The Pixel 7 Pro’s display driver could reveal a secret Android 13 option

The Pixel 7 Pro's display driver could reveal a secret Android 13 option

Tech Highlights:

  • By using the Pixel 7 Pro’s display driver on the Pixel 6 Pro, Android 13’s screen resolution setting becomes available, and the resolution can be changed to 1080p. The meaning of this is two-fold and points to some of what we can expect from the Pixel 7 Pro. The first is that if the driver is interoperable, it suggests that the earlier report of the displays being similar is correct. Furthermore, it means that the Pixel 7 Pro has a 1440p display and that it will be possible to change the resolution to 1080p. This is currently not possible on the Pixel 6 Pro. Given that it also works, it’s possible that this resolution switcher may be back-ported to the Google Pixel 6 Pro with the Android 13 update.

  • Almost everyone was surprised when Google teased the Pixel 7 series at this year’s I/O event. That hasn’t stopped the leaks, as we’ve already seen a few prototypes make their way into the hands of customers, and we’ve already heard that the display will be similar to the Pixel 6 series. A developer has now been able to utilise the Pixel 7 Pro’s display driver on the Pixel 6 Pro, allowing them to adjust the display resolution.

The developer has also affirmed that this is an actual resolution change and not just a scaled resolution set via adb or through other means. Just to add onto the news about the Pixel 7 Pro display driver running on the Pixel 6, this isn’t a scaled resolution like setting wm size, it’s an actual resolution defined in the driver with custom timings, along with 1080p it also adds 1080p30Hz support too, not sure why.

As to why you’d want to change the resolution, it depends. The most impact dropping the resolution will have is in the likes of gaming, where a game will become much easier to run on a lower resolution. You may find that you can achieve much more consistent frame rates when dropping it down to 1080p. We don’t know anything about Google Tensor 2 yet, so it’s unclear how beneficial dropping the resolution may be to the successor. We’ll be keeping an eye out for any more developments in the future that may benefit Pixel 6 series users and future Pixel 7 series users!

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