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Google Pixel 5 owners report gap between display and body
by Rajesh Pandey
Every Pixel phone launch has always been marred with some build quality issues being reported by users. With the Pixel 5, early adopters are reporting issues with a gap between the display and the body of the device. The gap is minor but one that should not exist in the first place. It is unclear whether this gap compromises the IP68 dust and water-resistant capabilities of the device or not.
Google's support forums and XDA forums are filled with photos from early Pixel 5 owners who have noticed a small gap between the display and the body. The gap seems to be primarily located on the top of the phone and near the SIM slot on the left.
Source: Google Support forums One problem this gap poses is that it will accumulate dust over time. It is also most easily visible in the Just Black color variant of the device, though Sage Green color units are also affected by this. The problem seems to be present on the affected units right out of the box and it's not something that develops after a few days of usage.
Some Pixel 5 owners have gotten their units replaced by Google but the replacement units also have the same issue. Google is yet to acknowledge the issue.
Google Pixel phones are notorious for their build quality issues. In July this year, Pixel 4 XL users were reporting issues with the rear glass panel of the device popping off. Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL had reported issues with the battery of their device swelling after almost a year of usage.
Source: Android Police
Samsung and LG Display to stop supplying display panels to Huawei
by Rajesh Pandey
The U.S. ban on Huawei for shipment of chips made using U.S. technology from other suppliers is going to lead Samsung Display and LG Display to stop supplying display panels to the Chinese smartphone maker. Initially, the ban was only expected to affect how Huawei sources its chips from TSMC. However, it seems to have far wider consequences and will lead Samsung Display and LG Display to stop supplying display panels to it as well.
LG Display said in a statement that the move is going to have minimal impact on its business as it only supplied a limited number of display panels to Huawei. Samsung Display is one of the major display suppliers for Huawei, and it is also the leader in OLED panel technology. Both LG Display and Samsung Display will stop supplying Huawei with LCD panels from September 15, the day on which the ban from the U.S. government comes into effect.
Apart from Samsung Display and LG Display, Huawei also sources display panels for its smartphones from Chinese display maker BOE Display which has not yet announced if it will continue to supply display panels to it or not.
Huawei is expected to launch its flagship Mate 40 series later this year but it is unclear how the company expects to survive in the smartphone business without access to key suppliers and components.
By Abhay V
New OnePlus Nord update brings display fixes, camera improvements, and more
by Abhay Venkatesh
OnePlus has begun rolling out an over-the-air (OTA) update for the Nord that brings with it a few fixes and improvements. The update is first being rolled out for the Indian and global variant bringing OxygenOS 10.5.7.AC01DA and OxygenOS 10.5.7.AC01AA, respectively. The update for the EU models will be rolled out soon, which bears the version number 10.5.7.AC01BA.
The changelog for the update also mentions a display calibration improvement, which possibly points to a fix for the recently reported display tinting issues. Interestingly, while the company did acknowledge that a fix for the problems was on its way, the firm has removed the forum thread that described the issue. The thread previously called this a “characteristic of all OLED displays” and that the noticed discoloration “disappears when the screen brightness increases”.
Here is the complete changelog:
While the changelog is not massive, there are improvements to power consumption and camera stabilization, which should improve the battery life and camera performance, which are welcome additions.
The company adds that the update is incremental, meaning that the rollout will happen in a staggered fashion. A small set of users will first begin receiving the update in the mentioned regions, so it might be a few days before it makes it to all devices.
Did your Nord experience any tinting issues and did the update fix it? Let us know in the comments below!
OnePlus Nord users reporting display green tint issues, company says fix incoming
by Rajesh Pandey
Soon after the OnePlus 8 Pro launched, early buyers of the phone discovered some major display issues including a green tint at low brightness, black crushing issue, and more. OnePlus rolled out multiple software updates to fix the issue, but the problem still persists to a certain extent. Now, it looks like the same issues are also affecting the company's recently announced mid-range smartphone, the OnePlus Nord. The device comes with a 6.44-inch 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution.
OnePlus forums and Reddit are filled with complaints and photos from OnePlus Nord users showing the various screen issues they are facing. Most notably, users are color tinting issues on the bottom half of the display when the brightness level is reduced below 25 percent.
Left: OnePlus 8 Pro, Right: Nord OnePlus has acknowledged the issue and says that some users might notice a "slight discoloration that disappears when the screen brightness increases." As per the company, this is a "characteristic of all OLED displays" and not a quality issue with the panel used by it. Nonetheless, the company is working on an OTA update for an improved experience. The company also confirmed to 9to5Google that it is working on an OTA update to fix the display issues.
The wording of OnePlus statement makes it sound like the company will probably make some changes to alleviate the issue, but that a permanent fix is unlikely. The company did something similar with the OnePlus 8 Pro as well as some customers continue to report display issues with their units.
Samsung launches Odyssey G7 curved gaming monitor worldwide
by Paul Hill
Samsung has launched the new Odyssey G7 curved gaming monitor that it had previously unveiled at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. The display is the world’s first gaming monitor with a curvature radius of 1,000 millimetres, and has a rapid 1ms response time with 240Hz refresh rate and QLED picture quality; these make it suited for gaming purposes.
Commenting on the new display, Hyesung Ha, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, said:
The full specifications for the displays are as follows:
Model Odyssey G7 Screen Size (Inch) 32", 27" Aspect Ratio 16:9 Panel Type QLED Curved Screen Curvature 1000R Refresh Rate 240Hz Response Time 1ms (GTG) Resolution 2,560 x 1,440 (QHD) HDR HDR 600 Brightness (Typical) 350cd/㎡ Gaming Feature G-SYNC Compatible, FreeSync Premium Pro Game Mode Custom/FPS/RTS/RPG/AOS/Cinema/DCR Etc. Low Input Lag Mode, Virtual Aim Point, Black Equalizer, Eye Saver Mode, Flicker Free Interface Display Port 1.4(2 EA), HDMI 2.0(1EA), USB3.0(1UP, 2DOWN), Headphone Wall Mount Yes (100 x 100mm) Color Matte Black On Amazon’s UK website, the 32” model is priced at £630 while the 27” model comes in at £550; this works out to $780 and $680 respectively but the prices may vary depending on where you look.
Gallery: Samsung Odyssey G7