OnePlus found itself embogged down in (another) controversy last week, which concerned its software skin, OxygenOS, limiting the most popular apps on a daily basis on the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro. We have explained what happened in detail in this article which concerns the company’s initial response to these claims.
Today, OnePlus is back with what it thinks is a better and deeper explanation of why it was doing what it was caught doing. It’s certainly a longer text than the answer to a paragraph he published last week, but we’re not sure that does the company any favours either.
Here is the striking quote:
In recent years, the performance of Smartphone SoCs has reached a point where their power is often excessive in certain scenarios for many applications, including social media, browsers, and even some lightweight games. With this in mind, our team has shifted its focus from simply delivering pure performance to delivering the performance you expect from our devices while reducing power consumption and heat dissipation. To be more precise, we want to match each application with the most appropriate performance it needs.
The rest essentially confirms the exact behavior that AnandTech spotted last week, and continues to reassure you, all this is in the name of battery life and heat dissipation, in a way that leaves out a few elements.
First, according to the tweet below from the author of this AnandTech article, the actual gains in battery life through the use of this scheme are ridiculously marginal. Like, seriously, a few minutes of extra running time? Is this what justified not only doing this, but hiding it from users?
OP9Pro battery: Vivaldi at full performance but inevitably limited to 60 Hz gets 11h56m in the web test, Chrome perf paralyzed at 60Hz gets 11h59m. One wonders whether the tragedy was worth it.
– Andrei F. (@andreif7) July 8, 2021
Secondly, there is another solution that a company has access to when the battery life is not satisfactory, and that is the launch of this phone with a larger cell.
Thirdly, there are increasingly complicated (and therefore expensive) solutions, both in terms of price but also in terms of the space they have to occupy inside) for an increasingly efficient heat dissipation, and it seems that OnePlus has chosen a software solution ” to compensate for some hardware defects in these areas.
If you want to read the full explanation of OnePlus, be sure to head to the linked source below. We still think that this “scandal” wouldn’t have been so bad if the company had been outspoken with its customers about it, made it the default behavior, but also gave people a way to turn it off if they wanted to – with a battery life warning beforehand if need be.