Here’s What OLED Burn-In Looks Like on the Google Pixel 2 XL After Just a Week


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Google’s Pixel 2 XL has been known for not packing the best screen. The company even said they’re willing to fix things if it’ll improve their product. But I’m not sure if the software route they’re taking in this regard will resolve a new issue discovered by a user.

According to Alex Dobie, executive editor at Android Central, he’s been using the Pixel 2 XL regularly like anyone else for the past week and has experienced some pretty serious OLED burn-in. If you’re unfamiliar with this, it’s basically what happens when pixels on a display with something like an OLED panel are on for extended periods of time and end up burning the screen in their exact positions. In this case, the navigation bar is being accused of burning his screen so when he turns it off, you can see the bar as if the phone is on and the brightness is turned down.


Worth noting is that Dobie claims the same thing hasn’t happened on the smaller 5-inch Pixel 2. It seems the display the Pixel 2 XL packs (provided by LG) is merely loaded with bugs and incorrections that, to some users, ruin the experience of using the device. According to Google, these issues (or at least the burn-in problem) are being actively examined. Hopefully, things get resolved sooner than later.

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.

Update 10-23-2017 8:15 AM: Updated to reflect statement from Google


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