how did we get here?


Samsung has managed to become one of the most recognizable brands of smartphones thanks to the number of different devices. Despite the wide range, the flagship of the Galaxy S series remains the most popular and recognizable.

Galaxy Fold: how we got here

Samsung Galaxy S smartphones are the main reason for the success of the company in mobile electronics. This series of devices was an important competitor on Android for iPhone, starting with the first Galaxy S smartphone, which was released in 2010. Since then, we have seen the evolution of the flagship model range. We offer a little trip back in time to remember all the Galaxy S models and start from the beginning.

Samsung Galaxy S

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The original Galaxy S was shown in March 2010. Within three years of its launch, Samsung has sold over 25 million devices. Such a success was reason enough to release the receiver. The Galaxy S had a "Home" physical key below the screen, and on the sides there were the "Back" touch buttons and a menu of running apps.

The smartphone was equipped with a fairly large 4-inch screen, below which was hidden the single-core processor Samsung Exynos 3110. Immediately after the Galaxy S was installed Android 2.1 Eclair, which was later updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread . The device had 512 MB of RAM and customers could choose between 8 or 16 GB of storage space. The smartphone has been equipped with a removable 1500 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy S2

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Almost a year after the release of the original Galaxy S, the Galaxy S2 was announced in February 2011. The rear panel with non-slip coating was removable with the possibility of replacing the battery at 1650 mAh. By analogy with the previous model, below the screen there was a physical key "Home" and two tactile buttons. The main camera with an 8-megapixel sensor has been integrated into S2.

The diagonal of the Super AMOLED screen has grown up to 4.3 inches. Depending on the region, the smartphone was equipped with a Dual Exynos 4210 processor, TI OMAP 4430 or Snapdragon S3. At the time of release, Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread was installed on the device, which received updates for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In total, 40 million S2 were shipped worldwide, and in two months after launch, the company managed to sell 3 million smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S3

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In May 2012, Samsung announced the Galaxy S3, a hallmark of the 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display. The novelty was 1 GB of RAM. Depending on market options, an Exynos 4412 Quad or Snapdragon S4 processor was installed. The camera did not receive significant changes: it was an 8-megapixel sensor.

The smartphone arrived with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and the latest official update for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The device case was still made of plastic with the ability to access a replaceable 2100 mAh battery. Samsung has managed to sell 70 million Galaxy S3 worldwide, the first 9 million spread in the pre-orders. After that, it became clear that the Galaxy S line became the flagship series of Android devices.

Samsung Galaxy S4

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In March 2013, Samsung showed the S3 – Galaxy S4 receiver. The new smartphone was similar to its predecessor, with one minor exception: thinner frames on the screen. The screen of the quartet has grown up to 5 inches and has been equipped with a Full HD Super Amoled panel. For the different regions of the market, the Exynos 5410 Octa or Snapdragon 600 processors were installed in the smartphone and a model on the Snapdragon 800 with support for LTE-A chips appeared a little later.

Galaxy S4 went on sale with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on board, later updated to Android 5.0.1 Lollipop. The resolution of the main camera has grown up to 13 megapixels and the removable battery has added 2600 mAh of capacity. For the first 4 days after the start of sales, the company sold 4 million devices, for 27 days the brand of 10 million smartphones sold was reached. Samsung took only six months to sell over 40 million devices worldwide.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

The design of the "five" has changed slightly compared to previous versions. The smartphone case was still plastic and below the screen there was a familiar set of buttons. The device was announced in February 2014. The screen of the Full HD Super Amoled smartphone grew up to 5.1 inches. Galaxy S5 was the first flagship smartphone model «S», which received protection against dust and moisture according to the IP67 standard. The S5 was equipped with a SoC Snapdragon 801 or Exynos 5 Octa 5422 processor (depending on the region), and later a special version with LTE-A on Snapdragon 805.

The smartphone had 2 GB of RAM and buyers could choose between 16 and 32 GB of space. It was the latest "S" series device with a removable battery. The smartphone was put up for sale with Android 4.4.2 KitKat on board and received official updates on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Galaxy S5 – the first device of Samsung's flagship model line, which received a fingerprint scanner. In the first three months 12 million units were sold, but overall sales of S5 went bankrupt and Samsung said it had sold 40% less than expected.

Samsung Galaxy S6

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In March 2015, Samsung presents two S-Series devices: Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. In August of the same year, a special version was released: Galaxy S6 Edge +. S6 and S6 Edge have screens of the same size, the display of the Edge model has been folded on the sides. Both devices were equipped with an Octa 7420 Exynos processor. Samsung for the first time changed the materials of their flagship smartphones, were made of glass with a metal frame instead of plastic. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the "Home" button. Both smartphones received 3 gigabytes of RAM.

The Galaxy S6 Edge + was a standard Edge version with a larger curved screen – 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED. In addition to the larger diagonal, the Plus version received 4 GB of RAM and a 3000 mAh battery instead of 2600 mAh for the S6 and S6 Edge. "Sixes" went on sale with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and eventually received updates for Android 8.0 Oreo. Samsung sold 10 million S6 smartphones after the launch, for a total of about 45 million devices sold.

Samsung Galaxy S7

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The S7 series was announced in February 2016, two Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge smartphones were shown. The main difference between S7 Edge is the curved screen QHD Super AMOLED with a diagonal of 5.5 inches and S7 received the usual QHD Super AMOLED screen with a size of 5.1 inches. The European versions were equipped with Exynos 8890 processors and the options for the United States received Snapdragon 820.

Both smartphones received 4 gigabytes of RAM and were available in different storage options. The device's main camera was equipped with a 12-megapixel sensor. S7 became the latest device in the Samsung flagship series, which used a "Home" button and two touch buttons below the screen.

Smartphones came out on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and received updates on Android 8.0 Oreo. According to rumors, Samsung plans to upgrade the S7 devices to Android 9.0 Pie later in 2019. "Sevens" were the first devices in the series with support for wireless charging. For the first month of sales, Samsung shipped more than 8 million smartphones and in 2016 the company managed to sell 48 million devices.

Samsung Galaxy S8

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Galaxy S8 was launched in March 2017. "Eight" received a significant redesign compared to previous models of the "S" series. Samsung has decided to abandon the conventional screens in favor of curves. Both smartphones were equipped with QHD + Super AMOLED screens with a difference in size, S8 – 5.8 inch and S8 + – 6.2.

Starting with the Galaxy S8, Samsung has decided to abandon the physical buttons in favor of those on screen and the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the rear panel of the camera. For the European market, smartphones were released on the Exynos 8895, and for the United States on the Snapdragon 835. The models differed in terms of battery capacity: in the S8 3000 mAh, in the plus version of the 3500 mAh. "Eights" went on sale with Android 7.0 Nougat and upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo, in the near future should have Android 9.0 Pie.

Samsung has never announced official sales figures. It is known that in the first months after launch, the Galaxy S8 series was sold 30% better than its predecessors.

Samsung Galaxy S9

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The company presented the ninth version in February 2018. By analogy with the previous ones – these were two Galaxy S9 and S9 + smartphones. Both are made of metal and glass. There was a further difference, in addition to the size of the screen and the battery: the S9 + had a dual camera.

Both devices have curved QHD + Super AMOLED screens with a size difference: Galaxy S9 – 5.8 and S9 + – 6.2 inches. The fingerprint scanner has moved to a more comfortable position, under the camera. Smartphones were protected from dust and moisture according to the IP68 standard. The Galaxy S9 was equipped with a 3000 mAh battery, while the S9 + had 3500 mAh. Depending on the region, smartphones were offered for sale with an Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 processor.

On the "nine", Android 8.0 Oreo was pre-installed, in January 2019 received updates for Android 9.0 Pie with the new One UI shell. Samsung has not shared data on sales of the Galaxy S9, it is known that the S9 sold worse than previous models. This information was confirmed by analysts.

Samsung Galaxy S10

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In 2019, the company announced three devices of the "S10" series: the Galaxy S10e received a 5.8-inch screen and a resolution of 2280 × 1080 pixels, a Galaxy S10 with a curved screen and a 6.1-inch diagonal inches with a resolution of 3040 × 1440 pixels and also S10 + with a peripheral screen of 6.4 inches and a resolution of 3040 × 1440 pixels.

In addition to the screen size, smartphones differ in the main cameras: a double module (16 + 12 MP) in the S10e, a triple (16 + 16 + 12 MP) in the S10 and a triple (16 + 12 + 12 MP) in the Galaxy S10 +. It is worth noting that the front version of the plus camera has a double module (10 + 8 megapixels). The new articles will be equipped with an Exynos 9820 processor with Mali-G76 MP12 graphics and will be on sale March 8 with Android 9.0 Pie on board.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Galaxy Fold: how we got here

On February 20, 2019, Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold, the new form factor in the mobile electronics segment. Once folded, Fold is a smartphone with a 4.6-inch compact screen diagonal, the device must be open and a tablet with a 7.3-inch display will appear in front of you.

The device has 12 gigabytes of RAM and 512 GB of storage space. All this nourishes the 4470 mAh battery. Separately, we note the optimized seamless multitasking and the window mode, which allows you to work simultaneously with three applications.



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