Your random Pixel 3 screen flickering issues can only be 'fixed' with a replacement

Your random Pixel 3 screen flickering issues can only be 'fixed' with a replacement
If you’re thinking about buying a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL at a nice discount next week from the Google Store, you might want to stop and consider the risks and potential compromises. At first, you’ll probably love the silky smooth stock Android experience. That is, if you’re lucky enough to avoid those pesky memory management malfunctions.

But even if you are, it seems pretty much impossible to own a completely glitch-free Pixel 3 handset. Obviously, different issues will make their presence felt on different units, but there simply appear to be too many bugs to steer clear of.

Some may not even be software-related, like a screen flickering situation described and illustrated by a Redditor earlier this week. Basically, the notchless display on Google’s smaller 2018 phone will occasionally and randomly flash a bright white light threatening to blind its owner in addition to causing terrible annoyance.

At first, the issue was purportedly noticed only on the lock screen, but it quickly turned into a recurrent nightmare happening more and more often during normal usage as well. While this particular behavior doesn’t appear to be quite as widespread as the aforementioned memory management mishaps or even overheating situations while charging the Pixel 3, it’s not a one-off occurrence either.

A number of other Reddit users chimed in with their own similar experiences since Tinksy’s original post, and sadly, the only way to “fix” this problem is to return and replace faulty units. 

Turning off the ambient display feature could also work, but that’s more of a workaround than a proper fix, not to mention there’s always a possibility the problematic behavior will make its way back at some point.

Related phones

Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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12 Comments

1. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1067; Member since: May 01, 2017

I would like to know how many were actually affected by this. I can go on the internet and literally search and find a reported issue about any phone

2. Venom

Posts: 2669; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Right? Despite what some people say, Google shouldn't exit the smartphone market and continue to make Pixel phones.

6. Subie

Posts: 2221; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'd like to see Google continue as well. But they've got to start doing better than this. IMO their hardware chief Rick Osterloh needs to be shown the door at this point.

10. Venom

Posts: 2669; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I agree. They have to do better. I think they should pick up some of Motorola's former talent and HTC.

3. Bobbii

Posts: 30; Member since: Jan 18, 2017

LG panels always have problems. Pixel 2XL last year, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Pixel 3 this year.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1266; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I'm so happy for choosing the Xperia XZ3 over the Pixel 3XL. Third generation in a row of really horrible quality.

5. anixo

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 14, 2018

Good choice

11. Venom

Posts: 2669; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I'm not convinced that Sony is a good choice.

12. Feanor

Posts: 1266; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

It's the only choice; Samsung and the Chinese mess up with Android. I find it totally embarrassing to have a device with two digital assistants and UX inconsistencies, because the OEM has different interests from the software provider. Huawei is one of the three biggest OEMs and they still embarrass themselves with cheap iOS knockoffs. There is a handful of OEMs that offer a consistent Android build, Google, Nokia, Motorola and Sony; Google has proven that they have poor quality control, Nokia are reluctant to show a true flagship and have traditionally poor screens, Motorola are ugly as hell and, despite stock Android, their Chinese overlord messes up with updates. Sony have fantastic build quality, the XZ3 on top has a beautiful design, they are fast and have great cameras with half the number of lenses than others. And of course a consistent Android build and nearly Pixel-level support.

7. raju516

Posts: 19; Member since: May 05, 2016

I agree to ur caution who are going to buy pixel 3. May be u should be worrying more people who buy xs and xs Max which has serious lte, wiifi issues Why no article cautioning users buying an iPhone xs, xs max which has serious lte, wifi connectivity issues

8. slashas

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Because were aren’t any? Do you actually have iPhone with such issue? Mine works just fine ;)

9. sissy246

Posts: 6821; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

There so stop acting like there isn't

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