Some Google Nexus 7 displays suffer from “image retention” problems, pre-production units only affected?

Some Google Nexus 7 displays suffer from “image retention” problems, pre-production units only affected?
The Asus-made Google Nexus 7 is without a doubt a device that will change the tablet landscape - it comes with a mind-boggling price of $199 and promises a no-compromise Android experience. One area where it shines is the high-res LCD IPS display, which comes with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels which works out to a very high pixel density on the 7-inch screen. However, in some pre-production units early testers are now reporting an issue that might ruin the experience if - and hopefully it will not - it appears in some form on the final units.

The issue is officially referred to as “image retention,” an effect of having the last thing you saw on your screen before switching to something else remain visible as a shadow. The shadowing effect is something that actually is typical for IPS displays, but on the Nexus 7 pre-production units it’s manifesting itself more frequently.

On some IPS display you can still see for a short time a shadowy trace of your previous screen IF you switch from say black to white screen, or places with similarly big contrast. On the Nexus 7, though, this is happening even when there’s no such huge color tonality difference.

Android Police contacted Asus for a comment, and the company reassured that the issue could not be replicated on final units, so there shouldn’t be any problems. Let’s keep our fingers crossed all is fine on the production Nexus 7 tablet units.

source: Android Police

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1. 09wbd03516

Posts: 140; Member since: May 30, 2012

Things might change if nexus use samoled screen Or appoint samsung to manufacture the tablet

2. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Yes, but then you do not get it under $200.

4. AbhiD

Posts: 720; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

samoled screens suffer from much pronounced "burn in" problem

6. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

Not when your switching from one screen to another. Burn in on amoled are from objects that are stationary for many months (ie status bar, home icons etc) My captivate and S2 still do not have any burnin issues. I did use a 3rd party launcher with hide notification/status bar option)

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I hope that this won't be a problem like the "burn in" on some amoled screens


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

There is nothing wrong with your tablet, you're looking at it wrong.

7. mgonzalez

Posts: 23; Member since: Jun 12, 2011

I have the same image retention problem with my galaxy nexus running jelly bean. :/

9. hexman

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

I have gnex running jb.I have never seen such a problem on it:-/.

8. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

even when kindle fire was released it had issues with wifi connectivity. it all depends how soon they fix it up

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