OnePlus in these hours is in the center of a cyclone that arose after a report related to OnePlus 9 Pro’s “Strange Behavior”, the latest high-end smartphone launched by the Chinese brand: its OxygenOS operating system, in fact, would seem to limit the performance of some popular Android applications, thus falsifying the benchmarks.
The analysis in question was posted by AnandTech, a site that revealed how firmware for OnePlus 9 Pro voluntarily limits performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC supplied with applications such as Google Chrome and social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. However, with alternative browsers like Vivaldi and games like Genshin Impact seemingly excluded from the list of apps with limited performance, the smartphone continues to do its best.
Without going too far into difficult-to-understand technical speeches, AnandTech later tried to “disguise” GeekBench 5 as Chrome or Twitter, getting a 20% less performance of Snapdragon 888. The crash could be due, again according to AnandTech, by the desire to use fewer resources and reduce consumption in the case of the use of multiple applications, an intention that would be decidedly shared if it were not for the fact that the company has never communicated this decision to his clients.
In light of this story, about which OnePlus has yet to release official statements, Geekbench has defined the behavior of Oxygen OS as a form of “reference manipulation”, announcing the remove OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro from your database with the tweet that you see at the bottom of the article and that we quote below: “It is disappointing to see OnePlus phones making performance decisions based on app identifiers rather than app behavior. We see this as a way of manipulating landmarks. We have removed the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro from our Android benchmark table “. We just have to wait for a press release from the company.
Meanwhile, there is also talk of the successors of the OnePlus 9T, of which details have been leaked about the 108 megapixel camera and about the possible equipment of a 120 Hz LTPO screen.