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Technology The Pixel 4’s 90Hz display only works at high brightness levels

13:15  23 october  2019
13:15  23 october  2019 Source:   theverge.com

One of the Pixel 4’s best new features isn’t as good as we thought

  One of the Pixel 4’s best new features isn’t as good as we thought The Pixel 4 has several features that aren’t available on other competing smartphones, the iPhone 11 included. The Motion Sense radar is unique in the industry, allowing users to interact with the phone using only gestures — well, it’s just one type of gesture for the time being. The brand new Google Assistant is easily one of the Pixel 4 highlights, and it’ll be a while until it makes it to other Android devices. The Pixel 4 screen, which received top marks just like the iPhone 11 and Galaxy Note 10, does have one advantage over its rival, and that’s a higher 90Hz refresh rate.

Google added 90 Hz OLED displays to both of its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL handsets to enable a smoother Android experience. The Verge has confirmed this on a Pixel 4 review unit, and it means that you’re only getting the full 90 Hz display rate when the brightness level is high .

The smooth display on the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL reverts back from 90 Hz refresh rate to 60Hz automatically when the brightness is at or below 75%. Just like the OnePlus 7 Pro and the new OnePlus 7T series, the 90 Hz refresh rate is not valid for all scenarios and only works in certain use

Google added 90Hz OLED displays to both of its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL handsets to enable a smoother Android experience. Unfortunately, the company has also tied this refresh rate to the brightness level of the display on the Pixel 4. Reddit users have discovered that the Pixel 4 will drop to a 60Hz refresh rate once the display brightness dips below 75 percent. The Verge has confirmed this on a Pixel 4 review unit, and it means that you’re only getting the full 90Hz display rate when the brightness level is high.

a stereo on a table© Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge

This is fine for outdoors use, but the majority of indoor use will mean the brightness level will likely be 75 percent or lower. It’s not clear why Google has chosen the 75 percent mark, but droidlife has discovered you can head into the developer settings and force the 90Hz setting to always be enabled regardless of brightness levels. This will likely impact the battery life, which is something you’ll want to consider before forcing the 90Hz display to always-on.

Other 90Hz OLED Android phones like the OnePlus 7T keep the display running at its max 90Hz all of the time, but Google has stated it will automatically switch the display refresh rate on the Pixel 4 “for some content.” We’ve reached out to Google for more information on how and why it limits the Pixel 4 display refresh rate, and we’ll update you accordingly.

Google just started fixing the Pixel 4 .
The Pixel 4 hit stores only a few days ago, and just like every Pixel phone that preceded it, the phone launched with several issues that Google needs to fix — it’s a sort of Pixel tradition. Smooth Display issues and 3D Face Unlock security are two things Google confirmed it’ll fix via software updates, and the first one has just arrived, with improvements for the Pixel 4’s 90Hz display. © Provided by Penske Media Corporation bgr-pixel-4-4 Smooth Display is a feature not many competing smartphones have, not even the iPhone 11 or the Galaxy Note 10.

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