A timeline of Samsung phones
(Pocket Ribbon) – Samsung continues to be one of the most popular phone makers in the world and for good reason. The Galaxy S flagship smartphones often feature the best technology, innovative designs and easy-to-use functionality that users love.
The Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra were launched as Samsung’s flagship phones for 2021, replacing the previous year’s S20 models and their successors will be officially unveiled on February 9.
While we wait, join us on a trip down memory lane and see how Samsung has changed its devices in our Galaxy S history.
Samsung Galaxy S
The Samsung Galaxy S, which was first released in June 2010, ran on Android 2.1 and had a Super AMOLED display of 800 x 480 pixels. It also had a single-core 1GHz processor and 0.5GB of RAM.
The rear camera was 5 megapixels while the front was just 0.3 megapixels. The thing that really stood out was the Android customization. While we had seen some of TouchWiz on other devices, it felt like it worked on the Galaxy S.
Samsung Galaxy S II
The redesigned phone, also known as the Samsung Galaxy S II, was released in April 2011 and had a similar 800 x 480 display to its predecessor. The processor was boosted to dual-core and 1.2 GHz and there was 0.75 GB of RAM.
The rear camera this time was 8 megapixels, with a front camera of 2 megapixels. Samsung embraced widgets with the Galaxy S II, something HTC was really into.
Samsung Galaxy S III
Sticking again to the Roman numerals, so technically known as the Samsung Galaxy S III, this model came out in May 2012 and was the first in the series to feature an HD display. The resolution of 1280 x 720 was quite revolutionary at the time. It also carried Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
At launch, there was a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, although Samsung stuck to an 8-megapixel camera on the back. It was a little more sculpted than the previous phone and it felt like Samsung wanted to push the design a little harder.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Released in April 2013 and without the Roman numerals that nobody used to refer to Galaxy phones anyway, the S4 had a 5-inch Full HD display. It also boosted the processing power to a 1.9GHz quad-core chip, with 2GB of RAM.
The rear camera also had a jump, up to 13 megapixels. The sense of design we had from the S3 really came through here: the Galaxy S4 was a great phone, it just looked and felt good.
Samsung Galaxy S5
The S5, which came out in April 2014, also had a Full HD display, but it was slightly larger at 5.1 inches (an LTE-A model eventually increased that to 2560 x 1440).
There was a 2.5GHz quad-core processor on board, with 2GB of RAM. And the rear camera has been improved again, to a 16 megapixel module. But the most interesting thing about the Galaxy S5 was the back, which has a plaster texture. Samsung still used removable plastic backs at that time.
Samsung Galaxy S6
The April 2015 Galaxy S line was the first to offer two separate devices at the same time. The more basic Galaxy S6 had a 5.1-inch flat 2560 x 1440 Quad HD Super AMOLED display, while Samsung embraced the curved edges, resulting in the Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus. It was a defining moment for the Galaxy S series, something that will continue after that.
It ran on a Samsung-made octa-core processor, had 3 GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel camera on the back that could record Ultra HD images. A 5 megapixel camera is placed on the front.
Samsung Galaxy S6 edge
Like its stablemate also released in April 2015, the Galaxy S6 edge had a 5.1-inch Quad HD display, octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel camera. on the front side.
Where it differed is that the sides of the screen are curved and wrapped around to create the illusion that there is no bezel – a radical alternative at the time.
Samsung Galaxy S7
The Galaxy S7 was announced in February 2016 and it came with a 5.1-inch QHD display (2560 x 1440).
Like the S6 before it, it was the flat-screen version of two handsets, but with a dual-pixel 12-megapixel camera for better low-light photography and a faster octa-core processor.
Samsung Pay was enabled on the phone, which could work via NFC and magnetic stripe systems.
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
The Galaxy S7 edge was a true flagship in every way. It was also announced in February 2016 and the 5.5-inch dual edge QHD display was simply fantastic.
All the same features as the S7 were on board, and the design was a bit more rounded than the S6 edge that preceded it.
Samsung Galaxy S8
The Samsung Galaxy S8 was the first to introduce the Infinity Display, which referred to it having an edge-to-edge display with virtually no bezels. The front-mounted home button has also been moved back, albeit in a slightly awkward position – something Samsung should correct with the S9.
Though there was also a second variant in the S8 Plus which came with a bigger screen and better battery but the stock Galaxy S8 came standard with curved edges.
Samsung Galaxy S9
At first glance, the S9 looks very similar to the S8 from 2017. The phone still offered that curved edge design and comes with a 5.8-inch OLED display size and was again waterproof.
The Galaxy S9 also offered AR emoji, which allows the phone to create a 3D avatar by scanning your face and creating a series of custom emoji for you. For example, these can be used when chatting in WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger instead of using basic emoji. Social.
The Samsung Galaxy S9+ also launched alongside the S9, offering a dual-aperture main camera that was a step up from last year.
Samsung Galaxy S10
The Samsung Galaxy S10 was launched alongside the larger S10+, the more affordable S10e and a 5G capable model.
Samsung’s 2019 flagship had many of the same design facets that we came to know and appreciate. There were also some improvements to this model, including leading edge concepts such as the UltraSonic fingerprint sensor.
A triple camera system, smart car camera suggestions and wireless reverse charging also made this another flagship to beat. It also had a perforated front camera.
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung’s flagship for 2020 is the Samsung Galaxy S20. There are also more premium variants in the S20+ and S20 Ultra (below).
The standard handset continues with the Infinity Display concept and almost completely eliminates the bezel. It also switches the perforated front camera to the center. The screen sizes of the S20 and S20+ are 6.2 and 6.7 inches respectively, with Quad HD+ (3200 x 1440) resolutions. They also have in-display fingerprint scanners just like their S10 predecessors.
Perhaps the biggest generational leap comes with the increase to a refresh rate of 120Hz for each display, with triple-lens cameras on both, with the S20+ also getting a Time-of-Flight camera. Both phones are 5G capable, and a 4G version of the S20 is also available.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
The father of the 2020 range, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has a gigantic display – 6.9-inches, Quad HD+ (3200 x 1440) and 120 Hz – but will perhaps be best remembered in terms of design for its massive camera. unit at the back .
In addition to a Time-of-Flight sensor, the Ultra features 108-megapixel main cameras, 48-megapixel 10x telephoto and 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle cameras. It is also capable of 100x “Space Zoom” for stunning long-range photography. Just make sure you bring a tripod.
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Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE came in as a more affordable option, but unlike the S10e, it didn’t feel compromised.
It is more affordably priced than the S20 models and matches the power – with Snapdragon 865 worldwide – has a great screen and the camera power of the S20 models.
The build is slightly cheaper and has a flat screen, but is great value for money.
Samsung Galaxy S21
The Samsung Galaxy S21 and larger S21+ take the flagship phone range in a slightly different direction. While they’re a bit cheaper than the launch price of the S20 models in 2020, there have been some moves, with the display being scaled down to just 1080p and moving to a plastic back instead of glass on the back.
But these are still powerful flagship-level devices, with a triple camera setup and adaptive refresh rates for that display, so while it’s only 1080p, it offers 120Hz. But going down slightly means that the S21 Ultra is Samsung’s clear flagship in 2021.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
While most of the focus will be on the massive camera unit on the back, Samsung has tried to shift the talking point to the Phantom Black finish of the S21 Ultra. It’s a premium look and feel for Samsung’s top-of-the-line phone. With the S21 models moving down slightly, there’s a renewed focus on what the S21 Ultra offers, with an opportunity to improve in areas that fell short in the S20 Ultra.
New display technology and a rethink of the rear cameras make for a more attractive package, with Samsung looking to once again prove itself as the flagship phone to crave.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
A little later to the party than its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE launched in January 2022, just before the Galaxy S22 range is expected.
With many of the same design features as the Galaxy S21 range, the main difference on the S21 FE is the color-matched rear camera. In terms of size, it sits between the S21 and S21+ and it also offers many of the same features, including a 120Hz display, although it isn’t quite as capable as the S21.
Like the S20 FE, the S21 FE hits the sweet spot in terms of price and features, with mainly just a downgrade in the camera to allow for the lower price.
Written by Rik Henderson and Max Langridge. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.