This year’s Google Pixel 3 XL is using OLED display from Samsung, not LG, revealed iFixit teardown on Tuesday. iFixit tore down both new Google flagship smartphones in their lab and what has come as a surprise, is that Google has ditched LG’s OLED display over Samsung’s AMOLED panel. Moreover, it uses the same touch controller part used in the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
That’s in contrast to last year’s Google Pixel 2 XL‘s OLED panel, which was manufactured by LG. As for the regular Pixel 3, iFixit hasn’t said anything about the display panel, but it seems that it might also be from Samsung.
“Samsung’s panels should be a little more reliable than last year’s, but unfortunately this one comes with a Samsung-esque repair process as well,” writes iFixit.
They have also noted that replacing Google Pixel 3 screen will be tricky, and it will most likely require replacing the whole frame of the phone, which will add to the cost. Overall, iFixit has also rated down the repairability score of new Google Pixel 3 devices to 4 out of 10. Previous, Google Pixel 2 XL had 6/10 and the original Pixel XL repairability score was 7/10.
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Earlier this week, DisplayMate awarded Google Pixel 3 XL’s OLED panel as ‘Best Smartphone Display’ in an exhaustive shootout. It earned Highest A+ Rating in their testing. According to DisplayMate, Google improved the display on multiple quality parameters, including ‘Absolute Picture Quality’ and ‘Absolute Color Accuracy’. This has been achieved by implementing ‘Precision Factory Display Calibration’, moving the overall Pixel 3 XL display performance up to record-setting outstanding levels.