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Google Pixel 8 Display test

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We put the Google Pixel 8 through our rigorous DXOMARK Display test suite to measure its performance across six criteria. In this summary of test results, we will break down how it fared in a variety of tests and several common use cases.

Overview

Key display specifications:

  • 6.2-inch OLED, 109.8 cm2 (~87.4% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Dimensions: 150.5 x 70.8 x 8.9 mm (5.93 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels (~428 ppi density)
  • Aspect ratio: 20:9
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz

Scoring

Sub-scores and attributes included in the calculations of the global score.

Google Pixel 8 Google Pixel 8
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161

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163

164

156

162

138

159

160

170

122

163

Pros

  • The device is readable in all tested conditions.
  • Colors are well rendered in most tested conditions.
  • Brightness and contrast are well suited for watching HDR10 content.
  • The device feels smooth and reactive when scrolling.

Cons

  • A pinkish tint can be noticeable in a bright environment, depending on the direction of the light source.
  • Unwanted touches with the palm on the borders of the device may occur when holding it with one hand.
  • Aliasing is noticeable in video games.

The Google Pixel 8 showed a strong performance in all attributes, but especially for readability, color and video, where it came just behind its larger sibling, the Google Pixel 8 Pro, at the top of our current rankings. With improved specifications and strong tuning, this versatile smartphone offers a flagship-like experience in all lighting conditions and in nearly all use cases.

Test summary

About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis in our smartphone and other display reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective and perceptual tests under controlled lab and real-life conditions. Note that we evaluate display attributes using only the device’s built-in display hardware and its still image (gallery) and video apps at their default settings. (For in-depth information about how we evaluate smartphone and other displays, check out our articles, “How DXOMARK tests display quality” and “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.

The following section gathers key elements of our exhaustive tests and analyses performed in DXOMARK laboratories. Detailed performance evaluations under the form of reports are available upon request. Do not hesitate to contact us.

Readability

161

Google Pixel 8

163

Samsung Galaxy S24+
How Display Readability score is composed

Readability evaluates how easily and comfortably users can read still content (photos & web) on the display under different real-life conditions. DXOMARK uses its Display Bench to recreate ambient light conditions ranging from total darkness to bright sunlight. In addition to laboratory tests, perceptual analysis is also made in real-life environments.

Like the Pro version, the Pixel 8 is readable outdoors and in direct sunlight. We measured its peak brightness when viewing typical photo content at 1600 nits in real outdoor conditions.

The Pixel 8 is slightly less bright than the iPhone 15 when viewing photos, but  when it comes to viewing  a web page, the Pixel 8 becomes brighter than the iPhone. The iPhone 15  showed a 50% brightness drop to 900 nits versus a drop of 7%  to 1500 for the Pixel 8. As with previous generations of Google smartphones, the Pixel 8 also put in a solid performance in angular readability and in uniformity.

Luminance under various lighting conditions


Readability in an indoor (1000 lux) environment
From left to right: Google Pixel 8, Samsung Galaxy S23, Honor Magic5 Pro, Apple iPhone 15
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Readability in a sunlight (>90 000 lux) environment
From left to right: Google Pixel 8, Samsung Galaxy S23, Honor Magic5 Pro, Apple iPhone 15
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Readability of a web page in a sunlight (>90 000 lux) environment
From left to right: Google Pixel 8, Apple iPhone 15
(Photos for illustration only)

Luminance uniformity measurement
This graph shows the uniformity of the display with a 20% gray pattern. The more visible the green color, the more uniform the display.

Color

163

Google Pixel 8

164

Google Pixel 8 Pro
How Display Color score is composed

The color attribute evaluates the capacity of the device to accurately reproduce colors. The measurements taken are for fidelity, white point color, and gamut coverage. We perform color evaluations for different lighting conditions to see how well the device can manage color in the surrounding environment. Colors are measured using a spectrophotometer in a controlled lighting environment. Perceptual analysis of color rendering is against the reference pattern displayed on a calibrated professional monitor.

Largely keeping pace with the Pro version in color performance, the Pixel 8 provided very pleasant colors and especially good skin tone rendering. Although it avoided the yellowish rendering seen on its Apple competitors, the Pixel 8 showed a slight pink cast outdoors when there was a strong light source coming in from the upper angle side; otherwise, it showed a more pronounced yellow-green shift on angle than the Pro version.

White point under D65 illuminant at 1000 lux


Color rendering indoors (1000 lux)
Clockwise from top left: Google Pixel 8, Samsung Galaxy S23, Honor Magic5Pro, Apple iPhone 15
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Color rendering in sunlight (>90 000 lux)
Clockwise from top left: Google Pixel 8, Samsung Galaxy S23, Honor Magic5Pro, Apple iPhone 15
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Color fidelity measurements
Google Pixel 8, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the sRGB color space
Google Pixel 8, color fidelity at 1000 lux in the Display-P3 color
space
Each arrow represents the color difference between a target color pattern (base of the arrow) and its actual measurement (tip of the arrow). The longer the arrow, the more visible the color difference is. If the arrow stays within the circle, the color difference will be visible only to trained eyes.
Color behavior on angle
This graph shows the color shift when the screen is at an angle. Each dot represents a measurement at a particular angle. Dots inside the inner circle exhibit no color shift in angle; those between the inner and outer circle have shifts that only trained experts will see; but those falling outside the outer circle are noticeable.

Video

156

Google Pixel 8

162

Samsung Galaxy S23 (Snapdragon)
How Display Video score is composed

Our video attribute evaluates the Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) and High Dynamic Range (HDR10) video handling of each device in indoor and low-light conditions. We measure tone mapping, color gamut, brightness and contrast of the display. We perform perceptual analysis against our professional reference monitor (Sony BVM-HX310) to ensure that the rendering respects the artistic intent.

Putting in a strong showing for HDR10 video playback performance, the Google Pixel 8 (along with the 8 Pro) offered a video rendering that closely matched that of the Sony reference screen in our laboratory. The Pixel 8 had a very good brightness level in a dark viewing environment, and a pleasant color rendering.

Video brightness at 10% APL in the dark ( < 5 lux)

Video rendering in a low-light (0 lux) environment
Clockwise from top left: Google Pixel 8, Samsung Galaxy S23,Honor Magic5 Pro, Apple iPhone 15
(Photos for illustrations only)

Clockwise from top left: Google Pixel 8, Samsung Galaxy S23,Honor Magic5 Pro, Apple iPhone 15
(Photos for illustration only)
Gamut coverage for video content
HDR10 Gamut coverage
SDR Gamut coverage
The primary colors are measured both in HDR10 and SDR. The extracted color gamut shows the extent of the color area that the device can render. To respect the artistic intent, the measured gamut should match the master color space of each video.

Motion

138

Google Pixel 8

159

Honor Magic6 Pro
How Display Motion score is composed

The motion attribute evaluates the handling of dynamic contents. Frame drops, motion blur, and playback artifacts are scrutinized using games and videos.

The Pixel 8 showed no frame drops during testing; however, some slight frame mismatches were observed when playing video games.

Video frame drops

30 fps content
60 fps content
These long exposure photos present the number of frame irregularities in a 30-second video. A good performance shows a regular pattern (either a flat gray image or a pull-down pattern).

Touch

160

Google Pixel 8

170

Samsung Galaxy S24+
How Display Touch score is composed

To evaluate touch, DXOMARK uses a touch robot and a high-speed camera to play and record a set of scenarios for smoothness, accuracy and response-time evaluation.

The Google Pixel 8 achieved high marks for touch, with very good touch-to-response time and very smooth web navigation (thanks to its 120 Hz screen). It was not always smooth when playing video games, however.

Average Touch Response Time Google Pixel 8
66 ms
Fast
Good
Bad
Slow
This response time test precisely evaluates the time elapsed between a single touch of the robot on the screen and the displayed action. This test is applied to activities that require high reactivity, such as gaming.

Artifacts

122

Google Pixel 8

163

OnePlus Open
How Display Artifacts score is composed

Evaluating artifacts means checking for the performance, image rendering and motion flaws that can affect the end-user experience. DXOMARK measures precisely the device’s reflectance and the presence of flicker, and assesses the impact of residual aliasing when playing video games, among other characteristics.

The flicker level of the Pixel 8 is similar to that of Apple and Samsung smartphones. Unwanted touches can occasionally occur when holding the device in one hand.

Average Reflectance (SCI) Google Pixel 8
4.9 %
Low
Good
Bad
High
SCI stands for Specular Component Included, which measures both the diffuse reflection and the specular reflection. Reflection from a simple glass sheet is around 4%, while it reaches about 6% for a plastic sheet. Although smartphones’ first surface is made of glass, their total reflection (without coating) is usually around 5% due to multiple reflections created by the complex optical stack.
Reflectance (SCI)
Measurements above show the reflection of the device within the visible spectrum range (400 nm to 700 nm). It includes both diffuse and specular reflection.
PWM Frequency Google Pixel 8
240 Hz
Bad
Good
Bad
Great
Displays flicker for 2 main reasons: refresh rate and Pulse Width Modulation. Pulse width modulation is a modulation technique that generates variable-width pulses to represent the amplitude of an analog input signal. This measurement is important for comfort because flickering at low frequencies can be perceived by some individuals, and in the most extreme cases, can induce seizures. Some experiments show that discomfort can appear at a higher frequency. A high PWM frequency (>1500 Hz) tends to be safer for users.
Temporal Light Modulation
This graph represents the frequencies of lighting variation; the highest peak gives the main flicker frequency. The combination of a low frequency and a high peak is susceptible to inducing eye fatigue. Displays flicker for 2 main reasons: refresh rate and Pulse Width Modulation. This measurement is important for comfort because flickering at low frequencies can be perceived by some individuals, and in the most extreme cases, can induce seizures. Some experiments show that discomfort can appear at a higher frequency. A high PWM frequency (>1500 Hz) tends to be safer for users.
Aliasing (closeup)
Google Pixel 8
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