Google chooses cost over design by reportedly using a rigid OLED screen on the Pixel 6
DSCC CEO Ross Young says that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro will use displays made by Samsung
There are still many unknowns when it comes to the displays on the new Pixel 6 models. For example, will Google shell out for Sammy’s LTPO backplane technology? With this technology, screens using rapid refresh rates can save battery life by dropping down the number of times a screen updates in one minute. For example, the 120Hz rate rumored for the new Pixel 6 Pro (with 90Hz expected for the Pixel 6) delivers buttery smooth scrolling and enhanced mobile game animations, but at the cost of a rapidly draining battery.
While Google is supposed to include decently-sized batteries in the new phones (4614mAh for the Pixel 6 and 5000mAh for the 6 Pro), users can get more life out of them by dropping the refresh rate during those times when the content on the screen is static and doesn’t benefit from a faster refresh rate. For example, texts and email would be two good examples of content that would generate a lower refresh rate with the use of LTPO.
Hopefully, Google’s homegrown chipsets are free from bugs when released
If you do plan on looking at the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro with an eye toward purchasing one of the models, you might want to wait until we disseminate our review of the handset which is expected to be released in October.