Pixelworks Tech Makes The Latest Android Displays Better

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Pixelworks has been working to make Android smartphone displays better for several generations of devices. Previous generations of the company’s visual processors and software have appeared in many popular handsets. That includes devices such as the Black Shark gaming phone, in addition to more recent gadgets such as Nokia’s 7.2 and 6.2.

The fifth generation of Pixelworks’ solution ramps everything up over the top of those previous offerings. That’s all thanks to features such as “MotionEngine technology with Dual MIPI processing, Always HDR Experience, also known as “HDR Boost,” and Tone Adaptive Display.”

Pixelworks also indicates that delivers a wide variety of benefits. Summarily, the technology ensures “industry-leading color accuracy, flesh tone reproduction, flicker-free screen dimming, and ultra-smooth adaptive brightness.”


Those features may be showcased nowhere better than via the 120Hz Fluid display found on the new OnePlus 8-series devices. For the series, Pixelworks utilizes the best it has on offer, starting with the Dual MotionEngine Technology.

What exactly does Pixelworks bring to the table for OnePlus 8?

Now, OnePlus started with a 120Hz refresh rate in its latest displays already, delivering a crystal clear Android experience, but the Pixelworks solution takes things further. It mitigates video judder while also independently handling video and graphics. The combination enables this display to handle the most complex use cases. In effect, it serves to preserve the intended motion appearance media content, regardless of what that multimedia is.

On top of that, Pixelworks’ solution builds in an “Always-HDR” technology. That does precisely what it says, upscaling all content to HDR. That does away the problem caused by the fact that the overwhelming majority of content is delivered SDR. And it does that — showcasing up to a billion hues — irrespective of the content’s source.


Every device in the OnePlus 8-series comes ‘factory-tuned’ with absolute color accuracy too. In short, on OnePlus 8 Pro That includes the incorporation of technology to ensure “true flesh tones.” That involves proprietary hardware accelerator and flesh tone models. The purpose of that is to protect or correct flesh tones in real-time. For the standard OnePlus 8, that isn’t quite as complex, involving a software-enabled solution instead.

Color accuracy extends well beyond just fleshy hues though. With Pixelworks’ solution in place, these devices are running color-management software directly on the display-handling unit of the Snapdragon 865. That’s helped OnePlus hit a smartphone industry record level of color accuracy — earning a DisplayMate A+ rating.

Now, the Pixelworks processor in the OnePlus 8 Pro also utilizes the device’s built-in RGB sensor to automatically adapt the color tone of the display to match that of ambient light. That helps reduce blue light but, in general, just keeps tones accurate in a variety of lighting conditions.


Both new OnePlus devices offer similar environmentally-aware adjustments with regard to brightness smoothing. Each offers up to 8,192 of luminance to eliminate screen flickering, flashing, and enable brightness transitions that are smoother than average.

DC Dimming 2.0, Motion Estimation Motion Compensation (MEMC), and a new Dual MIPI architecture round out the features. The former feature reduces low brightness visual issues, via real-time dynamic display current adjustments. The latter features deliver content-specific optimizations and parallel processing. All of that, while reducing power consumption of the display by up to 50-percent over previous generations of the tech from Pixelworks.

TCL is using Pixelworks latest display tech in its Android handsets

Pixelworks isn’t just working with OnePlus on its Android displays this generation either. The company’s technology has found its way into the recently launched TCL 10 series too.


TCL may not be delivering the 6.78-inch 19.8:9 aspect ratio WQHD+ (1440 x 3168 pixels) resolution display of the OnePlus 8 Pro. It isn’t delivering that phone’s 513ppi Pixel density or 1300 nits peak brightness either. But the handsets, with prices set to start at $249 when they launch in Q2 2020, bring no fewer than three Pixelworks solutions.

That all starts with the same industry-leading HDR Tone Mapping with up to 1 billion shades of color. But it also includes SDR-to-HDR conversion across nearly all content and picture clarity enhancements. In the latter case, the solution provides adaptive clarity and quality changes in each device based on ambient light changes.

That applies not only to the TCL 10 Pro’s 6.47-inch curved AMOLED display. It also applies to the 6.53-inch LCD Dotch display found on the TCL 10L and TCL 10 5G.