The past few days have seen several reports of an issue with one of Google’s flagship offerings this year, the impressive Pixel 2 XL. The issue in particular revolves around the device’s screen, which appears to be exhibiting muted hues and a rather curious bluish tint. Others have also reported a grainy texture that shows up on the screen when one scrolls down web pages
Google has since responded to the issue -- in a statement sent to 9to5Google, the tech giant has fully acknowledged the issue, and has promised to work on developing a fix soon. According to the company, it is looking to come up with a solution through software means, and the fix should be made available to owners of the Pixel 2 XL soon.
The muted colors of the Pixel 2 XL were first noticed by users when they compared the device’s screen to other handsets, like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8. Even when activating the Vivid mode on the Pixel 2 XL, colors still come out as somewhat faint when compared with the Galaxy Note 8. Sure, the difference is not as clear as night and day, but for tech enthusiasts out there, it might be disappointing, to say the least.
As for the bluish tint, it is not easy to spot. When the Pixel 2 XL’s screen is positioned evenly fronting one’s eyes, the colors all appear normal (well, except for the muted colors, see previous paragraph). But when tilting the device a little bit, the colors shift into a blue hue. To be perfectly clear, blue discoloration is often observed in other handsets, especially those with curved glass edges on the sides. The Pixel 2 XL’s blue shift, however, is easily more discernible.
And now for the grainy texture, this issue may be the least detectable. But those who have observed it are quite consistent in describing the effect. Interestingly, it only happens when one is scrolling down on web pages. Those who saw the effect describe what appears to be tiny rainbow splotch things that show up on the surface of the screen. Others claim it is a grainy effect normally seen in images that were captured in settings with inadequate light.
Some are saying that the grainy texture is kind of reminiscent of the effect observed in preview units of LG’s V30. Now, it is no secret that LG is the manufacturer of the P-OLED screen used in the Pixel 2 XL. Could this be a case of a bad batch of P-OLED screens from LG? Maybe, maybe not. Still, it probably will not matter when Google rolls out the fix.
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