Google planes costs on the OLED screen … at the risk of weakening it

Expected in September or October without further details, the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro could count on a less expensive OLED display technology. The idea? Keep the price of the two devices affordable. On the other hand, the thing would have consequences on their design.

Here are HD renderings of the Google Pixel 6 Pro, for illustration // Source: OnLeaks and DiGit

Over the months, the information related to the future Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is refined. We learned this week from journalist Joshua Swingle that Google’s next two smartphones will opt for OLED screens from Samsung Display, but beware: these slabs would be rigid and not flexible. A detail not very evocative for the general public, but which is important from an industrial point of view.

The choice of this type of OLED screen makes it possible to drastically reduce the manufacturing costs of a smartphone. And for good reason, as Android Headlines points out, a rigid OLED panel is worth about three times less than a flexible OLED panel. This bias would therefore have the advantage of maintaining the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro at a competitive selling price, but it would not be without consequences on the design of the two mobiles.

Slightly thick borders and increased fragility?

Opting for rigid OLED panels prevents in particular from offering extremely thin borders, since these tiles cannot match the space available on the facade as well as flexible tiles. This would explain why the Pixel 6 are marked by borders a little less discreet than some models of the competition.

Google Pixel 6 Pro HD renderings by OnLeaks

Source : OnLeaks et DiGit

These rigid slabs also have the drawback of being less resistant to impacts and scratches overall. The fragility of the screen could therefore be increased on the two future smartphones from Google. This was the case with the Pixel 4a, for example.

That said, the new Pixels should compensate for these few disappointments with a tasty technical sheet, marked by the switch to a processor designed in-house by Google. This SoC would be backed up by 8 GB of RAM on the Pixel 6 and 12 GB of RAM on the Pixel 6 Pro, both of which would have to rely on 50 and 12 Mpx photo modules – complemented on the Pixel 6 Pro by an additional sensor from 48 Mpx (Zoom). Still according to Joshua Swingle, both devices would finally ship with Android 12 and could count on major OS updates for 5 years.

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