iFixit’s teardown reveals the Pixel 3 XL uses Samsung OLED displays

As the Pixel 3 XL is already out, you might have gone through its announcements and reviews. But, there are still a few more things to know about it. Let’s consider iFixit, which recently teared down the Pixel 3 XL to discover its insides.

iFixit always tries its hand on every new flagship smartphone. And as always, it carried out its practice on the Google Pixel 3 XL. Tearing down the new Pixel 3 XL revealed many additions to the specs mentioned in the device’s spec list. With its hands on the Pixel 3, the iFixit team found the same Pixel Visual Core found in the Pixel 2 XL, the new Titan M Security chip, and the most interesting thing is about its display. Its a Samsung AMOLED display.


Moving from LG to Samsung’s display is acceptable as it will provide a saturated display. The Pixel 2 XL’s had an LG OLED display. But, as compared to the other phones at that time, Pixel 2 XL’s display performed poor. The LG OLED display panel was a big issue with the last year’s Pixel 2 XL.

LG OLED display vs Samsung OLED display

Last year, LG returned into the OLED smartphone market after remaining absent for years. But, it was way behind from others in the competition. Its display was dirty and grainy, and had a low-looking brightness. Also, there were few burn-in issues. Many users complained of its display shifting colors when looked at from different angles. Currently, the smartphone OLED display king is Samsung. The company uses displays for its own Galaxy line of phones, and supplies the same for Apple’s flagships.

As the Pixel 2 XL’s display had many issues, moving to the Samsung’s displays was expected with the new Pixel 3 XL. With the Pixel 3 XL, you’ll get the best OLED display currently in the market. And obviously, its from the smartphone OLED display leader, Samsung.


According to the ratings of iFixit, the Pixel 3 XL gets 4 out of 10 for repairability. It is even worse than the last year’s Pixel 2 XL’s, which had 6 out of 10. The fragile, all-glass panel, the display-at-the-bottom design, and an excess of glue construction make the device a lot harder to replace as compared to the last year. So, in terms of repairability, the Pixel 3 XL has messed up as you need to take the whole phone apart.

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