Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Google Pixel 3 Teardown Shows an LG-Made OLED Display: iFixit

Google Pixel 3 Teardown Shows an LG-Made OLED Display: iFixit

While this might not seem all that surprising given that the Pixel 3 is a Verizon carrier-exclusive device, Verizon has traditionally sold its smartphones unlocked straight out of the box (including previous-generation Pixel phones).

As spotted by a Reddit user, it appears Google is using software trickery to make the Pixel 3's display corners slightly rounder. It runs Android 9.0 Pie on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB RAM and your choice of 64 or 128GB storage.

Just a day after the Pixel 3 XL was spotted featuring an AMOLED panel from Samsung, a teardown carried out by iFixit has now revealed the presence of an LG OLED display on Google Pixel 3.

That's not necessarily a bad deal if you can activate the new Pixel phone on Verizon first. On the use of SIM-locking in general, Verizon representatives have been quoted saying the carrier is "assessing where it will be implemented in the future".

According to a report by GizmoChina, the LG OLED display panel used inside the Pixel 3 is the same one Google used for the last year's Pixel 2 XL.

Samsung and Google may be the winners in this case but we can't help but feel bad for LG, as it'd become taken for granted that the company had worked out all the kinks in its display technology. This policy is part of an anti-theft initiative that Verizon rolled out earlier this year to discourage folks from stealing from its retail stores. The Pixel 3 units that Best Buy sells are also locked to Verizon. But rest assured that Verizon is likely to bring the restrictions back online at some point. As in spite of the Pixel 3 only technically having become available to buy in the USA yesterday, there is a very good chance a number of devices had already been sold via pre-orders which opened through Verizon more than a week ago. In a nutshell, all phones acquired from the carrier have to be first activated on Verizon before they can be used on other networks, with a wait time of up to 24 hours.

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