Google Faces Pixel 2 XL Screen Burn-In Dilemma

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Google is investigating reports that review units of its new Pixel 2 XL smartphones have problems with their display screens.

A nightmare may be headed towards Google which concerns the newly launched Pixel 2 XL smartphone from the technology giant.

The issue seen in the above Pixel 2 XL can't be immediately defined as burn-in, though, as OLED screens can also encounter image retention.

Slated to launch on 27 October in India, Google is going to have a tough time on its hands getting the larger Pixel 2 XL into the hands of consumers.

Screen burn-in is not a new problem for the smartphone users around the world. If you remember the early days of PCs and the need for screen savers - the flying toaster that moved around the screen when not in use - that was to prevent screen burn-in.

Put simply, burn-in occurs when a screen displays the same imagery for an extended period of time - causing a ghost outline of the image to "hang around" even after the screen is changed to display something else. Android Central reached out to Google, who confirmed they are actively investigating the problem.

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The report noted that "one of our Pixel 2 XL review units, in use for about a week, is already seeing some pretty insane levels of burn-in".

The first issue Pixel 2 XL owners started noticing was the screen's inconsistent color temperature, most noticeable when viewing anything with a white background.

Now a new issue has hit Google Pixel 2 XL - burn-ins.

To prevent burn-in from the screen's virtual home button, Samsung's programmed it to move by a few pixels every few seconds.

"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 lovely colors and renderings". We aren't sure which of the two companies is handling final shipments, but regardless there's a level of accountability when the phones are being branded as "Made by Google". Keep in mind that none of the Pixel 2 models use physical buttons and instead rely on software navigation buttons to get the job done.

We can only hope that Google and LG will fix this soon. The OnePlus 5, meanwhile, was said to have a wobbly screen when scrolling fast.