Google says the Pixel 8’s rugged displays are nothing to worry about – Ars Technica
Pixel phones always seem to come with some weird hardware, and this year not all the parts inside the phone fit properly. Some users have reported “bumpy” displays on the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro. The notches are not in the top surface, which is still smooth glass, but in the OLED display under Glass, which can show raised ridges and is usually circular. The components inside the phone appear to press against the back of the OLED display, creating visible bumps under the right lighting conditions. Google provided a statement about the issue to 9to5Google and said there is no need to worry.
The Pixel 8 phones have a new display. When the screen is turned off, not in use and in certain lighting conditions, some users may see impressions of the device components that look like small bumps. There is no functional impact on Pixel 8 performance or durability.
This is definitely interesting. All phones come with “new” screens, so what exactly does the first sentence mean? Granted, notches aren’t present on every Pixel 8, and even the rugged displays aren’t noticeable in normal use. All the photos and videos out there involve people shining flashlights at a locked screen, so it’s not the end of the world. It’s just worrying that the sensitive OLED panel is there Infected By internal components. Will this be okay in the long run? Does this make the glass or OLED panel more likely to break after impact? It’s definitely not an ordinary phone build.
Match a video of the pimple marks with a teardown, and you’ll usually be able to spot the offending item. They are usually screw heads, spring clips designed to hold some component to the screen’s copper, or the corners of some other component being tucked in. There’s no single component responsible for each hole, so the components appear too close to the screen on some models. In fact, YouTube user JerryRigEverything dismantled a Pixel 8 Pro that had a rugged display. This isn’t pointed out in the video, but freeze it and you’ll see some worrying indentations in the copper plate on the back of the screen that you can try to match to the other half of the phone. They are almost puncture marks!
It’s also strange that this just happens some Pixel 8s, suggesting it’s a quality control issue rather than a purposeful decision in the never-ending pursuit of thinness. So what’s going on, Google? Are some screws too long? Are things not being torqued properly? If you really want to smash components together like this, you know you can get flat-head screws that are flush-mounted, right?
A clear sign that this is an actual issue would be an OLED display that is internally cracked but does not have a broken glass cover. We haven’t seen this happen yet, but if it does, you know where to email.
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