OnePlus is about to put the Google Pixel 8 Pro to shame

Home screen on Google Pixel 8 Pro.
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Two of the brightest smartphone displays on the market come from the Google Pixel 8 Pro and the OnePlus Open. However, in the ever-changing world of technology, there is always something better on the horizon.

On Tuesday, October 24, Chinese-based OnePlus and its parent company, Oppo, will announce “a new dawn” for smartphone screens. According to messages posted on Weibo by OnePlus and Digital Chat Station, the announcement that BOE will be manufacturing 3,000-nit panels for smartphones could be a game changer for the smartphone market. The soon-to-be-revealed display will offer 1440p resolution and support 2160Hz pulse width modulation (PWM) dimming.

The Google Pixel 8 Pro and OnePlus Open offer displays that are among the brightest in the smartphone market with 2,400 nits and 2,800 nits of brightness respectively. As a comparison, the recently unveiled Apple iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max offer 2,000 nits of brightness. The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has a peak brightness of 1,750 nits.

Image of a flower displayed on the screen of a Google Pixel 8 Pro.
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So, what could be the first smartphone to include 3,000 nits? This could be OnePlus 12, which may launch in the beginning of the new year.

The brightness of a display, measured in nits, plays an important role in its usefulness. Displays with high night brightness are easier to see in brightly lit environments, such as direct sunlight or well-lit rooms. A display with higher night brightness emits more light, making it easier to read or view content.

Additionally, the contrast ratio of a display is affected by its night brightness. A higher nit brightness translates to a more noticeable difference between the brightest and darkest parts of an image. Displays with high night brightness boast higher contrast ratios, resulting in more realistic and detailed images with better color accuracy and deeper blacks. This feature is especially important for images or videos with high contrast, such as movies or photographs.

The display’s night brightness is also required to display HDR (high dynamic range) content. This content is designed to be displayed on bright displays and has a wider range of colors and brightness levels than standard content, resulting in a super-immersive and lifelike viewing experience.

When the Pixel 8 Pro was announced on October 4, it held the title of the brightest smartphone display, but the OnePlus Open quickly snatched the title. And now, it looks like OnePlus is getting ready to overtake Google once again – and in the process.






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