By 24 October 2017 | Categories: news


Google’s next big thing, the Pixel 2 XL, has ran into some troubles, with reports stating that some of the 6” displays are experiencing screen burn.

Android Central’s executive editor, Alex Dobie posted an image online of one of their Pixel 2 XL review units. After about a week of use, burn-in from the navigation bar is visible on the bottom.  

Cnet noted similar burn-in on two of their review units, but on three other Pixel 2 XLs they investigated screen burn wasn’t present.

The POLED (plastic organic light emitting diode) screen is manufactured by LG, and has previously taken slack for a blue tint which appears at certain angles, plus dullish colour reproduction. Google has taken note and is looking into the issue, releasing the following statement:

"The Pixel 2 XL screen has been designed with an advanced POLED technology, including QHD+ resolution, wide color gamut, and high contrast ratio for natural and beautiful colors and renderings. We put all of our products through extensive quality testing before launch and in the manufacturing of every unit. We are actively investigating this report."

If you think back of old CRT monitors, screensavers were used to prevent pixels from permanently marking a ghost image on the screen. OLED screens have been noted to suffer from similar burn-in, although not as fast as experienced on the Pixel 2 XL. The phone’s smaller brother, the 5” Pixel 2 with its AMOLED screen, does not appear to suffer the same fate.

Google’s problems come on the back of Apple’s issues with the iPhone 8 Plus, with a handful of users reporting battery swelling issues. With a number of reviews praising the Pixel 2 XL for its superb camera and its sleek Android experience, hopefully Google can sort the problem out soon. 


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