When it initial launched in October, Google’s Pixel 2 XL was met with a ton of critique — many of it coming from me — about a subpar display. Among a issues identified by reviewers were pale colors, a intensity picture influence problem, and, many apparent of all, a terrible blue change anytime we were looking during a shade during an angle (a common emanate to OLED screens that’s generally bad on a 2 XL). It was all critical adequate to prompt Google to extend a Pixel 2 XL guaranty by a year and emanate a program refurbish to recalibrate a phone’s colors. The one thing Google couldn’t repair was that blue tone shift, though as it turns out, that problem isn’t concept to all Pixel 2 XLs: some inclination out there don’t have it scarcely as bad as others.
I was initial alerted to this fact by a Jerome Ortega video above, wherein he demonstrates how his newer Pixel 2 XL has a warmer arrangement that exhibits really small color-shifting when slanted during an angle. It is, by all accounts and appearances, usually a many improved display. we got reason of a newer Pixel 2 XL this past week and, certain enough, it too has a scarcely sum deficiency of blue tone shift. It’s roughly as good as looking during a complicated OLED row from Samsung, and we can see it graphic on a left in a picture during a tip of this article.
Doing a bit of digging around a subject, I’ve been means to discern that a arrangement indication and retailer haven’t changed: it’s still LG Display that’s providing a 6-inch OLED shade in all Pixel 2 XLs. Furthermore, this doesn’t seem to be a matter of a comparison phones carrying worse displays than a newer ones: a 2 XL that we have with a good shade was built in October, since commenters in an XDA thread about a Pixel 2 XL’s shade woes still news shopping “distractingly blue” displays done in December.
Having spent a lot of time with a older, bluer Pixel 2 XL over a past integrate of months, we can contend that it’s serviceable even with a unlawful screen. You’ll never adore a experience, though it’s an fine concede to make for a consequence of a awesome camera performance and battery life that this device provides. But here’s a thing: there are Pixel 2 XLs on sale that don’t ask for that compromise. My newer device is many easier on a eyes and creates me honestly gratified to reason and play with it (in partial since it also has a prettier panda colorway).
Ultimately, this conditions appears to be another disaster of Google’s hardware peculiarity control. Beside carrying such a far-reaching dissimilarity in peculiarity among a displays, a association also managed to boat out some Pixel 2 units without an handling system, some others with dull packaging, and another that literally failed a peculiarity control test. we haven’t nonetheless been means to get a acceptable response from Google on this matter, though will refurbish this essay should one be forthcoming.
In an ideal world, usually a nicer, improved screens would be creation it out to retail, and each Pixel 2 XL would demeanour as good as a one I’m currently using. But we’re not vital in that world, and for now during least, we’re mostly left anticipating and guessing about accurately what arrange of a arrangement we’d get when grouping a Pixel 2 XL.
Update Jan 15th, 4:25PM ET: Google has declined to criticism on a matter.