Xiaomi devices excel at packing powerful specs in affordable packages. But there’s something about their LCD screens that’s a bit disappointing. People have complained about the way they suffer from screen burn-in issues.
True, this doesn’t affect the phone’s usage in a significant way. But it definitely makes the experience less enjoyable.
The debate is on whether screen burn-in is a software- or hardware-related issue. Well, it can’t be a hardware issue. See, many devices use LCD screens. But not all suffer from image retention. Plus, modders have come up with ways of reducing the problem using software tweaks. It thus shows that the issue is a matter of how manufacturers calibrate their screens.
The Mi A1s featuring Tianma LCD screens are susceptible to ghosting. By contrast, it is rare to hear of the same from those using BOE panels.
How would you know the LCD variant your phone uses?
Open Settings then About phone
Tap Kernel version five times
Choose option 1
If you see something like mdss_dsi_nt35532, then your phone uses a BOE LCD. Those reading mdss_dsi_nt35596 are by Tianma.
All the same, the problem seems to mostly affect the notification area.
See the shot below.
Screen ghosting isn’t limited to Xiaomi devices alone. Google’s own Pixel phones have been displaying these issues too. Pixel 2 XL users, for instance, have reported that their devices suffer from ghosting.
What Causes Screen Burn-in?
Leaving an image displaying on the panel for an extended period of time is usually the main cause. Yet that’s unavoidable in some cases. Take the notification area, for example. This element shows regardless of what app you’ve opened. So it’s hard to avoid having this area burning-in to the display.
Granted, Android has ways of changing the hue of the notification area. Still, if you ask users, the OS’ approach hasn’t made the problem go away.
Static UI elements continue to be a common feature in both the pure Android experience and MIUI. These increase the possibility of services leaving ghost images on the screen.
But as the points below show, there are ways of preventing the issue in the first place.
How to Prevent Screen Burn-in
Preventing screen ghosting boils down to reducing the time any UI element displays. Reducing the brightness of the entire panel also seems to help.
1. Deal with Brightness
Mi A1 users have the Adaptive Brightness option for setting auto brightness. And the Redmi Note 4 has the Automatic mode in the display settings.
These two promise to change panel brightness according to ambient lighting. Yet, some users have found them ineffective at best.
So, a viable option would be to install apps to replace the native offerings. See examples below.