OnePlus launched its latest OnePlus 9 series of smartphones back in March. The flagship devices of the series, OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro, both are powered by the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. Snapdragon 888 is the company’s flagship processor and offers a significant boost in both CPU and GPU performance over its predecessor. While the processor is amongst one of the best the company has to offer, a new report by AnandTech states that the company might have made some unethical tweaks that favoured the device performance on benchmark apps. Also Read - Best gaming phones under Rs 20,000 in August 2021: iQOO Z3, Poco X3 Pro, and more
According to the report, the devices have discrepancies in the performance of several apps. It states that OnePlus is blacklisting popular applications away from its fastest cores, causing a slow down in typical workloads. The publication performed tests to confirm that popular non-benchmark apps get notably reduced performance. Whereas, the tests confirmed that the benchmark and other unknown apps get full performance. Also Read - Amazon Great Freedom Sale: Best deals on OnePlus 9 Pro, Mi 10i 5G, Galaxy M42, and more
Limiting the phones from offering the maximum performance to popular apps could in theory help the device conserve battery life. However, this would make the benchmark scores useless, as they are based on the best performance the phone has to deliver with the CPUs top-performing cores. Also Read - Google's Tensor chipset on Pixel 6 series will be manufactured by Samsung: Nikkei
After the report was released, Geekbench has announced that it is delisting the OnePlus 9 series from its Android Benchmark Chart. It has also stated that it will be taking a look at earlier OnePlus smartphones and investigating them to see if those handsets also manipulate performance in the same way. And if they are found out to be unethically tweaking performance, they will also be delisted.
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
“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 said in an official statement.
To recall, Realme, another BBK Electronics brand, was recently found manipulating numbers on benchmark websites with its Realme GT 5G smartphone and was banned from AnTuTu.