At one time, Apple got into a major scandal because of the hidden decline in the performance of its old smartphones. Now, to some extent, history has repeated itself with OnePlus — though it’s not all that serious.
A couple of weeks ago, OnePlus was caught limiting the performance of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro flagships. Geekbench even considered it a performance manipulation and dropped the OnePlus 9 Duo from the list. While the benchmarking performance of the apps was in line with expectations of the Snapdragon 888 processor, the phones limited the ability of many other applications to use the maximum capacity of the chipset during use.
OnePlus admitted to this as a result. The company explained that today’s high-performance chipsets are redundant for most applications, and performance was limited to increase battery life. However, further tests showed that such battery savings are insignificant.
Also, the manufacturer promised to add a new option to OxygenOS 12, which will allow users to choose whether to include optimization or not.
“Because different chips work differently and we want to get maximum performance and efficiency from each of them, we have implemented performance optimization to varying degrees on the OnePlus 9R and Nord 2. However, given user feedback and media, our research and development team is currently working on adding an option that allows users to enable/disable this optimized mode and better monitor the performance of their phones. We aim to prepare this solution with one of the first builds of OxygenOS 12,” the commentary said.
The OxygenOS 12 shell should be based on Android 12, which is expected to be rolled out on some devices later this year.