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Google Pixel 8 Pro Display test

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

Overview

Key display specifications:

  • 6.7-inch OLED
  • Dimensions: 162.6 x 76.5 x 8.8 mm (6.40 x 3.01 x 0.35 inches)
  • Resolution: 1344 x 2992 pixels (~489 ppi density)
  • Aspect ratio: 20:9
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz

Scoring

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

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Pros

  • Colors are well rendered in most tested conditions.
  • The device is readable in all tested conditions.
  • HDR10 video rendering is pleasant.
  • The device feels smooth and reactive when scrolling.

Cons

  • Darkest details can be slightly low in low-light conditions.
  • Unwanted touches on the borders by the palm may occur when holding the device with one hand.

The Google Pixel 8 Pro is a very versatile phone that provides users with a good display experience in all lighting conditions. Its strongest performances in the protocol were in two important sub-categories: readability and color. Compared with previous generations of Google phones, the Pixel 8 Pro showed better peak brightness and improved colors and contrast in challenging environments, such as outdoors on a bright sunny day.

The Google Pixel 8 Pro achieved a high score in readability, including outdoors and in direct sunlight (which is a differentiating element among smartphones today). Using automatic brightness in bright outdoor conditions, the peak brightness achieved can vary according to the displayed content — meaning that the brighter the content displayed, the lower the brightness of the screen. (This is the case for most devices achieving high peak brightness.) We measured the Pixel 8 Pro’s peak brightness at 2100 nits under sunlight when displaying a typical photo. While the iPhone 15 Pro Max (for example) can achieve comparable brightness to that of the Pixel 8 Pro on dark contents, the Apple device loses almost 50% of its brightness when displaying a web page, versus a loss of only 20% for the Google device.

The Google Pixel 8 Pro offered a class-leading performance in color. Tested in the natural color mode, it offered faithful skin tones in lighting conditions ranging from low light to outdoors, as well as a pleasant and vivid rendering of photos overall. The shift in angle was also well controlled.

The Pixel 8 Pro gave a solid experience in HDR10 playback, with pleasant brightness and contrast rendering as well as an adapted peak brightness in both low light and indoor lighting conditions. However, overall brightness was slightly low when watching HDR videos indoors, making dark tones less visible.

The Google Pixel 8 Pro showed no frame drops during testing.

The Google Pixel 8 Pro had very good touch-to-response time. Its 120 Hz provided very smooth web navigation, and the device has greater accuracy in the corners.

Test summary

About DXOMARK Display tests: For scoring and analysis, a device undergoes a series of objective and perceptual tests in controlled lab and real-life conditions. The DXOMARK Display score takes into account the overall user experience the screen provides, considering the hardware capacity and the software tuning. In testing, only factory-installed video and photo apps are used.  More in-depth details about how DXOMARK tests displays are available in the article “A closer look at DXOMARK Display testing.”

The following section focuses on the key elements of our exhaustive tests and analyses performed in DXOMARK laboratories. Full reports with detailed performance evaluations are available upon request. To order a copy, please contact us.

Readability

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How Display Readability score is composed

Readability evaluates the user’s ease and comfort of viewing still content, such as photos or a web page, on the display under different lighting conditions. Our measurements run in the labs are completed by perceptual testing and analysis.

Luminance under various lighting conditions
This graph shows the screen luminance in environments that range from total darkness to outdoor conditions. In our labs, the indoor environment (250 lux to 830 lux) simulates the artificial and natural lighting conditions commonly seen in homes (with medium diffusion); the outdoor environment (from 20,000 lux) replicates a situation with highly diffused light.
Contrast under various lighting conditions
This graph shows the screen’s contrast levels in lighting environments that range from total darkness to outdoor conditions. In our labs, the indoor environment (250 lux to 830 lux) simulates the artificial and natural lighting conditions commonly seen in homes (with medium diffusion); the outdoor environment (from 20,000 lux) replicates a situation with highly diffused light.
Photo EOTF
The Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF) defines how bits are converted into luminance out of the display. Gray levels (horizontal axis) represent the different shades from pure white (100% gray level) to pitch black (0% gray level). The standard for still images follows a 2.2 gamma. The flatter the curves, the harder it is to perceive differences between consecutive shades. This phenomenon is more frequent under intensive lighting conditions (20,000 lux) in the low gray level regions.
Photo EOTF
The Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF) defines how bits are converted into luminance out of the display. Gray levels (horizontal axis) represent the different shades from pure white (100% gray level) to pitch black (0% gray level). The standard for still images follows a 2.2 gamma. The flatter the curves, the harder it is to perceive differences between consecutive shades. This phenomenon is more frequent under intensive lighting conditions (20,000 lux) in the low gray level regions.
Photo EOTF
The Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF) defines how bits are converted into luminance out of the display. Gray levels (horizontal axis) represent the different shades from pure white (100% gray level) to pitch black (0% gray level). The standard for still images follows a 2.2 gamma. The flatter the curves, the harder it is to perceive differences between consecutive shades. This phenomenon is more frequent under intensive lighting conditions (20,000 lux) in the low gray level regions.
Luminance vs Viewing Angle
This graph presents how the luminance drops as viewing angles increase.
Skin-tone rendering in an indoor (1000 lux) environment
From left to right: Google Pixel 8 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Honor Magic5 Pro, Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
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Skin-tone rendering in a sunlight (>90 000 lux) environment
From left to right: Google Pixel 8 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, Honor Magic5 Pro, Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
(Photos for illustration only)


Readability of a web page in a sunlight (>90 000 lux) environment
From left to right: Google Pixel 8 Pro, Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max
(Photos for illustration only)

Luminance uniformity measurement
This graph shows the distribution of luminance throughout the entire display panel. Uniformity is measured with a 20% gray pattern, with bright green indicating ideal luminance. An evenly spread-out bright green color on the screen indicates that the display’s brightness is uniform. Other colors indicate a loss of uniformity.
PWM Frequency Google Pixel 8 Pro
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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 less disturbing for users.
Temporal Light Modulation
This graph represents the frequencies of lighting variation; the highest peak gives the most important modulation. The combination of a low frequency and a high peak is susceptible to inducing eye fatigue.

Color

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How Display Color score is composed

Color evaluations are performed in different lighting conditions to see how well the device manages color with the surrounding environment. Devices are tested with sRGB and Display-P3 image patterns. Both faithful mode and default mode are used for our evaluation. Our measurements run in the labs are completed by perceptual testing & analysis.

White point color under D65 illuminant at 830 lux