Chromium performance tanks in some experiments were 85-75%.
The latest OEM smartphone that plays hard with the hardware is OnePlus. Depending on who you want to believe, the company is either a fraud or "performance improvement" measure. But everyone - including OnePlus - seems to agree that OnePlus controls app performance out of users' hands and decides what maximum speed is on a user's device and not allowed to run. p>
The story begins with Andrei Frommosano of AnandTech. Frumusanu recently reviewed the performance of the OnePlus 9 and found that it severely affects Chrome OS and other popular apps. At times, Chrome seems to have been limited to Cortex-A55 cores, largely ignoring the phone's computing power found on the larger A78 and X1 cores.
Why does every original manufacturer want to make their own phone? slower in popular programs? Frumusanu thought this was a good way to cheat standards:
We've found that OnePlus blacklists popular apps away from the fastest cores, slowing down your workload, and becoming as common as browsing the web. We have verified that: (a) standards or (b) unknown software is fully functional. Most well-known non-standard performance programs are significantly reduced. This may be to improve battery life for performance, but it does mean that normal benchmark results are somewhat useless to the user experience.
Geekbench's well-known benchmark software quickly dismissed the report and banned OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro from its benchmark layouts, saying, "We consider this to be a bit of a manipulation of the benchmark." Geekbench is also planning to review other OnePlus phones that it has. OnePlus ads have responded to all of this, and hey... do you agree with everyone else? The company has released an official statement to XDA Developers:
Our top priority has always been to provide a great user experience with our products, which is based in part on fast performance in critical user feedback. After the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro launched in March, some users told us about some areas where we can improve the device's battery life and heat management. As a result of these comments, our R&D team has spent the past few months trying to improve device performance when using 300 of the most popular applications, including Chrome, by adapting the application processor needs to the most appropriate power. This will help you to have a smooth experience while reducing power consumption. Although this may affect hardware performance in some benchmarking applications, our focus has always been on being able to improve device performance for our users.
It is very worrying that the company decided to reduce the performance of the device after the launch of the phone and more media reviews. Customers are not getting what they expect now. This is not just a simple change. AnandTech article shows that some Chrome experiments change numbers 85-75% below what is allowed. It's hard to imagine any user wanting to slow down their web browser drastically, but any weird OEM management trick should always be behind the check box - users should be able to control the hardware they've purchased. > List of photos by Ron Amadeo p>
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