AnandTech found that OxygenOS fundamentally blocked popular and well-known applications, including applications on its own system, from using the “main” core of the Snapdragon 888 chipset. This performance limitation seems to be provided through the use of a blacklist, although it does not find the actual list in the code. But by testing dozens of apps, it’s obvious that every app on your OnePlus 9/9 Pro will automatically get this restricted behavior unless it is a relatively unknown app, depending on the running app program not on their behavior.
Based on the last part, Geekbench believes that this is a tampering of the test, if not in the traditional sense. In the past, many companies have been convicted of unlocking special high-performance modes while running tests on their phones. The same pattern cannot be achieved in normal daily use. But that’s the point. Although OnePlus uses the exact opposite method here, the end result is the same, which means that the phone uses “more” hardware than the application in the benchmark and not in the apps you use it day after day.
The authenticity of the image is definitely very important as synthetic benchmarks usually show real performance, of course it is controversial, that in the case of OnePlus, this image is very unreal. We suspect this is due to throttling measures applied to battery life. But we have to wonder why the company must stay sneaky about it, not just have to tell its community directly before they are caught.
Or better yet, for this behavior, why not let users choose the default “balanced” performance mode, but instead allow users to manually select the “high performance” mode as needed and show them a warning when low battery is detected? OnePlus did not accepted it yet, hence there is a reasonto believe that this is because of the reason that the battery efficiency of the Snapdragon 888 chipset itself is not very high, or it might be the display, but then what’s the purpose of LTPO technology or switching to as low as 1Hz to save power?
Finally, no matter what the reason is for example, Oppo / OnePlus / Realme has 65W battery charging capacity, these subsidiaries don’t even have fast charging devices and 4500 + mAh batteries, this could’ve definitely been better handled.