Some Google Pixel 2 XL Users Already Plagued By Screen Burn-Ins
By Yoon Sann Wong, 23 Oct 2017
It looks like Apple isn’t the only one suffering from faulty units within its early batch of iPhone 8 gadgets. Earlier this month, cases of some iPhone 8 models splitting apart surfaced in various countries including Taiwan and Japan.
Now, Google is investigating reports of screen burn-ins from the software navigation buttons that’s plaguing early users of its Pixel 2 XL smartphone. Android Central’s executive editor Alex Dobie was one of the first to highlight the issue. “That’s some pretty wild OLED burn-in on the Pixel 2 XL after maybe 7 days of full-time use,” he captioned inside a tweet.
What is screen burn-in?
Screen burn-in occurs when you alter what’s on the gadget’s display, but leftover or “ghost” images remain where they shouldn’t. It usually happens with OLED panels and takes several months of use before surfacing.
Stephen Hall, managing editor at 9to5Google, similarly reported screen burn-in on his Pixel 2 XL. Though not as severe as Dobie’s case, Hall notes that the device has only been in use for roughly 10 days, spanning a few solid hours each day. Writer Justin Duino of 9to5Google likewise tweeted another case of screen burn-in, though less serious.
Android Central reached out to Google for comment, to which the tech company replied:
“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.”
How to check if your Pixel 2 XL has screen burn-in
Andrew Martonik and Jerry Hildenbrand from Android Central have provided a simple method to check if your Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone has screen burn-in, and what to do in the event that your gadget is affected. Find out how to diagnose your Pixel 2 XL here.
In related news, watch the Google Pixel 2 get put through a brutal durability test that shows reality versus its marketing.
That's some pretty wild OLED burn-in on the Pixel 2 XL after maybe 7 days of full-time use pic.twitter.com/EPJTs6D0Kg— Alex Dobie (@alexdobie) October 22, 2017
Well, hello there. I have burn-in on my 2 XL. Not as bad as some, but this is maybe 10 days of not even being used as a primary device. pic.twitter.com/g600Gw1GdK— Stephen Hall (@hallstephenj) October 22, 2017
Welp, looks like my Pixel 2 XL also has burn in. It's still faint but I adjusted the colors to make it more visible pic.twitter.com/ZPfmZeMoWO— Justin Duino (@jaduino) October 22, 2017
[via 9to5Google and Android Central, main image via Google Store]
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