Since the release of the OnePlus 5, the company has released several updates to address a variety of problems and issues. Most of them have been minor, although the most recent update to OxygenOS for the OnePlus 5 addressed a significant problem with dialing 911. Hopefully these post launch jitters are behind the company as it starts work on the next significant update with a concentration on improvements or new features. According to one source, OnePlus plans to include a major enhancement to power management on the OnePlus 5 that will have a significant, noticeable result in battery life for users.
A source familiar with work being done on the OxygenOS code says OnePlus is working to fully implement the EAS – Energy Aware Scheduling – code included in the base Linux kernel. EAS code was implemented so that Android could take advantage of big.LITTLE architectures being used by chip manufacturers, like Qualcomm includes in the Snapdragon 835. The EAS manages the different cores in order to better allocate and use those cores in a more efficient manner, especially based on how a user may be using their device.
For owners of the OnePlus 5, the end result of this development work will be the ability to have the screen on for up to 7 hours at a time while only consuming 50% of the battery. The big caveat to this claim right now is that there is no information about what kind of parameters that assumes. For example, is this based on being connected to a wireless network or just WiFi, or what the brightness of the screen is, or even how it is being used like playing a video or just a static display.
Although Google added EAS code to the kernel more than a year ago, adoption by manufacturers of smartphones is still severely limited. Only recently did Google even make it available for an update to the Pixel phones. Other devices based on the Snapdragon 835 should be able to take advantage of it as well.
Although no timeline has been mentioned, the next update which is believed to be version 4.6 of OxygenOS is expected in just a few weeks.
If OnePlus can implement a significant improvement in battery life for the OnePlus 5, do you think that helps make the case for the existence of the OnePlus 5?