Galaxy Nexus video performance tests – does it play 1080p?


If you are a long-time reader you might remember the Samsung Galaxy S / Vibrant Video Performance Tests from a couple of years ago.

Now it’s time for a new phone, and new tests! The Samsung Galaxy Nexus sports a gorgeous 4.65 inch AMOLED with 1280x720p resolution. The Galaxy S had amazing playback capabilities for its time, will the Nexus top it?

Stock player woes

The stock player on the Nexus is very poor, much worse than the one on the Galaxy S. It does show promise by playing h.264 in both 720p and 1080p in MKV container (albeit without sound) but there is no support at all for SD content (divx/xvid).

Video below:

Without sound, there’s not much functionality here, let’smove on!


MX Player to the rescue!

MX Player is a free (ad-supported) video player available on the Android market. It allows you to harness the power of the included hardware decoder and use the CPU (a.k.a “software”) decoding for codecs that are not available natively.

Check the video below for playback tests:

Using this player, almost all formats that are available today can be played back – even 1080p content works great, as long as it doesn’t have a DTS audio track. I could never make DTS work properly, not even in 720p mode. If anyone has gotten this kind of container configuration running, let me know in the comments!

The showdown in table form (MX Player):

Video Container Audio Resolution Result
xvid avi mp3 SD OK
xvid avi ac3 SD OK
h264 mp4 AAC 720p OK
h264 mkv AC3 720p OK
h264 mkv DTS 720p Only plays in S/W
h264 mkv AC3 1080p OK
h264 mkv DTS 1080p Crashes
H264 (High bitrate) mkv AC3 1080p Crashes

Conclusion

While the stock player is a step down from the Galaxy S, the playback capabilities with third party software, especially the ability to play back 1080p h.264 files is a step up from the last generation. HD content simply looks great on the Nexus!

Further reading

If you speak Swedish you are in for a real treat – Swedroid has an amazing in-depth review of the Nexus. Highly recommended reading!

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One Comment on “Galaxy Nexus video performance tests – does it play 1080p?”


  1. Nice review about the video qualities you’ve made.

    About the DTS 720/1080P I found a nice discussion here: http://androidforums.com/android-media/343443-720p-1080p-mkv-dts-flac-ac3-player-android.html


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