they manage to unlock 90 Hz on the panel of the Google Pixel 6a

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One of the mid-range mobiles that we have liked the most recently has been the Google Pixel 6a. Although in its category there are terminals that offer twice the refresh rate, Google has wanted to differentiate its three Pixel 6 a lot, leaving the 6a with 60 Hz that, on the other hand, it is a figure shared with much more expensive terminalslike the iPhone 13.

Nathan, @TheLunarixus on Twitter, he’s a video game developer and hacker who, seeing that the Pixel 6a had an already low refresh rate, decided to see if he could touch something to improve it. And with the help of others, as he himself says, managed to get the Pixel 6a to draw the interface at 90 Hz. At first, people doubted him, because he had only provided a capture, but with the web ufo test showed that the little martians they were on their ship at 89 fps.

A modification that is not clear to cause harm

After showing it on Twitter, TheLunarixus has not published open the mod which unlocks 90Hz, but has shared it with a few users so they can try it out on their terminal, including media editors like Sean Hollister of TheVerge.

Installing it is not really complicated, because “only” you need to activate USB debugging and unlock the bootloader of the Google Pixel 6a (this process erases all the information on the terminal). Later, you have to flash the Android 13 beta by disabling certain options, and finally you have to flash a modified vendor_boot image. All this makes the ‘Fluid Display’ option appear that from the Pixel 4 present the Google terminals with screens of 90 Hz or more.

Overclock: what is it, what advantages does it offer and what disadvantages can it have

That this is possible is due to the similarities between the screen of the Pixel 6 and that of the 6a, both with Samsung panels and with a shared identifier “S6E3FC3”. Of course, other developers, like Kuba Wojciechowski, are more skeptical and claim that the identifier belongs to the display driver and the driver, but not to the panel. It must be remembered that for models like the Xiaomi Mi 9 there was already mods lookalikes that made the screen reach a refresh rate of 84 Hz.

The problem with this working on screens that are not the same as the Pixel 6 is that you would not be unlocking something intentionally covered, but you would be stressing the panel by overclocking, although in the process of achieving it nothing has been touched voluntarily (such as voltages), but that the frequency code of the Pixel 6 has been used. Overclock is in any case as long as the manufacturer, Google, does not allow to activate the 90 Hz as standardbut unlocking a feature is different than taking a panel beyond its “healthy” limits.

If it were overclocking of the second type, damage to the panels could exist, although TheLunarixus says that until the mod is executed in more than 100 terminals we will not know. Green tints have appeared on some panels after installing the mod, while others have not. This indicates that we could be facing a case in which there are panels of better quality than others, whose tolerance is greater. Nothing we don’t know about binning and how the chip industry works.

TheLunarixus has told The Verge that they are working on a custom ROM so that this change can be applied in a stable way by the public. It must be remembered that in Xiaomi models such as the Xiaomi Mi 9, certain modifications made its 60 Hz panel could reach a rate of 84 Hz. Another different case was that of the Asus Rog Phone 3, which did have a 160Hz stealth mode developed by ASUSbut hidden via software and very easily activated without messing with code from other terminals.

One of the mid-range mobiles that we have liked the most recently has been the Google Pixel 6a. Although in…

One of the mid-range mobiles that we have liked the most recently has been the Google Pixel 6a. Although in…

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