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Most reviewers from noted publications, including Android Central, ArsTechnica, and The Verge have mentioned that their Pixel 2 XL's screen showcases muddy colours, grainy textures, and burn-in ghosting. The screen uses a technology called POLED, which stands for "plastic organic light emitting diodes", and some users have been complaining about its tiresome color reproduction and alleged blue tint.

Several experts already believe that it is a screen burn-in issue and if it isn't resolved soon enough, it would enough to pull down the sale of Pixel line of products.

Google has announced that it is looking into these problems for owners of the smartphone.

So what is screen burn-in and should you be anxious about it? The problem can go from causing a minor but annoying distraction to making a display unusable. The handset's navigation buttons can be seen hanging around at the bottom against a white navigation bar background, with the active display itself featuring a grey image.

We reached out to Google for further comment on the 2 XL display issues.

We have discovered that this is not a bug and is instead intended behavior exhibited by the Google Pixel 2. The smaller Pixel 2, with its larger bezels, has a Samsung AMOLED panel.

9to5Google's Pixel 2 XL review unit had this problem.

So did Google's first run of the Pixel 2 XL contain a bad batch of screens? It's possible the problem we're seeing here is actually image retention, a short-term version of burn-in commonly found on LCD displays.

A screen "burn-in" is not an uncommon issue among devices with P-OLED screens, but it typically tends to show up on devices after months, or years of usage.

If you're planning to pick up a Pixel 2, we'd hold off until Google clarifies this situation. The company already stated last week that it was considering offering other color options for the Pixel 2 XL display based on feedback, but it may struggle to provide a suitable software solution for burn-in. This can be a problem with OLED displays. The OnePlus 5, meanwhile, was said to have a wobbly screen when scrolling fast. It's just too early to appear on a new unit. Android Central's review unit suffered from the same screen burn-in.

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