The display on the Pixel 3 XL will be based on OLED technology, and it’ll reportedly be made by a controversial partner.
Google isn’t giving up on LG Display after making a serious investment in the company last year. The Pixel 3 XL, according to mobile industry insider Ice Universe, will stick with an LG-made OLED panel just like its predecessor. While many prefer OLED over LCD, LG’s involvement is somewhat worrying.
When the Pixel 2 XL launched in 2017, the flagship was subject to widespread criticism over its display. The OLED panel appeared to be subpar in every way and a large number of units shipped with defects. The Pixel 2 XL’s display isn’t actually atrocious, but you do expect more given Google’s near-$1 billion payment to make a custom OLED panel.
Google, as well as consumers, should be concerned anyway. Assuming the report is accurate, it’s also a risky move as LG’s been struggling with OLED technology even in 2018.
Apple asked the company to make OLED panels for the upcoming iPhone models; however, word got out that LG was facing significant problems during production. LG appears to have ironed them out since, but there are still obvious concerns because the company keeps stumbling upon new issues. With its mobile division dwindling, the display-making division needs to pick up business.
The smaller Pixel 3, however, should have an LCD panel for its display. Alleged screen protectors for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL surfaced online recently, and they show Google will still create noticeable a divide between its two models.
We’re bound to find out more in the coming months, and then everything will be confirmed in the fall. Google is likely to announce its 2018 flagship in October alongside several other products at a hardware-focused event.