Google says Pixel 8 display bumps are normal

The customizable lockscreen of the Google Pixel 8 Pro
(Image credit: Nicholas Sutrich / Android Central)

Update (November 26, 3:42 am ET): Google acknowledges the Pixel 8 screen bumps, but says you have nothing to worry about.

What you need to know

  • The small bumps and ripples spotted on the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro displays are not visible under normal conditions but can be seen under specific lighting angle.
  • Affected users have reported the issue to Google and some have been able to get a replacement phone.
  • Google has not yet officially acknowledged the issue, but some users are concerned that the bumps could cause further damage to the display over time.

It seems like the latest Google Pixel 8 and 8 Pro smartphones are packing an extra feature that no one asked for: screen bumps and dents.

A number of Pixel users have flocked to Reddit and Google's support forums to vent their frustrations about some strange bumps and dents appearing under their phone's display (via 9to5Google). Some users have noticed these bumps near the top edges and near the front-facing camera.

It's being speculated that these are caused by internal components pushing against the display. The good news is that these bumps don't seem to affect the tactile experience. That said, there are concerns that they might become more prominent over time, leading to potential damage.

The Pixel 8 bumps are apparently not visible under normal use, with some users reporting that they only notice them under certain lighting conditions, like bright sunlight. Others have said that they seem to appear and disappear over time.

It's still not clear how widespread the issue is or what exactly is causing it. Some affected users have managed to get replacement phones, but Google hasn't yet issued an official statement on the matter. We've contacted the company for information and will update this story when we hear back.

Besides these screen bumps, Pixel 8 users have recently encountered other issues, including a pink or yellow tint on the always-on display, overheating, and battery problems. These battery issues might be linked to poor mobile data connectivity.

Judging by the latest online chatter, it's not just a few unlucky individuals experiencing these screen bumps and dents. It appears to be affecting a fair number of Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro owners, making their shiny new phones look like they've been through the wringer.

Whether these bumps and dents are purely cosmetic or indicative of a more serious underlying issue remains to be seen.


Google has acknowledged the bumps on the Pixel 8 screen and confirmed that they're caused by internal components. That said, the company assures us that these bumps won't affect the performance or durability of your phone.

"Pixel 8 phones have a new display," a Google spokesperson told Android Central in an emailed statement. "When the screen is turned off, not in use and in specific lighting conditions, some users may see impressions from components in the device that look like small bumps."

"There is no functional impact to Pixel 8 performance or durability," Google adds.

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  • Bla1ze
    Wouldn't really be a Pixel launch without some issues popping up and then quickly disappearing. Sucks though for sure.

    My old Pixel 6 had some weird screen issue shortly after release as well. To Google's credit, they had me take it for repair and it was back in my hands the same day and it never reoccurred.
  • user67
    To Google's credit? TO GOOGLE'S CREDIT ?!?!
    There is no credit for this diabolical company. Every Pixel created has been a pile of *disaster*. This company, worth billions on the back of mass acquiescence, NLP acceptance and ownership of your souls creates the worse mobile trash imaginable, flawed by design to mess with your western minds, borne of the Chinese proverb (chà bù duō jiù xíng le), which literally means “close enough is good enough”. In other words, your just a measly human, get on your knees 5cumbags and eat our horrorshow garbage.

    ... To Google's credit!.... how about to To Google's demise, now that would be awsome.
  • Laura Knotek
    There have been problems with every phone manufacturer. This is not something exclusive to Google. Warranty will address the defects.
  • fuzzylumpkin
    Laura Knotek said:
    There have been problems with every phone manufacturer. This is not something exclusive to Google. Warranty will address the defects.
    Faulty devices aren't unique to Google, but Google definitely seem to work hard to ensure they are at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to QC.