OnePlus 9: Performance in many apps is throttled to save battery

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OnePlus throttles the performance of the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro with numerous apps. The company has now confirmed corresponding media reports in a statement. The aim of the performance limitation is to extend the battery life of the cell phones and to reduce the heat build-up. The company did not provide any information on whether other OnePlus devices would also do the same.

“In the past few months we have been working on optimizing the device performance of many popular apps such as Google Chrome by adapting the performance to the requirements of the respective app,” OnePlus told the Android magazine XDA-Developers. That could be noticeable in some benchmarks. It is unclear whether and to what extent the performance restrictions are noticeable in actual use of the cell phone. Many of the affected applications usually do not need the full performance of the built-in Snapdragon 888 high-end SoC to run smoothly.

At first he had Tech-Blog Anandtech determined the performance limitations in benchmark situations. Depending on the application, the OnePlus smartphones only use certain cores of the Qualcomm SoC. The system apparently works according to a blacklist: The OnePlus phones are basically designed to provide the full power of a device. The performance is only throttled for certain applications on a blacklist. This list includes numerous popular applications, including, in addition to Chrome, apparently Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram.

OnePlus only implemented this procedure after the publication of its current top-of-the-range cell phones. Product testers thus did not have the opportunity to check the effects of the measures. OnePlus does not offer the option to manually override the performance throttling or edit the list of limited performance apps. The performance throttle does not seem to work with hardware-hungry games: In the mobile game “Genshin Impact”, the tested OnePlus 9 Pro provided the complete processor power, reports Anandtech.

The OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro are powered by the Snapdragon 888, which is prone to excessive heat generation. The US chip manufacturer recently presented its new top model, the Snapdragon 888 Plus. It remains to be seen whether it will fix the predecessor’s overheating problems.


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