The release date of the Nexus Prime, as well as some real solid details, have been hard to pin down. So far, there’s been a pretty consistent stream of rumored information that’s starting to look more and more reliable as time goes on.
The display resolution of the Nexus Prime is one rumor that hasn’t changed since first posted online. Multiple sources say the next Nexus device will launch with a 1280 x 720 HD display. According to the newest report out of Korean-based Electronic Times, that HD display will actually be a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED HD manufactured by Samsung. There’s some good and bad aspects of this rumor.
Unfortunately, the display is rumored to used Pentile technology to achieve the high resolution. And Pentile isn’t all good. When comparing Pentile and non-Pentile displays that boast the same resolution, the Pentile display will always look much more pixelated. That’s thanks to how Pentile displays work. You see, normal displays have a sub-pixel arrangement of RGB-RGB. Samsung Pentile displays (because there is more than one kind) have a sub-pixel arrangement of RG-BG. The colors still come off brilliantly on Samsung’s Pentile displays, but text could be better. The normal Super AMOLED is Pentile. The Super AMOLED Plus is not. Eventually Samsung will release a Super AMOLED HD Plus. But for now, the technology just isn’t there. I’m guessing that around MWC, Super AMOLED HD Plus will finally be ready to show off.
The good thing is, no one knows exactly how much the manufacturing of Super AMOLED HD Pentile displays has improved. If you shove a 1280 x 720 resolution into a 4.5-inch display, even with only 4 sub-pixels per pixel, that’s still pretty dense. It might just look okay compared to a 4.5-inch 480 x 800 Super AMOLED Plus (like the one on the Samsung Hercules). We’ll just have to see once the device actually comes out. Which brings us to the second half of the Electronic Times rumor.
We’ve been hearing the Nexus Prime will come out some time this fall, in preparation for the holiday season. October has been tossed around for awhile now, and it looks like that month has further confirmation. An exact release hasn’t been confirmed just yet, but if you’ve been trying to decide between a Nexus Prime and a Galaxy S II, they may just launch together.
And in case you didn’t notice, yes, Samsung is still the top candidate for manufacturer of the Nexus Prime. The news of Samsung’s Super AMOLED HD display practically seals the deal. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait much longer until we know for sure.