Google unveiled two new Pixel phones—Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL—on Tuesday, along with Nest Mini, Nest WiFi, Pixel Buds (2019), and the PixelBook Go during the Made By Google 2019 event in the US. The Mountain View-based company brought a bunch of improvements to the Pixel 4 series, including an additional camera on the rear, a faster processor, more RAM, and a bigger battery, but the bigger upgrade comes in the form a much better screen. The screen is reportedly so good that DisplayMate tested it and awarded it an A+ grade for its performance.
The Pixel 4 XL has a 6.3-inch OLED screen with QHD+ resolution (3040×1440 pixels) with a taller aspect ratio (20:9), HDR certification and 90Hz refresh rate. If you didn’t know already, DisplayMate is a firm that has pioneered testing and calibrating screen quality on various product categories, including monitors, projectors, smartphones, tablets, and TVs. It also offers consumer-grade and industrial-grade display calibration software.
DisplayMate’s Awards A+ Grade To Pixel 4 XL’s Screen
After testing the Pixel 4 XL’s screen, DisplayMate mentioned on its blog that the phone’s screen is perfectly sharp for a normal 20/20 vision at a typical smartphone viewing distance of 12 to 18 inches. The screen can also reportedly reach a peak brightness of 444 nits when the screen brightness is increased manually to the max. Of course, it can go even brighter when it is used outdoors, under sunny conditions or when HDR10 content is played back. The Pixel 4 XL’s screen is individually calibrated at the factory so as to offer color and contrast accuracy. DisplayMate also noted that the Pixel 4 XL’s screen has very high absolute color accuracy, very high contrast ratio. Plus, the Pixel 4 XL can automatically switch between sRGB and DCI-P3 color gamuts, depending on the content that’s being displayed on the screen.
The phone can also be used in both portrait and landscape modes with polarized sunglasses, something that can’t be done on many other smartphones. The Pixel 4 XL’s screen matches or sets records in various aspects of performance, as per DisplayMate’s tests. Even at wider viewing angles, the smartphone’s screen has medium color shifts and small brightness shifts.
According to the screen calibration and performance measurement company notes that the Pixel 4 XL’s screen has the highest absolute color accuracy (0.5 JCND), highest image contrast accuracy and intensity scale accuracy (gamma of 2.19), smallest shift in color accuracy (0.2 JCND), smallest shift in image contrast (gamma of 0.1), infinite contrast ratio, lowest screen reflectance, smallest brightness variation with viewing angles (24% at 30 degrees), and highest visible screen resolution
Pixel 4 XL Is Not The Only Phone To Receive DisplayMate’s A+ Grade
The Pixel 4 XL is not the only phone to receive DisplayMate’s A+ grade, though. In the past, various smartphones from Apple and Samsung, including the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9 series, Galaxy S10 series, Galaxy Note 10 series, iPhone Xs series, and the iPhone 11 series, have received a similar rating. Even Google’s own Pixel 3 XL received the A+ grade for its display performance last year.