Google’s Pixel 8 Pro, at least so far, has the brightest display on a traditional smartphone sold in the US. And according to deeper testing, this display is also significantly more energy efficient than Google’s previous version.
The new “Super Actua” display on the Pixel 8 Pro is an AMOLED LTPO panel with a resolution of 3120 x 1440. According to To Camila Wojciechowska, it’s specifically a Samsung E7 screen. It’s obviously a very good screen. The Pixel 8 Pro’s display has received a lot of praise through reviews, thanks to its excellent brightness, excellent colors, and more. The 2,400-nit display is one of the best smartphone displays today, and as it turns out, that’s about more than just looks.
Dylan Raja XDA DevelopersBefore diving deeper into the Pixel 8 Pro screen, It was revealed on Twitter/X The Pixel 8 Pro is significantly more power efficient than the Pixel 7 Pro. Testing shows that the new panel needs just 3 watts of power to reach 960 nits, less than half the power needed by the Pixel 7 Pro, whose screen will consume 6.4 watts of power at 960 nits.
It’s a dramatic change year over year, especially when you look at it How the Pixel 7 Pro suffered in this area. It consumed more power per nits than the Pixel 6 Pro’s screen and was consuming more power at its lower top brightness (during testing) of 964 nits than the Galaxy S22 Plus, which consumed 4.4 watts while at 1,070 nits.
In comparison, the display on the Pixel 8 Pro is actually more power efficient than the displays on the iPhone 14 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra. To reach 960 nits, at least in this test, both the Apple and Samsung devices required roughly 4 watts of power compared to the Pixel’s 3-watt draw, and the Pixel’s display remained brighter, using less power as brightness increased. Raja said the Pixel is “leaps ahead” of Apple and Samsung here.
Of course, Google’s lead won’t last forever. Samsung is expected to adopt a new display panel in the Galaxy S24 series that maxes out at 2,500 nits, and it makes sense that power efficiency improvements are planned. At the moment, it’s also unclear how this compares to the iPhone 15 Pro Max or how the smaller Pixel 8 stacks up, but Raga He teases More tests speak of the latter soon.
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