Google promises update to enable 90Hz on Pixel 4 in "more brightness conditions"

Peter, 24 October 2019

Fans quickly discovered that one of the best features on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL – the 90Hz mode for the screen – only works when the brightness is at 75% or higher. And they were clearly unhappy about this. But fear not, Google is working on an update for it.

“We have previously planned updates that we’ll roll out in the coming weeks that include enabling 90Hz in more brightness conditions” says Google in a statement. However, there are no details about how much lower than 75% brightness you’ll be able to go after the update.

Google promises update to enable 90Hz on Pixel 4 in ''more brightness conditions''

In the same statement the company clarified the situations when the Pixel 4 screen reverts back to 60Hz. It does it when the battery saver is on and when viewing video). Those make a lot of sense - 90Hz requires more power and most video is shot at 30fps (or 60fps at most).

The third situation is in “various brightness and ambient conditions” without giving more explanation what that means (e.g. how do ambient conditions affect the decision to fall back to 60Hz, is it about more than just brightness?).

A few days ago the company announced that it’s working on a fix for the face unlock, which will happily unlock the phone even if your eyes are closed (e.g. when you are asleep). This update will be released “in the coming months”. Is it just us or does the Pixel 4 feel a bit under-cooked?

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Having 90HZ screen on a 2700 mAh battery with no games or apps supporting 90HZ is like a buying buggatti chiron for driving in Russian Siberia where are no first class roads.

  • s-pen pusher

speaking from real-life experience here. i went from razer phone 1, to razer phone 2, and now am on asus rog phone 2. i was using these alongside with pocophone f1, xperia 1, and galaxy note 10 plus. i kept the phones with 120Hz refresh rates and sol...

  • Anonymous

No it does not, not even close, i have the ipad pro and iphone x, you notice the difference after using the ipad pro and switch directly to a 60hz display but after a while when you are immersed with what you are doing you will completely forget abou...