The star of last week was undoubtedly Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but now that the tech heads have cooled down, it’s time for a more mature analysis of the product. The folks of flatpanelshd have found out that the display of the first Android 4.0 handset isn’t all that impressive…


First thing first, this is NOT a Super AMOLED HD Plus display, but a mere Super AMOLED, so it’s based on the PenTile pixel structure. This means that pixels share subpixels, just like it happened with the Samsung Galaxy Note. The Galaxy Nexus has a display that supports a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, viewed on a 4.65 inch diagonal panel. This equals 315 ppi, close to the Retina Display 326 ppi.

The problem here is the PenTile technology, that generates losses in details and sharpness and a bluish tint around the letters, depending on the background color. Back to the subpixels issue, a calculus shows that the REAL ppi here is around 200, only a bit higher than the one of the Galaxy S II, that uses a Super AMOLED Plus display with RGB pixel structure. Some experts say that a PenTile panel has to go all the way up to 420 ppi to reach the level of a Retina Display… so there’s a long way to go.

For now the iPhone 4 and 4S stay on the top of the game, in the display duel…

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