Samsung Nexus Prime first image surfaces: 4.6” display with impressive 720 x 1280-pixel resolution

Samsung Nexus Prime first image surfaces: 4.6” display with impressive 720 x 1280-pixel resolution
The Samsung Nexus Prime might have just spoiled a part of the iPhone day - the handset heralding Google’s latest Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, was spotted and it packs quite a punch in the form of a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. This gives an impressive pixel density of over 320ppi. And don't worry about the fact that the screen shows 720 x 1184 pixels, as it's simply not counting the status bar and the on-screen key area.

Now, there’s one key factor to be considered - is it going to be a pentile screen or not? If it is, then the quoted pixel density won’t be comparable to phones with RGB screens as the pentile organization includes only two subpixels rather than three.

Interestingly, we also get to see a peek of what's allegedly the Ice Cream Sandwich user interface. As you can see, it looks similar to the Tron-inspired neon Honeycomb UI, a huge change compared to the Gingerbread looks. It definitely looks credible as previously, we saw a similar ICS design leak out in a video.
 
In either case, that’s a bold statement arriving just before the iPhone. Apple’s handset ruled the US market with the highest resolution out there for nearly a year and a half, and it’ll be interesting to see whether it will match the Nexus Prime. Stay tuned as we’ll be covering Apple’s “Let’s talk iPhone” event kicking off in just a couple of hours.

source: GSM Arena

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73 Comments

1. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

what happened to the 4.65?!?

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

4.65 might be good but 4.3 easily fits on a smaller body and gives you around 4.1 for screen and no buttons

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

part of that 4.65 is the bottom where the buttons are since they are all on screen now and no longer physical. maybe they dont count that bottom bar as part of the screen "demensions" since is always there.

25. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That being the case though, can they advertise it as a 4.6" screen, or is this more like the Samsung Continuum's secondary screen? I appreciate that the button area doesn't count toward screen real estate, but will apps use that area of the screen or will they be restricted to the 4.3" central area?

50. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the apps cant use it. its like a honeycomb tablet. its ALWAYS there, as u have no other way to get back to the home screen, ect. im not sure about marketing. its not a "second" screen. Thats kind of a tricky subject i guess. they can say its 4.65 inches without getting into trouble.. because thats the demensions, but it does seem a lil misleading. of course saying "its 4.65 inches, but its only 4.3 inches of usable gaming screen" will be a little complicated for many people. saying its 4.3 inches is undersizing it. I have a feeling we are just going to have to get used to that. Besides, had the report not said it was a 4.3 inch screen, most probably would not have thought twice about it. But 0.3 inches sounds about right for the bottom controls.

53. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

So other than having the buttons disappear when the phone is off (something the Droid Incredible 2 already does with its trick capacitive buttons), what's the advantage to this interface? People here have made hay about ICS being button-free, but it still needs to take up surface area.

58. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

umm.. it looks prettier.. lol. basically i think the biggest advantage is going to be over all phone size more than anything. not needing that half inch or so for button space on the chin can allow for smaller phones while retaining screen size, or larger screens while retaining phone size. Phones like the G2X are perfect examples of how you could trim it up without those buttons, it has nearly an inch under the screen for button configuration. Add 0.3 inches for the screen and subtract the rest from the chin.

61. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It'd be neat if the nav buttons disappeared completely for native 720p video, then reappeared when you press pause/stop.

63. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i could definately go for that... maybe the same thing with games so that way im not constantly hitting the home button by accident.. lol

66. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Good they changed the article title, it now says 4.6". Nice!

56. jogutier

Posts: 324; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

That looks more like a Fascinate than a Prime. :(

24. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I have a feeling the Verizon exclusive Nexus phone will be the only one with the 4.65" screen. That may be part of the exclusivity that Verizon has so they can differentiate with everyone else. I hate to say it but that’s my thought. I could be 110% wrong though. A 4.3" with a Super AMOLED & 1184 x 720 is just ridiculous. That is just a wonderful display. 320ppi is something to be reckoned with. I am so totally fine with that! That just sh*ts on anything out there PERIOD. I can honestly say these Android phones that are coming out are LITERALLY pocket PC's!

37. Phullofphil

Posts: 1823; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I agree sir it is really impressive even if at 4.3

44. Bluedroid

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

@ SuperAndroidEvoDon 't be confused by the strange 1184 x 720 pixels resolution that appears on the system info. That' s just the active area of the screen, with the status bar on the top and the three soft buttons on the bottom not counted. The Samsung Nexus Prime will surely come with a regular 1280 x 720 pixels screen. Source: Gsmarena

51. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you have to add .3 inches in for the screen controls which are always there, it puts you back at 4.65 inches. nothing has changed yet :)

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

YAY no more buttons :D

70. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I'm trying out the bionic right now but I defenitly will return it to get this bad boy. no buttons, better resolution(I can acctualy see the pixels on the bionic its sucks in comparison to my old g driod) better camera. I just hope signal strenght and call quality is up to par with the bionic.

3. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

I like the look of Gingerbread soooooo much more then Honeycomb! Please don't be true!! D: And I want a 4.5" + screen

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I love the Google's strategy. I hope more pictures "leak" out throughout the day. I want Google to steal Apple's thunder. The Google Nexus Prime looks to be a huge BEAST of a phone, & call me crazy but Android's multi-core optimizing Ice Cream Sandwich is ultra sexy compared to the Android wanna be iOS 5. This is going to be a very fun day! lol

6. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

I totally agree.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

taking a page from apple to steal their thunder.. lol

39. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

omg i hope so!!!....not just the prime but anything to "leak" wroth knowing...

38. Phullofphil

Posts: 1823; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Yeah and when iPhone 5 has no LTE support it will give a bigger boost to the samsung prime

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

we need better picks! not just a small leak D;

9. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Guys the display is still bigger than 4.3". The new buttons cover that extra little bit past 4.3" but the actual DISPLAY of the screen where you see the Operating System and everything IS 4.3". The buttons at the bottom add the little extra bit to make it >= 4.5".

40. Phullofphil

Posts: 1823; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

That don't count than cause you could say that about other phones like the bionic

43. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

No, the Bionic has capacitive buttons at the bottom. The buttons on the Nexus Prime are ACTUALLY part of the screen. The ones on the Bionic are completely separate from the screen.

10. No PENTILE! unregistered

It looks like a pentile!!!

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

its hard to tell from the average monitor, makes the pick pixelated

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, if you can tell that from a low rez picture, then kudos to you. i can barely tell in real life unless i put my nose on the screen..lol

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