Anandtech conducted a study in which it found that OnePlus slows down the flagships OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro in 300 popular applications.
Experts noticed that Google Chrome, Uber, Amazon, Netflix, Twitter, Facebook and even some proprietary programs of the company, when opened, do not use the productive core of the Snapdragon 888 processor – Cortex-X1. It seemed to specialists that some algorithm was blocking the work of applications. This was indicated by the poor results of the JetStream 2 and Speedometer 2.0 benchmarks. The numbers were on par with smartphones 11 years ago.
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To test their theory, Anandtech programmers created copies of popular programs and ran the test again. The results were opposite. Two days after the publication of the study, OnePlus confirmed this and explained what was the matter:
“After the launch of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro in March, several owners told us how we could improve battery life and heat management. As a result, our R&D team worked for a couple of months to optimize device performance for many popular apps, including Chrome. This helped to ensure smooth operation while reducing power consumption. While this may affect device performance in some testing applications, our goal, as always, is to do our best to improve the performance of our users’ gadgets.”
Whether OnePlus is planning to do something with the algorithm is unknown.