The Pixel 2 XL was almost universally praised when it launched, but it had one issue that everyone seemed to notice. The LG-made OLED was consistently blasted in reviews. As time went on, Google tightened up quality control and the displays seemed to get better. Hopefully, we won’t have a repeat of the situation this year as it looks like LG will be making the displays again.
LG is Back
According to Ice Universe, a well-known Weibo leaker, the Pixel 3 XL will have an OLED display with a notch made by LG. This information was first reported by the Digital Daily, a Korean publication with no track record of Google leaks. However, the Weibo posting adds more weight to the report.
People will probably not be happy to hear that LG is providing the displays again, but Google should have the situation under control this time. We’d be surprised if they make the same mistake twice. Last year’s debacle should be a good lesson in the importance of quality control.
The Notch is Real
There have been rumors floating around about the Pixel 3 having a notch, but this Weibo posting is the first reliable source we’ve seen. With the recent trend in smartphones to minimize bezels and the notch features in Android P, this is really no surprise.
The Korean publication mentions how LCD displays with notches cost almost as much as standard OLED panels, while a notched OLED display can be up to 25% more. This is pure speculation, but the notch could end up increasing the price of the Pixel 3 XL. It would be LG’s first device with a notched OLED panel, since the LG G7 ThinQ has a notched LCD panel and the recently announced LG V35 ThinQ has an OLED panel without a notch.
We have just a few more months until Google’s Fall hardware event. With the rumors of a Pixel smartwatch, updated Pixel Buds, and the Pixel 3 devices, it’s looking we’ll have a lot of new hardware. What are your thoughts on LG displays and notches?