iPhone X Display Burn-In ?

iMacedonian

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This question / thread is for the iPhone X users who are using their devices for longer than 1 year. How's the screen holding ? Do you notice any deterioration / burn in? A friend of mine had to replace his OLED screen twice (on his Samsung Galaxy Note 8), so i was wondering if iPhone's OLED is actually more durable.
 

DevinNj

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Don’t know how Apple does it, but I’ve seen display models from some of the big brands the week of release with awful burn in and I’ve seen iPhone display models months after release fine. And like stated above and every other time someone asks about burn in, if it were an issue it’d be all over the forums.
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I see none on my XS, owned for 7 months. The OLED on iPhone X was tested and found to only show burn in after hundred of hours on full brightness. It will be fine.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cultofmac.com/521531/iphone-x-display-beats-rivals-screen-burn-test/amp/
Nothing on my Max either also after 7 months.
 

m0sher

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In Feb my X is 2yrs old. Daily heavy user. Stream more than I care to admit on it too.

No burn-In.

Fact is you don’t see threads on people with ACTUAL burn-in. Just those asking about it or making non factual claims about it possibly happening.
 
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Aydy

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I don’t know. I’d still practice caution tbh.
This one showed up on my Ebay search results just last week. It’s quite faint but definitely noticeable. The seller didn’t go into detail other than to list it as “Some screen burn. Reflected in price”

While I’m still pretty confident in apples oled implementation, I’m also very aware of the very nature of the technology. If apple were doing something that completely eradicated oled burn-in then I can almost guarantee tv/monitor manufacturers across the globe would be all over that. That kind of shift is literally monumental for the tech industry. A single handed game changer.

Enjoy these devices. They’re stunning but I for one will still practice caution and common sense where applicable.
 

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Relentless Power

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Fact is you don’t see threads on people with ACTUAL burn-in. Just those asking about it or making non factual claims about it possibly happening.
That's fair. And is also very true, because you really don’t have enough ‘screen time’ for those to make a fair evaluation of image retention on OLED smart phone panels (And OLED has matured a lot over the years). Now, in an instance of OLED TV panels, you tend to notice more image retention on a larger display, and in the same respect, it’s because consumers tend to watch TV for longer periods of time versus their smart phones phone.
 
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Aydy

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Those screens look like they have been in the home screen for extended periods at max brightness. My screens have always dimmed at 1 minute.
Yup. My first thought was If the phone had been a display model? I’m not sure if the seller purchased in that condition or if the Burn occurred in their time of use. Either way, if the screen time out were to mess up for whatever reason the risk of this happening is still real imo. Static images will stick/burn left unattended.

In reality, no one is likely to be doing this with their device but it’s these random occasions where you pull your phone out to realise it’s been On or stuck/frozen since you last put it away that concern me some
 

Zaft

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I guess it could be an issue if you drive for a ride share company since the phone will be on GPS a lot of the time.

But in that case I would get a sperate phone for that anyway.
 

Dirtydutch

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Funnily enough I have yet to see, or hear any legit complaints of burn in on any X or XS OLED phones since the launch of the X minus some display units, which of course does not constitute the normal consumer usage pattern...Impressive on Apples part to almost completely mitigate it for the time being on their panels...
 

ATC

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Nothing on my heavily-used launch day XS. I was worried about this pre-purchase, mainly due to reading OLED TV forums, but happy to say it’s a complete non-issue on my iPhone. I would buy an OLED iPhone again for sure.
 
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Tsepz

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I don’t know. I’d still practice caution tbh.
This one showed up on my Ebay search results just last week. It’s quite faint but definitely noticeable. The seller didn’t go into detail other than to list it as “Some screen burn. Reflected in price”

While I’m still pretty confident in apples oled implementation, I’m also very aware of the very nature of the technology. If apple were doing something that completely eradicated oled burn-in then I can almost guarantee tv/monitor manufacturers across the globe would be all over that. That kind of shift is literally monumental for the tech industry. A single handed game changer.

Enjoy these devices. They’re stunning but I for one will still practice caution and common sense where applicable.
This must have been a display model.

Either way, OLEDs do burn-in after sometime, but the newer ones don’t seem to do it in as short of a time as the old ones did.

My old Galaxy S7 Edge does not have it, my old Note8 does not have it, and I certainly don’t expect my P30 Pro or XS Max to have it.


I think Samsung found a way to minimize it.


And I absolutely agree on practicing caution! Much like Battery care.
 
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Wide opeN

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Nothing on my heavily-used launch day XS. I was worried about this pre-purchase, mainly due to reading OLED TV forums, but happy to say it’s a complete non-issue on my iPhone. I would buy an OLED iPhone again for sure.
Apple seemingly made a conscientious choice to deploy whatever tech in their OLED's to avoid this. On iPhone OLED, burn in is truly a non-starter.