A look back at how Samsung Galaxy S series evolved

Samsung announced the launch of Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+, marking the 10th year since the launch of the Samsung Galaxy. Let us look back at the past 9 editions of Samsung Galaxy to commemorate the occasion.


Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung Galaxy S

Samsung Galaxy S

This phone first launched in 2010 and was the first to have the three-key system. It had a home button in the center, with a touch-sensitive menu button on the left and a back button on the right. This template was followed by several Android phones that followed it. It had a 4-inch Super AMOLED screen and a 480 by 800 resolution. It was the first time Samsung partnered with TouchWiz for its UI. While this made Samsung unique in the android market, it also caused a system lag.

Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy S II

Samsung Galaxy S II

It was introduced in 2011 as the thinner, lighter, faster version of its former model. It had an improved display to boot and was available with 16GB or 32GB storage. It used a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen. It had an 8-megapixel camera on the back of the phone, with a flash, and a 2-megapixel camera on the front. The Galaxy S II had a dual-core processor with a 1.2GHz clock speed. It continued to use TouchWiz.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S III

The Galaxy S III launched in 2012 and came with a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED screen. It had the same camera specifications but improved photo quality. It was available with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage options. It had a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 CPU which was fast at the time.

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 launched in 2013 and ditched the roman numeral. The only changes in this model were the 13-megapixel camera and the 5-inch Super AMOLED screen. By 2013 Samsung was already occupying the number one position in the Android market.  

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 introduced in 2014, had some new features such as the fingerprint scanner which didn’t receive great reviews. Galaxy sales fell with this model due to a lack of improvements or changes to design. However, it received an IP67 rating for being resistant to water and dust.

Samsung Galaxy S6/ S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

After the dip in sales with the S5, the Galaxy was revamped with the S6 and S6 edge models launched in 2015. The S6 had a flat screen and the S6 edge had a wraparound screen. The display was a Super AMOLED QHD screen and the camera was upgraded to 16 megapixels. The SD card slot and removable battery were ditched.

Samsung Galaxy S7/ S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

These models essentially finetuned their predecessors and were launched in 2016. The S7 had a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED screen and the S7 edge had a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED screen. It was available in both 32GB and 64GB options and saw the return of the microSD card slot.

Samsung Galaxy S8/ S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

These models were launched in 2017 shortly after the Samsung Note’s exploding battery fiasco. This model was intended to gain back brand credibility. They had new “infinity displays” that panned from edge to edge. The S8 had a 5.8-inch screen while the S8+ had a 6-inch screen. The Bixby smart assistant received a lukewarm response but this handset had great reception on the whole.

Samsung Galaxy S9/ S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

The S9 and S9+ were launched in 2018. These models refined the features of S8 but also had a few new features such as the dual aperture mode for the camera that meant better images even in low light. The S9+ also had a new camera with a 2x optical zoom. The artificial reality emojis were also first launched with the S9.

Samsung Galaxy S10/ S10+

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 launched on February 20. It has a bigger screen and an on-screen fingerprint reader. They also come with three cameras on the back. It has a dynamic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and a resolution of 1440 by 3040. There are several other features that will be explored and reviewed soon!

Which one did you own? I sure remember owning Samsung Galaxy S6 and it was really a great device at the time.


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