If you missed it last week, news broke that OnePlus has strangled the Snapdragon 888 processor on OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. When details about it came to light, OnePlus played it pretty cool and issued a small statement. From the statement, we gathered that OnePlus is just trying to ensure that the Snapdragon 888 does not burn through the device̵
Now OnePlus is back with a whole blog post about the situation, as if we needed to drag this fake controversy further. In my opinion, it is OnePlus’ right to adjust what they want on the device to deliver the experience they want to the consumer. Could they have been a little more forward-looking or transparent in how they did this? Sure, but they do not break any rules here. Was anyone actually affected by what OnePlus did? I saw no complaint. If anything, OnePlus did not do enough, because the problems they were trying to solve still lie on the devices, such as overheating of the device and battery operation.
Here is a piece from OnePlus’ latest blog post on Throttlegate.
For the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, when opening apps or heavy games, the Snapdragon 888 processor, including the super-powerful X1 CPU core, will run at full speed for best performance. But with actions that do not require maximum power, such as reading a web page or browsing Twitter and Instagram, it is not necessary for the CPU to run at almost 3GHz to do it right. OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro reduce the CPU frequency in these scenarios to reduce power consumption and heat dissipation while maintaining a smooth experience.
The OnePlus R&D team also maintains a list of apps – based on the most popular Google Play Store apps – that we try to optimize, including some of the apps you know and love like Chrome, Twitter, Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat , YouTube, Discord, Microsoft Office plus our own apps. All this optimization is only done after our test team ensures that the actual user experience is not negatively affected.
I will stick to my original belief that OnePlus will make this throat business an actual feature in the Battery menu section of the device. That way, there is at least one on / off switch for those who care. People who play mobile games may want to make sure that their device runs at top performance. Knowing that there is software from your phone that can limit CPU performance can be a problem.
In the court for the smartphone law, where I am judge Tato, I hereby find the defendant, OnePlus, not guilty. However, I do task OnePlus with being more transparent and forthcoming when it comes to adjusting CPU performance. Do not treat consumers like idiots, and maybe we will not waste time talking about things like this.