Google’s mid-range Pixel 6a features a 6.1-inch OLED display running at 60Hz, but there’s a way to unlock it at 90Hz. Twitter user TheLunarixus has created a mod to unlock the 90Hz mode on the Pixel 6a, and they’re working on a custom ROM to make it easier for any Pixel 6a owner to unlock the improved refresh rate.
edge Editor-in-Chief Sean Hollister tested the mod on his Pixel 6a and confirmed that it works. What we don’t know is if the display panel actually supports 90Hz or if it’s effectively overclocking it to achieve a faster refresh rate. We’ve reached out to Google for comment on whether the 90Hz is just software-related or indeed a limitation of the display panel.
The mod exists because many people in the Android community have noticed that the Samsung display on the Pixel 6a shares some similarities with the larger Pixel 6 display, and interest has been piqued. Google claims a 90Hz refresh rate on the 6.4-inch Pixel 6 panel, but the two displays aren’t exactly the same.
Currently mod many participates. To unlock the 90Hz option on the Pixel 6a, you need to enable debug mode and unlock OEM in settings (you won’t be able to do this on a locked carrier phone) and then unlock the bootloader, flash Android 13 beta manually. flash the vendor_boot image with some checks disabled and modified.
If all of this is going over your head or you’ve never heard of it XDA Developers, it’s probably best to wait on a custom ROM. The result of all these hacks unlocks the Smooth Display option and the ability to force the maximum refresh rate to 90Hz in the developer settings.
Others in the Android community have also tested this mod and confirmed that it is legit. Mishal Rahman After applying the mod, he noticed a green color on his phone, which we also noticed (although some have no problem).
There are also some concerns about long-term effects on the Pixel 6a’s display. The developer Kuba Wojciechowski warns He said Samsung couldn’t rate the Pixel 6a’s display up to 90Hz and that it was simply overclocking. TheLunarixus says that we won’t know for sure until the mod is launched on over 100 phones.
“We’re not pushing the panel more in terms of power, all this mod does is add a new frequency mode to the driver with timings from Pixel 6’s s6e3fc3 driver with modified height and width values.” says Lunarixus. “No voltages have been changed here, we’re using our own gamma chart.”
Either way, says TheLunarixus The Verge they are “working on a custom ROM with ROM side changes to make it fully stable and ready for the public”. We’ll be monitoring our own phone to see if there are any long-term effects of unlocking the 90Hz mode, and hopefully Google or Samsung Display will comment on why the 90Hz option isn’t officially available on the Pixel 6a.