The device that definitely started the large-screen trend and was widely accepted as the first phablet of commercial success was the Samsung Galaxy Note 2011. In addition, the term “phablet” portmanteau (a mixture of words between “phone” and ” tablet “) has basically made its debut along with the first note. It was hatefully big for his time, too specific, and it would have been a disastrous failure because no one wanted to wear a monstrous 5.3 “device. Or so they said.
The first Galaxy Note was not loaded. In fact, it has paved the way for what is now one of the most popular and successful smartphone formations to date.
As the family expands and grows, we decide to do a brief retrospection and explore the gradual evolution of this famous lineup.
- 1 Samsung Galaxy Note series evolution:
Samsung Galaxy Note series evolution:
- Original Galaxy Note – 2011
- Galaxy Note II – 2012
- Note 3, Note 3 Neo – 2013
- Note 4 – 2014
- Note 5 – 2015
- *Note 7 (recalled) – 2016
- Note 8 – 2017
- Note 9 – 2018
- Note 10 & Note 10+ – 2019
Samsung Galaxy Note
In September 2011, the “phablet” that defined the category (a phone large enough to be considered a mix of phone and tablet, then phablet) was the first high-end Android device to show off a retractable stylus; the first with a screen so large and dense in pixels: a gigantic (at that time) 5.3 “Super AMOLED with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels, a pentile matrix and a pixel density of 285ppi, which was quite impressive for a device with a big screen in 2011.
Although the Samsung Galaxy Note was initially criticized for its large screen and overall size, both considered an exaggeration in 2011, South Korea’s first phablet quickly dissipated the pessimism that emerged and became a market success: Samsung had sold about. 10 million units for less than a year. Without a doubt, the great success of the first Galaxy Note device has consolidated the place of alignment in the Samsung portfolio.
Samsung Galaxy Note II
After the success of the original Galaxy Note, Samsung simply had to launch a refined successor. The Samsung Galaxy Note II had grown in almost all respects. Starting with the design, which was directly inspired by the 2012 Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S III, and moving on to the specification sheet, which was quite impressive by itself.
The device sported a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, with a pixel density of 265ppi. The chipset chosen was a Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core, with a clock speed of 1.6 GHz and the respectable at the time of 2 GB of RAM, which guaranteed that the Galaxy Note II was a multitasking beast. A 3,100 mAh battery also kept the lights on and made sure that the Samsung Galaxy Note II had fascinating battery life.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Once again, the peak phablet had grown in size, as it featured a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (another first for the Galaxy Note series), which guarantees a high density of 386ppi pixels. The 13 MP camera on the back could record 4K video, another first for Samsung. However, the 3,200 mAh under the removable back cover failed to place the Galaxy Note 3 near the top of our battery life table.
Another key feature was RAM: the 3 GB of integrated operational memory further improved the multitasking capabilities of the device and ensured that it was among the most expensive energy representatives in its category. Samsung has also perfected its TouchWiz interface and implemented a series of improvements to the S Pen, the distinctive feature of the family. In fact, Samsung had thrown everything except the kitchen sink in the Galaxy Note 3 in terms of functionality and almost nothing was missing.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
Announced in early 2014, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo was, of course, a subdued version of the Galaxy Note 3 and distinguished itself from it in several key areas. First, the presented Super AMOLED screen had been reduced to 5.5 inches and the resolution was now 720 x 1280 pixels, which means that the Note 3 Neo screen had a not-so-high pixel density of 267ppi.
A Hexa-core Samsung Exynos 5 Hexa SoC that buzzed at 1.7 GHz made the whole shebang work. The amount of RAM onboard was also lower than the Note 3: 2 GB of RAM, while the rear camera was more modest than 8MP. Even the battery compartment received a blow under the belt: the capacity of the juicer was reduced to 3,100 mAh, but in reality, it was a winning move, since the Galaxy Note 3 Neo ran in a circle around Note 3 in terms of battery resistance.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
The Samsung Note 4 was the first Samsung device available worldwide with an AM AMED Quad AM screen and a metal frame.
However, note 4 was correct in the hardware department: it intended to be the first phone available worldwide with a Snapdragon 805 so charged with internal power (in some versions, that is).
Running at 2.7 GHz, this quad-core SoC ensures a smooth user experience through almost all the tasks you can perform in Note 4. The other variants of the device work with a 1.9-core octa-core Exynos 5433 chipset.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
The fascinating Galaxy Note Edge and its curious lateral stretch screen came out of nowhere, as almost no one expected Samsung to present such an intricate form factor to the device. In addition to the noticeable differences on the screen (which was also reduced to 5.6 inches), the Galaxy Note Edge is similar to the hardware and design of the Galaxy Note 4.
Although Note Edge is a niche puppy from the Galaxy Note litter, it is another waterproof device that reveals Samsung’s roadmap for its successful phablet family. The superimposed display of the Note Edge was interesting and surprising and would have laid the groundwork for future versions of Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Much ink has been spilled on the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which has definitively divided the fan base. It is true that he inherited the fascinating glass and metal design of the Galaxy S6, but he also lost his microSD card slot and removable battery, which many considered a pure sacrilege. Also, in this, there is no IR blaster. Furthermore, Samsung’s strange decision not to sell the Note 5 in Europe has certainly damaged the phone’s overall sales and made many people feel unhappy.
But seen in a vacuum, Note 5 was and actually remains an incredible phone that has encountered many of the boxes that users have long wanted. In addition to the attractive design and good screen-to-body ratio, Note 5 also boasted the excellent Exynos 7420 chipset, one of the best in 2015. Combined with 4 gigabytes of RAM for worthy multitasking experience.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
The Galaxy Note 7 is the phone that Samsung would probably like to forget and erase from history: the attractive device was equipped with defective batteries that burn spontaneously. Some users noticed the problem for the first time and Samsung reacted quickly by withdrawing the phone from the market.
And yes, there was no Galaxy Note 6 at all: the number was omitted because the Note series was a number behind the S series and Samsung didn’t want customers to wonder if the lower number was associated with minor features.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
An important milestone in the Note series, the Note 8 was a courageous step for Samsung: despite the fiasco that the Note 7 was exploding, the company insisted on reviving one of its most beloved and profitable brands. The Note 8 has undergone numerous battery safety checks and features an elegant glass and metal design.
The innovations here include a larger screen, additional memory and a telephoto lens that, for the first time, allows users to take portraits with Live Focus mode that blurs the background and gives the images a more professional look.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Galaxy Note 9 improves one of the most ignored aspects of the experience Note: battery life. With a built-in 4,000 mAh battery, you can take the Note series to a true full-day battery life state.
Samsung also changes the design of the camera with a particular layout that seems a bit strange, but also different. Under the hood, the phone works with the Snapdragon 845 chip (international versions have the Exynos 9810 processor) and has 6 GB of RAM.
However, the improvements have a higher price: the initial price of Note 9 is set at $1,000.
The S Pen for the first time in the Note series has Bluetooth LE support, so you can use it as a wireless controller for Notes. You can take pictures remotely with a click of the S Pen button, browse a slideshow and control media playback.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 & Note 10+
For the first time in 2019, the Note series is available in two different versions: a Note 10+ with a giant screen, a large battery and most options for loyalists, as well as a more compact Note 10 with a screen smaller for those who want the experience of S Pen in a smaller form factor (and a slightly lower price).
The Note 10 series offers a great improvement in design and style: the screen extends to the edge with only a delicate hole in the top that interrupts the entire screen experience. The frames are almost non-existent and the phone is now considerably thinner and more ergonomic than Note 9. The new Aura Glow finish is even more attractive, as it changes color based on the light it reflects and looks impressive.
The S Pen in 2019 was also redesigned, as it now has a much more solid construction, with a unibody design and a wide range of features, including the ability to control the camera.
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