of any official list of apps banned from using the full power of the device, OnePlus seems to have blocked more than 300 popular apps, including Chrome, YouTube, Instagram, Discord, Zoom, Microsoft Office, and more, according to the report. Conversely, benchmarking apps have full access to the power of the device.

In response to this discovery, Geekbench tweeted that he is disappointed to see OnePlus making such decisions. So, the company has listed the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro from its Android benchmark chart.

After the development, OnePlus responded XDA Developers, confirming that it tests the performance for certain apps. There are two reasons for the throttling apps, OnePlus said. The company added that after the release of the OnePlus 9 series, feedback from users suggested that it needed to improve the battery life and thermal performance of flagship devices. As a result, the company’s R&D team “It has been working for the past few months to optimize device performance while using many of the most popular applications, including Chrome, by matching the app’s processor requirements with the most appropriate power.” This enabled the OnePlus 9 devices to deliver “Smooth experience while reducing power consumption,” the Chinese giant added.

You can check it out AnandTech’s an in-depth report to learn more about the concerns of OnePlus phones right here.

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