As you probably know, despite the 720p resolution, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus isn’t packing a Super AMOLED Plus, but a regular Super AMOLED screen. Those of you that have been paying more attention would even know what the main difference between the two is that the “Plus” AMOLED uses a conventional 3-subpixel-per-pixel RGB matrix, while the regular one goes by with 2-subpixel-per-pixel RGBG PenTile matrix.
So the Samsung Galaxy Nexus should come with one of those PenTile matrices, right? Well, as our macro shots showed – yes. The question remains if that really matters here.
As you can see from the close-up photo of the Galaxy Nexus display below, each of its pixels consists of a green sub-pixel and either a double-sized blue or a double-sized red sub-pixels. So even if the Samsung Galaxy Nexus has higher pixel count than any other smartphone on the market it’s sub-pixel count is identical to that of the iPhone 4S/4 Retina.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus display close-up shot
That means that in applications where sub-pixel rendering is used, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus will have about 60% more resolution than a Galaxy S II or 19% more than an HTC Sensation (instead of the promised 140% and 78%). And things are even closer in terms of sub-pixel density – the Galaxy Nexus advantage being just 48% and 10% respectively.
On the other hand, no one was complaining that the Galaxy S II and the Sensation aren’t sharp enough, so we can’t see anyone frowning at the Galaxy Nexus Prime screen, either. It’s actually next to impossible to see the dotiness or graininess of the on-screen image, as you may have seen it on previous PenTile smartphones, and we doubt anyone will reconsider purchasing the Galaxy Nexus because of it.
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