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Don't smile, it's PenTile

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Bad news, folks. The sexy looking Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the world's first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, has an inferior OLED display.

Close-up photography of the phone's 4.7in panel taken by website FlatPanelsHD reveal the Galaxy Nexus' OLED uses Samsung's PenTile pixel layout.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus display close-up

A Samsung PenTile panel up close
Sourc: FlatPanelHD

That means that instead of each pixel comprising the distinct sub-pixels - reg, green and blue, mixed to generate the coloured dot you see - there are not equal numbers of each sub-pixel. Pixels share sub-pixels.

It's a layout designed to mimic the patten of sensor on the human eye's retina, but the practical upshot is less-smoothly rendered text. The layout gives white pixels a blueish tint.

Does this all matter? FPHD calculates that the Galaxy Nexus' 1280 x 720 display has 1,843,200 sub-pixels, which is exactly the same as the 3.5in, 960 x 640 iPhone 4S "retina display".

In short, the Nexus' extra pixels don't deliver a better viewing experience than the iPhone's LCD. But it's no worse, either. ®

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