If you own a Google Pixel 2 XL and have wondered why your screen has a blue tint on it, well it would seem we now know what most likely is causing the issue, but sadly there is no real way to fix it.

The blue screen tint issue began to get traction shortly after launch, when users noticed the beautiful Pixel 2 XL’s screen started to show a blue tint. According to a report online from PhoneArena, the potential issue seems to have been identified.

PhoneArena has said that the Pixel 2 XL screen utilises a polariser that seems to be applied so poorly that it causes this weird screen coloration.  Ordinarily, screen polarisers are generally a useful and great feature, allowing you to see your phone display when you look at it with sunglasses on.

Heck, even Google bragged about this as an important feature of the Google Pixel 2 XL display during the official launch event, with Google VP Mario Queiroz emphatically stating at the time that:

“We’ve integrated a circular polarizer, which lets you enjoy the screen even when you are wearing sunglasses,”

Sadly though, it would seem that the particular screen polarizer of the Pixel 2 XL that seems to be causing the blue tint of the screen. A demonstration YouTube video from Mike Barrett, which you can view below, easily shows how the Pixel 2 XL screen compares to that of the iPhone 8 Plus and the original Google Pixel.

It would seem that the iPhone does a much better job with its polariser, while the original Pixel lacks a polariser whatsoever in the video demonstration.

So what is the solution to rectify the blue tint issue? Well that’s not an easy one sadly. The solution would in fact need to be either new hardware altogether or at least a new application of the polariser on the Pixel 2 XL. Not even a software update could really do much, as the issue is entirely hardware.

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But I thought there wasn’t an issue with the screen and that is was an overblown beat up, wonder where I read that 😉


How does the iPhone do better in this video? When the polarizer is removed, the Pixel 2 XL screen not below the lens is white and the iPhone has a faint blue tint (0:23). And then in the second half of the video comparing the two Pixels, the part of the iPhone sometimes visible under his hand often has a blue tint. This video seems to be showing the polarizer feature of the Pixel 2 XL compared to the Pixel, not the flaw. I don’t see anywhere in this video where the Pixel 2 XL screen is blue when not… Read more »


Just trying to think outside the box , but apparently the lg screens seem to not suffer the blue tint so much ? and im not sure on that , but im just parroting what a few others have said , Im wondering if a replacement lg screen might be a fix ?
assuming they are basically the same part without the polarising crud on it , and then they dont cost an arm and a leg and all the stars where to line up in a swap procedure ???

Tom Sekulic

So, you spend $1.5k+ for a high-end *phone* only to find that the screen has a major flaw/s that can’t be fixed via software patch?
I wonder how did Google receive HDR certification with such screen? I guess they’ve got certified on a phone without a polarizer installed.