1. Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro have extremely bright displays, with peak brightness hitting 2,000 nits and 2,400 nits respectively.
2. The displays for the Pixel 8 are sourced from Samsung and BOE, which is unexpected as LG has been the primary display supplier for Google in the past.
3. The Pixel 8 Pro exclusively sources displays from Samsung, indicating that Samsung usually reserves its best displays for its flagship phones.
4. Google has coined a new name for their displays in the Pixel 8 series, Actua for the Pixel 8 and Super Actua for Pixel 8 Pro, and these displays are praised for their brightness and stunning colors.
The Source of Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro Displays
The Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro feature impressive bright displays, reaching peak brightness levels of 2,000 nits and 2,400 nits respectively. Many are curious about the manufacturers behind these displays. Was it Samsung? And if so, why didn’t they use them for their own flagship phones like the upcoming Galaxy S24 series? Fortunately, we have the answers.
Display Sourcing on Pixel 8
On the Pixel 8, Google has sourced displays from two companies: Samsung and BOE. This is somewhat surprising since LG has been a frequent supplier for Google’s Pixel devices, whereas BOE hasn’t been involved in many flagship smartphones lately.
Display Sourcing on Pixel 8 Pro
For the Pixel 8 Pro, Google is exclusively sourcing displays from Samsung. This means that these ultra-bright displays are indeed manufactured by Samsung. It’s a bit peculiar since Samsung typically reserves its best displays for their latest flagship phones. This raises the question of whether we can expect even better displays on the Galaxy S24 series next year.
Introducing Super Actua
With the Pixel 8 series, Google has introduced a new name for their displays: Actua for the Pixel 8 and Super Actua for the Pixel 8 Pro. Despite being primarily a marketing strategy, these displays are truly remarkable. In my Pixel 8 Pro Review, I emphasized that the display is not only bright but also stunningly vibrant. The colors truly stand out, which is something I haven’t always been able to say about previous Pixel devices.
BOE and Samsung Collaboration
Google’s decision to utilize both BOE and Samsung for the Pixel 8 suggests two possibilities: either Google couldn’t secure enough panels from Samsung, or they anticipate high demand for these phones. And in all honesty, they should expect significant sales. Both the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are outstanding smartphones from Google, a sentiment that hasn’t been expressed too frequently in recent times. This achievement is undoubtedly thanks to the collaboration between BOE and Samsung.