Google Pixel 3 XL teardown confirms Samsung AMOLED display

Donna Miller
October 16, 2018

There was speculation that Google would stick with LG POLEDs for the Pixel 3 XL, since Google has invested over $800 million in LG's display production business.

The first to do so is the trusty iFixit, and while digging through the Pixel 3 XL's innards didn't result in any groundbreaking discoveries, there are still a few interesting changes compared to the last generation of Pixel phones.

Turns out it's a Samsung AMOLED, the same type of display (though not necessarily the same screen) that appears in Samsung's latest Galaxy models such as the Note 9 and the Pixel 3's predecessors, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The Pixel 2 XL's LG OLED screen was plagued with problems, and Google apparently chose to diversify display suppliers.

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iFixit's latest teardown took on the new Google Pixel 3 XL and while there weren't a lot of surprises, it did clear up one of the remaining mysteries about the phone: Which company made its display. But on the other hand, this makes it much harder to open. It sounds like removing the display might be a problem area for the Pixel 3 XL, but the good news is that once you get in, performing a common fix should be fairly easy.

What else? Well, the battery's just a smidgen smaller than the one in the Pixel 2 XL, and the battery is replaceable - if you're really, really careful.

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