Google chooses price over design by allegedly using a rigid OLED screen on Pixel 6
Young says both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will use panels produced by Samsung. Young adds that Pixel 6, to save money, will use a rigid OLED screen. The latter uses a glass substrate and is more likely to be damaged than a flexible one. It is also more likely to crack if lost. Still it is cheaper and Google hopes to use the price savings to sell the phone at a lower price.
DSCC CEO Ross Young says Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will use screens from Samsung
For example, a rigid OLED screen was used Pixel 4a and that handset had an affordable price of $ 349. Young has pointed out that the price of a rigid OLED panel is only a third of the price of a flexible OLED screen. Saving money is great for a manufacturer, but sometimes it costs to lose the company’s customers.
For example, the rigid OLED panels do not allow razor-sharp frames on a handset, which is reportedly why Apple does not use them on the iPhone. If this report is legitimate, Google decided between price and design when it came to Pixel 6 and has chosen design.
There are still many unknowns when it comes to the screens on the new Pixel 6 models. For example, will Google Abolish Sammy’s LTPO Backplane Technology? With this technology, monitors that use fast refresh rates can save battery life by dropping the number of times a monitor is updated in one minute. For example, the 120Hz speed rumored for the new Pixel 6 Pro (with 90Hz expected for the Pixel 6) delivers butter, smooth scrolling and enhanced mobile gaming animations, but at the expense of a quickly drained battery.
While Google is supposed to include decently sized batteries in the new phones (4614mAh for Pixel 6 and 5000mAh for 6 Pro), users can get more life out of them by dropping the refresh rate at times when the content on the screen is static and does not benefit of a faster refresh rate. For example, texts and email would be two good examples of content that would generate a lower refresh rate when using LTPO.
Hopefully, Google’s homemade chipsets are error-free when released
The rest of the rumor specs include a rear camera array on the Pixel 6 Pro, which is rumored to include a 50MP main camera, a 48MP telephoto camera and a 12 MP Ultra-wide snapper. A 12MP selfie snapper with hole in the hole is also included. Of course, the specs on the Pro model are better than those found on the Pixel 6. But the real question is whether the complete packages will be enough for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro to be considered legitimate challengers to Samsung and Apple’s top flagship models.
This year’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are both expected to be powered for the first time by Google’s home-grown chipset instead of using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon components. This can help improve Pixel’s battery life and allow you to run certain features better. But there’s a caveat here. This is something new for Google is concerned, but consider that the OG Pixel series, the Pixel 2 line, and the Pixel 3 models all suffered early from various bugs almost right from their release dates.
If you are planning on looking at the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro with an eye towards buying one of the models, you may want to wait until we convey our review of the handset, which is expected to be released in October.