Update, July 31, 2020 (10:30 AM ET): The OnePlus Nord screen tinting issue described below will apparently get a fix soon. According to a statement from the company given toÂ 9to5Google, a software fix is on the way. However, OnePlus would not say what the fix will do nor when it will actually arrive.
Considering that OnePlus originally stated that this tinting problem was just an aspect of OLED panels and no fix was necessary, this is a pretty big turn for the brand. That just goes to show the power of people on the internet!
Original article, July 29, 2020 (11:00 AM ET): The launch of a popular phone is typically followed by glitch reports from early adopters, and thatâ€™s clearly the case with the OnePlus Nord.
AsÂ 9to5Google reports, users on the official OnePlus forums and Reddit have noticed green, purple, or yellow screen tinting at low brightness levels, typically around the 20% to 25% threshold. As you might imagine, that could be distracting if youâ€™re checking your phone in a dimly-lit room.
OnePlus Nord screen tinting issue
However, software might not be to blame in this case. In a statement toÂ 9to5, OnePlus said tinting at low brightness was â€œcharacteristic of all OLED displays,â€� and that the amount varied from screen to screen. â€œThis is not a quality issue,â€� the company added. This may be inherent to the Nordâ€™s panel, in other words, and wonâ€™t go away with patches.
This is true to at least some degree. Screen tinting at low brightness is common on OLED screens, regardless of the phone or display manufacturer. Users have reported tinting on Galaxy S20 phones (albeit to the point that it needed a fix), for example, and you can see a mild amount of tinting on OLED-equipped iPhones if you look closely. You wonâ€™t completely avoid this trait no matter how hard you try.
The degree of tinting varies, however, and that might be the real issue. If the tinting is inherent to the display, you might just have to either raise the brightness or live with the discoloration where itâ€™s more manageable on other phones. The Nordâ€™s screen is better than youâ€™d expect for the price between its 90Hz refresh rate and a quick in-display fingerprint reader, but that doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s free of limitations.