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The Pixel 3 XL features a Samsung display after all

The Pixel 3 XL. (Source: Tom's Guide)
The Pixel 3 XL. (Source: Tom's Guide)
Long before the Pixel 3 devices were launched, rumors had it that the 3 XL would sport an OLED display made by LG. The device was released last week and reviews of its display have been extremely positive, all of which now makes sense as it's been revealed that the Pixel 3 XL sports a Samsung-made display, not an LG one as previously thought.

Google launched the Pixel 3 devices last week and, while the devices have mostly be applauded for their outstanding cameras, reviews have also pointed out how good their displays are. Well, it turns out that shouldn’t be much of a surprise, as the Pixel 3 XL’s display is made by Samsung.

The Pixel 2 XL was panned for having a less than optimal display. It’s QHD+ OLED panel was made by LG and suffered from a number of color reproduction issues—issues that were also found on the LG V30, LG’s flagship that was released around the same period as the Pixel 2 XL. Initial Pixel 3 XL rumors claimed it would also feature LG-made OLED panels but those have turned out to be false.

According to iFixit’s teardown, the new bigger Pixel uses Samsung-made QHD+ OLED panels. While the display panels aren’t the same as that on the Galaxy Note 9—the phones have different display sizes and Samsung would likely reserve the best screens for its best phone—both devices boast of similar display qualities, an idea evidenced by DisplayMate’s review of the Pixel 3 XL.

Samsung and Google may be the winners in this case but we can’t help feeling bad for LG, as it had become taken for granted that the company had worked out all the kinks in its display technology. We’ll have to wait for more hands-on reviews of the LG V40’s display before passing judgment, though.

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Ricci Rox, 2018-10-17 (Update: 2018-10-17)
Ricci Rox
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I'm a freelance copywriter who lives and dies for tech. Android, ​especially. The smartphone market is one going through an impressive growth spurt, so I crawl the Internet with keen interest in a technological ecosystem that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.