Samsung Galaxy Nexus comes up short on sub-pixels
Don't smile, it's PenTile
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 .
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.
In short, the Nexus' extra pixels don't deliver a better viewing experience than the iPhone's LCD. But it's no worse, either. ®