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Samsung Galaxy Note Series Over The Years – 2011 to 2020

With Samsung, all set to launch Samsung Galaxy Note 20 in the Unpacked event on August 5, let’s look at the journey of Samsung and Samsung Galaxy Note series over the years. The series is amongst the most popular mobile series for any smartphone manufacturer. Started back in 2011 with Samsung Galaxy Note 1 (N7000) and today with Samsung Galaxy Note 20 to be launched on August 5 it has been one ride to remember for Samsung Galaxy Note.

Samsung Galaxy Note (N7000)

Samsung Galaxy Note 1

The Samsung Galaxy Note was launched back in 2011 at the IFA Berlin event. Samsung introduced this as a new series which was somewhat between phone and a tablet which they called ‘Phablet’. Coming with the popular S-Pen, the phone featured a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display. The phone ran on the Exynos 4210 SoC with Android Gingerbread under the hood. The device had just 1 GB of RAM, 8-Megapixel camera, and 2,500mAh Li-ion battery. This revolutionary device was the beginning of the very popular phablet range of devices over the years.

Samsung Galaxy Note II (N7100)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

The Samsung Galaxy Note II was released in September 2012. The Quad-Core device featured a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display. The phone was the first Note device to have a front camera and Fast Charging support. The phone ran on an Exynos 4412 processor and Android Jelly Bean OS.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (N9005)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note was a device launched in September 2013 with many firsts. This was the first Note device to have LTE support, 4K video support, and also a Snapdragon chipset variant. This device also had a toned-down version named Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo launched after it. The phone featured a 5.9-inch Super AMOLED display. The phone ran on the Snapdragon 800 SoC with Android Jelly Bean Operating System. The device also packed 3 GB of RAM and 3,200mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (N910G)

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was launched in September 2014, continuing the September launching trend for Note devices. The phone featured a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display. The first Octa-Core device, the phone featured a Snapdragon 805 SoC with Adreno 420 GPU. The phone was the first Note device to have a fingerprint sensor. The camera setup on the device was 16-Megapixel back camera with a 3.7-Megapixel selfie shooter. The device also had UV, heart rate, and SpO2 sensors as well.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (N920G)

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launched in August 2015 was basically just a rebranded version of Note 4 with minute tweaks here and there. It had the same body with the same screen and a GB of extra RAM. The device did have higher storage variants but at the expense of the MicroSD card slot. The device, however, did introduce Samsung Pay.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (N930G)

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 or the ‘Explosive Device‘ was a forgettable device from Samsung. The Galaxy Note 6 was skipped by Samsung in order to make the S series and Note series have the same number and also because in many countries 7 is considered a very auspicious and lucky number. But the reality, if anything was completely opposite of lucky. There were several cases of heating issues and few even ‘blew up’. The device was banned in aircraft, recalled, and faced serious backlash around the world.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (N950FD)

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is probably the first closest thing to the Note devices we have today and provided a very premium look and feel. The phone launched in August 2017 featured a 6.3-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Display. It introduced Always On Display to Note devices along with the curved (waterfall display) edges. The device came with Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 6 GB of RAM and ran on the Android 7 OS. The phone had a dual 12-Megapixel camera setup on the back with an 8-Megapixel front camera. The phone also introduced wireless charging to Note series of devices. The device also had Samsung’s proprietary assistant Bixby.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (N960FD)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was launching in August 2018. The device was very similar to its predecessor and featured a 6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Display. It had Android 8 out of the box along with 6 and 8 GB RAM options. The device was the first to have Bluetooth enabled S Pen. The phone had up to 512 GB of internal storage.

Samsung Galaxy Note10/ Note 10+ (N975F/DS)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

The latest Note device out there, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ was launched in August 2019. The phone features a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED Display. It runs on the Snapdragon 855/ Exynos 9825 SoC with Android 9 out of the box. The device comes with quad rear camera setup. The screen had a hole punch display allowing the screen to body ratio to be 91%. The phone comes with 12 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of internal storage. The device also had an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone supports 45W Fast Charging for its 4,300mAh battery.


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