Google Pixel 3 XL teardown reveals a Samsung display

By | 17th October 2018
Google Pixel 3 XL teardown

The Google Pixel 2 XL was the target of a lot of criticism because of its display, which many said was subpar. It looks like Google turns things around with the Pixel 3 XL screen, though, and a new teardown has shed some light on why that might be.

The folks at iFixit today posted a teardown of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, and they discovered that the OLED screen used in the phones comes from Samsung. That's a change from last year, when the Pixel 2 XL's display was made by LG.

When the Pixel 2 XL launched last year, many users complained that its display wasn't as vibrant as other OLED screens and that there was a noticeable blue tint when viewing the screen at an angle, among other issues. Google responded to those complaints by adding a "saturated" color mode to make colors more vibrant, but the Pixel 2 XL never really shook its reputation. The good news is that it sounds like the Pixel 3 XL's screen is pretty nice — though some folks would argue that the notch ruins it — and it looks like that's thanks to this Samsung panel.

Overall, iFixit gave the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL a repairability score of 4 out of 10, which is down from the Pixel 2's score of 6 out of 10 and the original Pixel's score of 7 out of 10. iFixit praises the fact that there's a "repair-friendly stretch-release adhesive" on the battery, but says that display repairs are more difficult because they require a complete disassembly of the phone. There are a lot more neat photos and details on the internals of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL in iFixit's report, so hit the link below to check 'em out.