A look at the evolution of Samsung’s Note series from Galaxy Note 1 to Note 7

Samsung Electronics have never failed to astonish Android customers with its every single release. First, its Android smartphone line was a big hit and just as it couldn’t get any better Samsung launched their “Big phone” idea. When smartphone companies were on the caprice of making phones smaller and lighter, Samsung introduced their “Phablet” initiatives, a smartphone design with larger size supposed to overlap the tablet’s working scheme with that of a phone. Samsung Galaxy Notes encourages the use of the “stylus” pen and it has an integrated a “digitizer” which enables the user to hand-draw their tasks such as taking notes and scrap-booking digitally and . The Note has incorporated software characteristics for the stylus and the device’s large screens.

With the brink of its release, it reached extreme popularity and the impression of what it’s like to have a large phone attracted millions of customers. Upon its release in 2011, Samsung sold over 50 million Galaxy Note devices in the following two years. Such a success upon its initial steps leads the smartphone lineup to the most popular up till now.Galaxy_Note_1

With its glorious head-start Samsung Electronic received the encouragement to further enhance the existing models and manufacture further features in it’s one after another model. Samsung Galaxy Notes came out with exciting surprises throughout the years making it till Note 7 from Note 1. We have dug up about the evolution of the Galaxy Note lineup and brought you with this interesting information regarding its models. Let’s check them out.

A Glimpse at the Galaxy Note series

Samsung Galaxy Note [2011]
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 [2012]
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 [2013]
Samsung Galaxy Note Neo [2013]
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 [2014]
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge [2014]
Samsung Galaxy Note 5 [2015]
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 [August, 2016]

Samsung Galaxy Note 1


The First Galaxy Note was proclaimed by Samsung at Berlin in 2011. The 5.3 inch screen was subjected on large bases at the start but later became a big hit for its well stylus functionality proving its larger screen size beneficial. It was acknowledged with the speed of 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. Samsung was proud to announce that it had sold about 1 million Notes in 2 months establishing a profitable victory upon its release in October 2011. The Note initiated with LTE support in 2012, selling 10 million products globally. Note I runs on the firmware of Android OS, v2.3.5 Gingerbread, up-gradable to v4.1.2 Jelly Bean.


Samsung Galaxy Note 2


Samsung Galaxy Note 1 was succeeded by Note 2 at Berlin on August 29, 2012. Upon its release with new improvements such as a larger screen of 5.5 inch and quad-core processor hardware, updated stylus and with its digitizer made super pressure sensitive with about 1,024 levels. User could multitask with split-screening, pen gestures and Air view, enabling users to view the content to show by suspending the pen above the screen. Note II runs on the firmware of Android OS, v4.1.1 Jelly Bean later up-gradable to v4.4.2 KitKat.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3


Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was introduced with much advanced features like 3 GB RAM, 13 mega-pixels camera, a 5.7 inch screen size with 1080p view, 16 GB storage and improved stylus functions. It was release on September 4 2013, with the finest plastic leather back-cover and many more characteristics. It runs on the firmware of Android OS, v4.3 Jelly Bean, can be upgraded to v4.4.2 KitKat and to v5.0 Lollipop.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo


Samsung released Note 3 Neo in the earliest of 2014. Despite the fact that a new version is supposed to be improved, this was not the case with Note 3 Neo. It was more like a degraded version of the Note 3 as its camera’s Mega-pixels lessened down to 8 MP, with its storage only 16 GB and 5.5 inch AMOLED resolution decreased to 720p display. It’s 2GB RAM hardware with the rest of Note 3’s software functionality.

Also Samsung added a Hexa-core Samsung Exynos 5260 chipset processor with 1.7 GHz Cortex and a Mali-T624 graphic processing unit. The batteries almost match Note 3’s. Neo has 3,100 mAh and 3,200 mAh for the Note 2. It’s rear-covering is designed with faux leader with a bit of variation. Despite its degraded model, it’s still priced higher then Note 3. It runs on the firmware of Android OS, v4.3 Jelly Bean, can be upgraded to v4.4.2 KitKat andto v5.1.1 Lollipop.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4


The new model and successor of the Note lineup was release on October 2014. It had similar plastic leather backing like Note 3 but with a metal frame, camera enhanced to 16 MP with optical image stabilization and the same 5.7 inch Quad-HD display of Note 3. The digitizer leveled up to 2,048 of pressure sensitivity. S-pen stylus further enhanced and heavy range of functionality. The most upgrading feature was the fingerprint scanner entrenched in to the home button making an unusual feature come to life. Galaxy Note 4 has proved to be one of the best in the Note lineup to feature Quad-HD resolution, with movements extremely flexible. It runs on the firmware of  Android OS, v4.4.4 KitKat and can be upgraded to v6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge


Samsung, alongside Note 4, disclosed a unique design of the Note series, the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge”. As it’s named Note “Edge” the Note’s sides stretch out at the two sides and have a cover-like design. Samsung shocked its customers with the sudden release of such a model. With its unique Edges, the size of the screen has been decreased to 5.6 inches. The rest of its hardware and software features prove to be similar to that of Note 4’s. The edge acts as a sidebar to display news, apps and other featured tools. It runs on the firmware of Android OS, v4.4.4 KitKat and upgradable to v6.0 Marshmallow.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5


Samsung Galaxy Note 5 unveiled in August 2015, is based on the functionality of Galaxy Note VI. It’s unique glass backing and metal frame gives the phone an exquisite touch. It has a 1440p display of 5.7 inch, a new stylus and Exynos Octa-core 7420. Samsung rounded the edges of the Note to give it a more feel in the hand experience and its almost indistinguishable design to the Note 7. It is designed with a more sensitive fingerprint sensor, enhanced stylus and heat sensor. Most astonishing feature introduced in the phone is the wireless charging and rapid charging. The improved stylus features with the reality like experience of the pen’s click impression and the opening up of a note file the instant the S pen was pulled out of the slot. With its undetectable rear, it has no options of replacing batteries or adding storage to the Note. The list of further surprise features goes on and on, also the camera app enables users take shots and allows live streaming to YouTube publicly and privately. It runs on the firmware of Android OS, v5.1.1 Lollipop and upgradable to v6.0.1 Marshmallow.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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Samsung release the latest successor of the series on 2nd August, 2016 in New York. Samsung directly skipped to Note 7 because of the confusion it was causing among its consumers with its naming scheme. This model is super leveled up in every one of its features making it dynamic with its Exynos 8890 core processor and 4 GB RAM. With its display made super rich with a 5.7 inch screen and Quad HD super AMOLED display with a curved edge at both sides. Its front camera goes up to 5 MP and the back has a dual Pixel 12 MP camera. Hours of usage need an innovated battery boost these days as more and more task are tend to be done by the smartphones that’s why Samsung has booster the charging amperage to three amperes.

The Note 7 is released in multicolor range, having a wide range of colors for the customers to choose from as they desire. The Note 7 is available in Gold Platinum, Blue Coral, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx colors. The irremovable cover casting enables the user to either insert dual SIM or just insert one SIM and has a slot to insert expendable storage up to 256 GB with a microSD card. It runs on the firmware of Android OS, v6.0.1 Marshmallow, will be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat.

With its launch in India on 11th August 2016, Samsung also introduced the new Gear VR headset for a virtual reality experience with Gear IconX earbuds and Gear Fit2 smartband.

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