OnePlus confirms that it’s been intentionally throttling performance


Yesterday, Anandtech published a piece revealing that many of the top Android apps were being throttled on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. Since then, Geekbench removed the devices from its Android Benchmark chart, but no official statement was made from the OnePlus camp.

That’s all changed, as OnePlus has provided us with the following statement.

Our top priority is always delivering a great user experience with our products, based in part on acting quickly on important user feedback. Following the launch of the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro in March, some users told us about some areas where we could improve the devices’ battery life and heat management. As a result of this feedback, our R&D team has been working over the past few months to optimize the devices’ performance when using many of the most popular apps, including Chrome, by matching the app’s processor requirements with the most appropriate power. This has helped to provide a smooth experience while reducing power consumption. While this may impact the devices’ performance in some benchmarking apps, our focus as always is to do what we can to improve the performance of the device for our users.


OnePlus was caught with its hands in the cookie jar, and instead of being transparent from the get-go, simply just let things ride. While we acknowledge that OnePlus is attempting to do everything it can to provide a better overall experience, throttling apps just isn’t something that should be tolerated.

It’s not even the fact that OnePlus is throttling “the most popular apps” on Android. It’s the fact that the lack of transparency is abhorrent and all of this was done to try and squeeze a few extra battery percentage points out of an already power-hungry device.

From the statement provided, it appears that OnePlus is remaining steadfast in its current plans. As of this writing, OnePlus has not confirmed nor stated whether it will be removing these limitations in apps. Maybe this upcoming integration with Oppo will end up helping OnePlus with its software optimization, as it’s pretty clear that the OnePlus has lost its way.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.


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