DisplayMate Awards Pixel 4’s Screen the ‘Highest Ever A+ Grade’


When it comes to smartphone displays, the top two contenders are almost always Samsung and Apple. Pixels have always been somewhat lackluster, and the Pixel 2 XL got a lot of flak for its LG POLED panel. Its successor—the Pixel 3XL—fared much better owing to its Samsung panel. This year's Pixel 4 XL appears to have gotten a whole lot better, according to DisplayMate. It describes the Pixel 4's screen as visually indistinguishable from perfect. In their comprehensive analysis, they measure, analyze, and evaluate in-depth the display on the Pixel 4 XL.

The Pixel 4 XL supports two Color Gamuts, sRGB, and DCI-P3. The measured Color Gamuts for the Google Pixel 4 XL along with the Standard sRGB / Rec.709 and DCI-P3 Color Gamuts show that at 500 lux (average indoor lighting conditions), the on-screen Color Gamut is reduced to 90%. At 1,000 lux (very bright indoor lighting), the on-screen Color Gamut has fallen to 80%, and at 2,000 lux (bright sunlight), the on-screen Color Gamut has fallen to 64-65%.

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The Pixel 4 XL has Automatic Color Management that automatically switches to the proper Color Gamut for any displayed image appear with the correct colors. Automatic Color Management with multiple and varying Color Gamuts are a rarity and are yet to be adopted by a lot of OEMs.

Delivering great color with high Color Accuracy needs a panel to closely match the Standard Color Gamut that was used for producing the content being viewed along with an accurate intensity Scale and a White Point. Each panel is individually calibrated at the factory for both Color Accuracy and Contrast Accuracy. To get the best out of your Pixel 4 screen, both Ambient EQ and Night Light need to be Off because they change the White Point of the display from the 6,500 K Standard,  where the color accuracy is at its best.

The report then goes on to sing praises about the Pixel 4 XL display and why it is the best there is. This is by no means new and has become somewhat routine whenever a new Apple, Google, or Samsung flagship drops. I'd take with a grain of salt and wait to take a look at the Pixel 4 XL's screen myself. You can read the report in its entirety here, if you're familiar with display-related jargon and have some time to kill.