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The Ultimate Visual Guide of the Samsung Galaxy Note Series Evolution

Let's take a look back at the Samsung Galaxy Notes line to see how far the South Korean giant tech has come with one of its most iconic products – and how much has changed.

Samsung Galaxy Note phones are one of the South Korean phone-maker most important smartphones. They’ve started the phablet trend which ultimately became mainstream today. Back in the days, owning one was equivalent of subjecting yourself to jokes and mockeries. After all, who wanted to be seen around with a gigantic device.

As time went by, the Galaxy Note set the path for smartphones with large displays and became one of Samsung most successful products. In this article, we will take a look back at every Galaxy Note the company has introduced since 2011. We’ll see how far they have come and how much has changed since then.

Samsung Galaxy Note Series Evolution

Samsung Galaxy Note

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Milestone: A phablet was born

The Samsung Galaxy Note was the first Galaxy Note phone released by Samsung. It was announced in 2011 and was extremely large and bulky when compared to other phones on the market back then. The phone had a gigantic 5.3-inch screen with S Pen, dual-core Exynos processor, 2,500 mAh battery, and an 8MP main camera. It came with 1GB of RAM and 16GB / 32GB of storage expandable storage and was shipped with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

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Milestone: Air view

The Galaxy Note II was announced in August 2012 and released a month later. The phone was even larger than its predecessor, it came with a 5.5-inch screen, a larger 3,100 mAh battery, and is fueled by the Exynos 4412 quad-core processor. The S pen that came with the Note 2 had that special Air view feature that lets you interact with the device without having to touch the display.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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Milestone: Air Command

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3, was announced in September 2013 and hit retail stores the same month. The huge screen trend didn’t stop with the Note 2. The Galaxy Note 3 was shipped with an even bigger 5.7 Super AMOLED display with1080p. It was powered by the Exynos 5420 octa-core processor and came with 3GB of RAM and 16GB / 32GB / 64GB of expandable storage. There was a 3,200 mAh battery and a 13MP main camera. The notable Air Command feature was introduced with the Note 3, which showed 5 different shortcuts that can be used with the S Pen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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Milestone: Fingerprint Sensor

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was introduced in September 2014 with relatively the same design as the Note 3. However, there was a combination of a plastic and a sturdy metal around the frame that gave it the feel of a high-end product. The phone came with a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, and was powered by the Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor. There was a 3,220 mAh battery and a 16MP main camera. It was the first Note with a fingerprint scanner embedded into the Home button.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

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Milestone: Edge Display

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, a variant of the Galaxy Note 4, was introduced two months later. The phone came with a curved edge 5.6-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display, slightly smaller than the Note 4, but with added functionalities. It had a smaller 3,000 mAh battery due to the edge that took up some real estate space. Basically, the Note Edge was a Galaxy Note 4 with the edged screen, which became a standard feature among Samsung flagship smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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Milestone: Wireless Charging

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was introduced in August 2015 with a new glass sandwich design that made it feels premium. The device came with a 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display and a 16MP main camera. The phone packed Samsung’s Exynos 7420 octa-core processor and came with 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of non-expandable storage. The Note 5 was equipped with a non-removable 3,000 mAh battery that’s smaller than the battery found in last year’s Note 4. Surprisingly, the performance was technically the same.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Milestone: Iris scanner, IP68-certified, HDR-supported display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was introduced in August 2016 and was a total fiasco for the South Korean giant tech. The Galaxy Note 7 packed the Samsung Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core processor and featured 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. The phone came with a dual-curved 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display with support to HDR video, a 12MP main camera, and a 3,500mAh battery. Besides the fingerprint scanner, the phone had iris scanner as a second biometric security measure. While the Note 7 was a beast both on paper and in the real world, it had battery issues that became a safety hazard, which forced Samsung to stop its production on a global scale.

Samsung Galaxy Note Fan

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Milestone: Consumer confidence

Samsung couldn’t let the reputation of its beloved Note line to be tarnished, with that in mind the company released the Samsung Galaxy Note Fan on July 2017, as a variant of the Note 7. Samsung used unused and unopened parts of the recalled Note 7 to build the new device, but with a smaller 3,200 mAh battery enhanced with multiple safety designs, according to the company. The front logo below the earpiece was gone, good riddance.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Milestone: Dual cameras, Samsung DeX

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was introduced in August 2017 with a gorgeous 6.3-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED dual-curved edge-to-edge display. The phone packed the Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB / 256GB of storage. Due to the removal of the home button, the fingerprint scanner was moved to the back right next to the camera setup. The sported a 3,300mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 2.0 fast charging and wireless charging. In terms of camera, the Note 8 was Samsung’s first Note smartphone to ever have a dual-camera setup on the back.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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Milestone: Bluetooth-connected S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was introduced in August 2018 and in terms of design, it was pretty similar to the Note 8 released last year. The phone was shipped with the largest display ever at 6.4 inches and the largest battery ever in a Note: 4,000 mAh. The S Pen got a major upgrade, it can work as remote thanks to a supercapacitor that allows it to connect to the device via Bluetooth.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Milestone: In-display fingerprint, Dynamic Infinity O Display, Removal of the 3mm headphone jack

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series was announced on August 2019. This time Samsung did it a little bit different. The company announced two Galaxy Note smartphones at once, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+. Compared to the Galaxy Note 9 that was a boring upgrade from its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are a huge step forward in almost every aspect from last year model. From the in-display fingerprint reader to the Dynamic Infinity O Display and to the removal of the headphone jack, both phones took the Galaxy Note line to the next level.

Editor’s note: This article will be updated as Samsung continues to release more Galaxy Note phones, so it can always reflect the latest model.

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