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Screen backlight

Hello. I've just bought the Nokia 8 and there's something I'd like to know if is a feature or just my unit. Whenever in a dark room I can see a screen backlight when glance is on, this also happens when then screensaver is on. The screen on the above conditions is never off, and the glance feature in that case seems quite annoying (screen backlight on all the time) Idea?

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Hello, Tbis happens because of the screen technology. Nokia 8 has an IPS screen: in order to see anything on it (including glance), it needs to turn on the light under it. This is how all ips work. The one that you've seen, were only the glance was visible is using an OLED or AMOLED (THIS IS EXCLUSIVE for SAMSUNG. OLED screen are generating their own light, for each poxel. This means thst only the needed pixel are visible. The black ones are turned of. - fun fact: on oled you should keep dark walpapers to preserve some energy. The rumored Nokia 9 will have OLED.
And sorry for bad grammar and spelling, not a native speaker here

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I find the glance screen quite difficult to see at night. My phone is laying flat on my bedside table and from the angle I view it the text is very difficult to distinguish from the backlight glow/bleed. Can the brightness of the text on the glance screen be increased? Or make it larger?


Even better, make it red! Like the Lumia nighttime setting for glance screen.


I feel a product feature idea coming on...

The glance screen is buggy anyway, it doesn't count the correct number of emails, shows them in the hundreds even though you only have around 12 in your inbox. As mentioned above it's because of the way the screen works on the Nokia 8 its an IPS panel so needs a backlight to light it up so you can see the image. Other phones use oled technology which just lights up individual pixels, Samsung have amoled technology and lg have poled. Their are advantages and disadvantages to both, oled screens are prone to screen burn and image retention, IPS panels are not.

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Screen burn and image retention has been mentioned before for AMOLED screens, but they've been used successfully for years. It's all about construction - get it right, and there's no problem. Anyway, this is off-topic really.

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