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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  • Display 5.5 inches
    2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2915 mAh
  • OS Android 10
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3430 mAh
  • OS Android 10

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