The hits just keep on coming for OnePlus, as the company has been under fire for much of the last month. Software concerns continue to plague OnePlus, and this time, it has nothing to do with its update plans.
AnandTech recently published a rather in-depth report about how the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro seemingly performed just fine on benchmarks but offers limited performance in day-to-day usage. The report goes through a series of Android’s most popular apps, along with the stock system apps.
Essentially, OnePlus is blocking some applications from taking advantage of the full power offered by the Snapdragon 888. Instead, apps are being limited to making use of the low-power cores instead.
It's disappointing to see OnePlus handsets making performance decisions based on application identifiers rather than application behavior. We view this as a form of benchmark manipulation. We've delisted the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro from our Android Benchmark chart. https://t.co/G40wmWeg7o
— Geekbench (@geekbench) July 6, 2021
Because of this, Geekbench announced that it would be de-listing both the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro from its Android Benchmark chart. While this isn’t the benchmark manipulation that you thought you’d see, it’s still manipulation nonetheless. It’s unknown why OnePlus would be intentionally limiting apps from performing at their best. The only real reason that can be surmised is that the company is trying to squeeze as much battery life out of its devices by limiting the processor where it can.
In years past, we’ve seen smartphone makers throw lines of code in the software that will detect when a benchmark app is being used and then overclock the processor. Most of the time, this kind of behavior is acknowledged and a fix is released. But we still have not heard a peep from the OnePlus team since AnandTech‘s report went live yesterday.
Geekbench also confirmed that it will be looking into other OnePlus devices to see if they also are manipulating the benchmarks. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, and whether we’re going to have a quick OxygenOS update coming in the next day or two.