Latest in Display

Image credit:

The Galaxy Nexus' Super AMOLED display is a minus, not a Plus

Sharif Sakr
October 21, 2011
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

For all the buzz around Samsung's latest hi-def smartphone, the absence of one little word has largely been glossed over. That word is "Plus" -- the wizened Galaxy S II has a "Super AMOLED Plus" display, for example, whereas the sparkly Galaxy Nexus is merely "Super AMOLED." Did the marketeers simply forget those extra hyperbolic keystrokes, or does the difference actually mean something?

Well, regrettably, it does. Samsung uses "Plus" to refer to full RGB displays, in which each pixel possesses its own trio of red, green and blue sub-pixels. Meanwhile, a non-Plus display uses a cheaper PenTile system -- which forces pixels to share each other's sub-pixels. Aside from potential hygiene issues, this results in a lower overall sub-pixel density, reduced sharpness and worse color rendition. We saw the difference clearly enough when Engadget Spanish microscopically compared the original non-Plus Galaxy S against the GS II, and now the folks at FlatPanelsHD have undertaken a more up-to-date comparison at the source link. The upshot? They calculated that, despite its 4.65-inch screen size, the Galaxy Nexus has the same number of sub-pixels as the 3.5-inch iPhone 4/4S. Think of a word with no r, g or b in it, and you eventually arrive at "disappointed."

Update: We just added AnandTech's analysis at the More Coverage link. They point out that if you like the pixel density on the GS II, you should be happy with that on the Galaxy Nexus -- although they don't address color rendition.

[Thanks, Mauro]







All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Netflix delivers 'studio-quality' sound upgrade for Android viewers

Netflix delivers 'studio-quality' sound upgrade for Android viewers

View
Sony may resurrect the Xperia Compact line for small phone fans

Sony may resurrect the Xperia Compact line for small phone fans

View
Apple warns against putting an iPhone 12 too close to your pacemaker

Apple warns against putting an iPhone 12 too close to your pacemaker

View
Facebook inexplicably logs out iPhone users

Facebook inexplicably logs out iPhone users

View
Formula One champion Jenson Button will compete in Extreme E

Formula One champion Jenson Button will compete in Extreme E

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr