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How big a problem is LCD burn/shadow on Note 8?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Binsk, Jan 30, 2019.

  1. Binsk

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    I was looking at refurbished Galaxy Note 8's on eBay and all the sellers list this problem. They have multiple quantities available though so I'm wondering if they just list this to cover themselves in case it has it or do literally all of them have this issue? I have the S8 and I know it has the same type of screen, but I've never had an issue. Is LCD burn also a common problem for the S8 and S8+?


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    Post #4 by chanchan05, Jan 30, 2019 (1 points)

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  3. marctronixx


    It’s common enough that the dealer lists it to protect them and to give people like you a heads up. You are wanting to purchase a used product. You have no idea how much abuse this device has been through. Personally if the seller cant send me detailed photos or a video showing the exact phone I’m looking to purchase, i will not buy it. There’s threads on XDA and other blogger sites about this.

    That said, Ive 3 note 9s and i use an all black background theme.i dont see any burn in on any of the 3 and I’ve had them since launch. I had two note 8s since launch and those also never had any burn in, but how i use my devices may be vastly different than how you use yours.

    It’s a toss up and you may get a good one with no burn in, or you may get one with a LOT of burn in. It’s subjective (what I may think its nominal burn in, you may think its a massive burn in). I’d look on swappa or local Craigslist first, OR if the seller is local as to stop by and check it out.
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  4. Binsk

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    Ok thanks a lot. So just to confirm it's a pretty common problem? I got my S8 open box about a year ago and haven't had any issues. This is just something that happens a lot with AMOLED screens?
  5. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    It's not supposed to be common, but it's entirely dependent on the abuse the phone has been through. The average OLED screen, it's the blue pixels that go out first and cause the burn in effect. They're usually rated at 14,000 hours to half original brightness. So how fast you go through that 14,000 hours will depend on how soon you get that burn in. Of course there are some that fail earlier though, since AFAIK 14,000 is an average number, but I'd expect it to be somewhere around 10,000 minimum.
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  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    The pedant in me wants to point out that it's not an LCD, so cannot suffer LCD burn (which isn't a thing anyway) ;).

    It's an inherent property of AMOLED, but as said above it depends how you (ab)use it whether you will see it within the lifetime of the device. My daughter's S8 is absolutely fine, but she uses lower brightness than many. My Pixel 2 is also an AMOLED, and is about 16 months old with again no problem. But there are always the odd reports of people who have developed the issue after a few months without (according to them) abusing it (i.e. leaving it on full brightness for long periods with static elements on the display), so there may be a few lemons out there too.

    My 2010 HTC Desire has an AMOLED screen, of a much older generation that should be more vulnerable, and I never suffered that effect in more than 3 years usage (though the white point had shifted a bit by the time I replaced it). So anecdotally I think you should be fine.
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