Google Pixel 3 teardown reveals LG-made display, hinting at great progress for the company

Google Pixel 3 teardown reveals LG-made display, hinting at great progress for the company
While both the original Pixel and the Pixel 2 generation were billed as “made by Google”, this year’s Pixel 3 and 3 XL are actually the first phones designed in-house by the search giant with the help of former HTC employees.

It therefore didn’t really come as a surprise that the Pixel 3 XL uses a top-notch (pun intended) display from market leader Samsung, unlike the 2017 Pixel 2 XL, which was built by LG, sporting a sub-par OLED panel from the same company.

But after meticulously tearing down the larger of the two 2018 “pure Google” phones to make the aforementioned discovery, the DIY experts over at iFixit also cracked open a “vanilla” Pixel 3 to find something wholly unexpected.


That’s right, the 5.5-inch Google Pixel 3 comes with an LG OLED display, but fret not, as reviewers have equally given praise to the two new Pixel handsets for the stellar quality of their screens. And mind you, the Pixel 3 is not only smaller, but lower-res as well, at 2160 x 1080 pixels (or 443 ppi), compared to a 2960 x 1440 resolution resulting in a 523 ppi density on the 3 XL.

Thus, what LG seems to have pulled off here is outright remarkable. Keep in mind that the Samsung-made screen of the smaller Pixel 2 was widely considered superior to the LG-supplied Pixel 2 XL display in essentially every meaningful way.

No wonder Apple has finally found its secondary iPhone OLED screen manufacturer, and if LG is able to ramp up production quickly enough, the company may well take the lion’s share of 2019 supplies. 

Just like the Pixel 3 XL, the Pixel 3 is rated a 4 out of 10 for repairability, which isn’t great, apparently having everything else in common with its bigger brother too.

source: iFixit

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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 64 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 64 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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14 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Pixel 3 XL has a display made by Samsung , No wonder all the reviewers were raving about the display quality.

3. AbhiD

Posts: 857; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

And you didn't read the article, did ya ? Pixel 3 display made by LG is also being raved about it's quality.

5. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

That was in conjunction with last years pixel 2 xl's terrible display .

6. Pcworld1976

Posts: 184; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

If they had known that it is from LG they would have said that it is a s**t lol

11. philip_1

Posts: 46; Member since: Jul 28, 2009

Wow yeah...LG is Bad Bad...hahahaha.But don't worry they are going to change it and start finding defects just because it is made by LG. same they did with all my previous LG devices and never any of their acquisitions confirmed in my devices..Samsungarena!

2. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

Pixel 3 better sales than Pixel 3 XL, LG nice!

4. Pcworld1976

Posts: 184; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

Las pantallas de Samsung son basura, no se debe excitar tanto. https://youtu.be/skZ9yEV09UQ https://youtu.be/5hLk5AVQyvw

7. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 619; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

The first article said pixel 3XL but the video in the article said pixel 3 and it did not have a notch Soo I'm kinda confused here.

8. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Wait a minute, is the display on the regular Pixel 3 a P-OLED or an AMOLED?

9. aladab

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

They´re technically the same.

10. applesnapple93

Posts: 339; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Was considering the Pixel 3 but after a painful year of eye strain with the Pixel 2 XL I am back to square one...

12. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

So Pixel 3 XL this year?

14. Pcworld1976

Posts: 184; Member since: Sep 18, 2018

if you want to see saw teeth and washed colors if

13. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I don't get it, the Pixel 2 XL basically had the same screen as the LG V30/35 which was actually a pretty great display. Perhaps they "calibrated" it specially for Google.

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