The Pixel 2 XL features 6-inch plastic OLED (P-OLED) display designed by LG. The tall 18:9 display has a pixel resolution of 2880 x 1440. The display isn’t that splendid like Samsung’s AMOLED panel, but it manages to do its job well.
The new flagship from Google faced severe criticism initially due to varied issues on its display. Early reviewers reported about screen burn-in, colour shifts when the display was viewed ‘off-axis’, touch screen latency on the display edge. Google managed to resolve some of the annoying bugs with software updates. However, the blue tint still residue to some degree.
Moving on, the QHD+ screen offers crisp details with a high pixel density of 538ppi. Streaming HR content magnifies the experience. The sunlight legibility is good, and we didn’t face any problem while scrolling through the content under harsh daylight. The colours are not that vibrant, however, if you tap on the ‘Saturated’ option in ‘Advanced’ section under Display settings, the colours pop up bright (though natural tone slightly wanes). The new Pixel now has ‘Always On’ mode that shows notifications & time and you can look at it by tapping on the screen. Further, like the previous Pixel XL, it has on-screen navigation keys.
The viewing angles are decent, but the polarized glass panel is reflective and on certain occasion we had difficulty reading the content, scrolling the Settings menu and even while watching video when light directly hit the front panel.
Overall, the display is decent but for a flagship we expected the Pixel 2 XL to deliver better performance. Comparatively, the Apple’s premium iPhone X and Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 would be a finer option if you are looking for a phone that has a display with vibrant colour reproduction.