News reported the issue, revealing a picture of a Pixel 2 XL with some fierce image remembrance around the navigation bar. Shortly after, numerous other reports of burn-in started popping up, and you can add News review unit to the list of assumed devices. You can see the persistent navigation bar burn-in below on our two-week-old device.
In reply to the complaints, Google has sent out a comment saying that it’s investigating the issue:
The Pixel 2 XL cover has been designed with an excellent POLED technology, including QHD+ resolution, wide color gamut, and high contrast ratio for direct and beautiful colors and renderings. We put all of our commodities through extensive quality testing before launch and in the production of every unit. We are actively investigating this report.
Samsung is the acknowledged leader in smartphone OLED panels, and the Samsung tribunals used on the Pixel 1, Pixel 1 XL, and Pixel 2 have mostly been issue-free. The Pixel 2 XL, however, uses an LG-made POLED display, which has shown to not be up to the standard set by Samsung. The LG V30 uses a related panel and has lots of display issues, too.
It has signified a rough few weeks for Google’s hardware division. In extension to the display issues with the Pixel 2 XL, the Google Home Mini apparently dispatched with a top touch surface so defective that Google had to permanently disable it.