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Samsung Galaxy S: a brief history of the line

The huge volume of smartphones released made Samsung one of the most recognizable brands in the world. Of all the variety of mobile technology, the most popular and most famous line is the flagship Galaxy S.

Galaxy S - the main success of the company in the mobile field. Just two years after its appearance, this line was considered the main competitor to the iPhone and all Android flagships. In the nine years of its existence, it has been replenished with a multitude of mobile phones. We will begin her brief review from the very first.


Samsung Galaxy S

Price: 4 850 rubles

The first in the family was the Samsung Galaxy S. It was announced in March 2010. His release was a very successful step for the company. Over the next three years, Samsung sold 25 million devices. At that time it was an impressive figure, and it was the impetus for the development of a successor. But it is worth noting that before the announcement of the Galaxy SII, two special versions of the first flagship, the Galaxy S Plus and the Galaxy S Advance, managed to enter the world.

The Galaxy S had a mechanical square Home button. On the sides of it were two sensory - to call the menu and the "back" command. The 4-inch Super AMOLED display was then considered quite large. The smartphone worked on the base of Exynos 3110 single core processor, Android 2.1 Eclair was installed out of the box. In the future, the smartphone was updated to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The RAM in it was 512 MB. As for the permanent memory, buyers were given a choice of two versions - with 8 and 16 GB. There were no other differences in characteristics. Each of the modifications was equipped with a rear VGA-camera, had a plastic case and a removable 1500 mAh battery.


Samsung Galaxy S2

Price: 4 850 rubles

Samsung Galaxy S2 (according to the canon, its name looks a little different - Galaxy Sll) was announced in February 2011, 11 months after the first Galaxy S. was released. The case remained plastic, but the model received significant improvements in terms of the filling.

A special anti-slip pattern appeared on the back of the smartphone. The cover was removed. Under it was a removable battery with a capacity of 1650 mAh. On the front panel there were three familiar buttons - a square Home and two capacitive ones. The Galaxy Sll presented a powerful camera with an 8 MP sensor.

Display technology has remained the same - Super AMOLED, but the diagonal has grown: its length was 4.3 inches. For different markets, there were three versions of the device based on the Exynos 4210 Dual, TI OMAP 4430 and Snapdragon S3 processors. The operating system used Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread. The smartphone has received several major updates. The latest official update brought on board Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Galaxy Sll was also a success. Two months after its release, Samsung reported about 3 million units sold. Galaxy Sll's total shipments totaled 40 million units. At CES 2013, the company introduced an improved version of the model, called the Galaxy Sll Plus.


Samsung Galaxy S3

Price: 5 850 rubles

The announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S3 (its official name is Galaxy Slll) took place in May 2012. A noticeable difference from the previous generation model was the enlarged display - 4.8 inch Super AMOLED with HD resolution. The owners of the device was available 8 MP rear camera, 1 GB of RAM and 16/32/64 GB of flash memory to choose from. The American version of the flagship was controlled by a Snapdragon S4 processor. For other markets, a version based on Exynos 4412 Quad (also known as Exynos 4) was released.

The return key on the home screen has become half already. Two sensory remained in their places.

The smartphone came with a removable 2100 mAh battery and pre-installed Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. The latest official update brought him Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The design of the case has changed: the main material was still plastic (and quite slippery), but the shape and appearance of the Galaxy Slll could not be confused with previous generations.

Samsung sold 70 million Galaxy Slll, and 9 million units were in pre-orders - they were delivered to customers before the smartphone hit the stores. By that time, it finally became clear that the Galaxy S line was the main flagship among Android smartphones.


Samsung Galaxy S4

Price: 6 950 rubles

Galaxy S4 was announced in March 2013. Outwardly, it strongly resembled the Galaxy Slll. The main design solution has become reduced frame. Under the display are three familiar buttons. Home, as in the Galaxy Slll, had a reduced size. In the manufacture of the smartphone case, polycarbonate plastic was used.

Galaxy S4 received a 5-inch FullHD Super AMOLED display, Exynos 5410 Octa or Snapdragon 600 processor. A version of the Snapdragon 800-based LTE-A smartphone was released separately.

Immediately after the release, the smartphone worked on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, with the latest official update, Android 5.0.1 Lollipop became available to it. The device was powered by a removable 2600 mAh battery. For photos and video it was provided 13 MP camera.

In the first four days after the start of sales, 4 million Galaxy S4 were sold. A month later, this number reached 10 million. The company overcame the mark of 40 million units sold 6 months after the device was released.


Samsung Galaxy S5

Price: 8 950 rubles

Galaxy S5, like its predecessor, did not receive significant design changes. The case material was all the same polycarbonate, the button design remained the same as in the models of the third and fourth generation. In general, the appearance of the device almost did not change. Galaxy S5 turned out a little more angular, but it was easy to confuse it with one of the old models.

The presentation took place in February 2014. The key features of the device are a 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, as well as an IP67 certificate. Traditionally, for the American and world markets, two versions of the device were presented - based on the Snapdragon 801 and Exynos 5 Octa 5422. LTE-A modification came out later and worked on the Snapdragon 805 chip.

The Galaxy S5 was the first flagship smartphone to receive dust / moisture protection and the last to use a removable battery. The battery capacity this time was 2800 mAh. As for the memory, the Galaxy S5 had 2 GB of RAM and 16/32 GB of ROM with the ability to add an SD card. The operating system had a version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, was later updated by the manufacturer to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

A major innovation in the Galaxy S5 has become a fingerprint scanner , built into the Home button. So despite the strong external similarity with the S4 and Slll, the fifth generation of the flagship turned out to be different.

In the first three months, Samsung sold 12 million Galaxy S5. Sales did not go as well as the company expected - in general, 40% fewer devices were sold than expected.


Samsung Galaxy S6

Price: 15 450 rubles

In March 2015, there was an announcement of two models at once, which were included in the Galaxy S6 series - the base S6 and S6 Edge. In August, they were joined by the Galaxy S6 Edge +.

Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge had a 5.1 inch screen with a resolution of QHD. The difference was that the S6 Edge got a display with rounded sides. Both models worked on Exynos 7420 Octa (Snapdragon chips were not used due to overheating problems). This time, Samsung designers abandoned plastic and developed a metal and glass case. The home button also functioned as a fingerprint scanner. Capacitive navigation keys remained in the usual place. Both versions of the smartphone received 3 GB of system memory and three permanent options.

The Galaxy S6 Edge + had an enlarged 5.7 inch QHD + Super AMOLED screen with rounded edges, a larger battery (3000 mAh) and more RAM (4 GB). At the time of release, he was running Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Subsequent updates brought the entire series to Android 8.0 Oreo. In the future, major system updates for S6 are not expected.

During the first month after the release of the S6, Samsung sold 10 million units of this model. According to some data, 45 million S6 and its modifications have been implemented for all the time, but this is not certain: Samsung did not disclose detailed statistics on S6 sales.


Samsung Galaxy S7

Price: from 19 000 rubles

The presentation of the S7 series took place in February 2016. Two devices were presented there - the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. A model called S7 Edge + was not released.

S7 and S7 Edge differed in display: the basic flagship was a plain flat screen, the Edge version got a special one with rounded edges. The screen technology was the same, but the diagonal was different: 5.1 inch QHD Super AMOLED for S7 and 5.5 inch for S7 Edge. In the European version of the flagship was the Exynos 8890 chip, in the North American Snapdragon 820 .

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge received 4 GB of temporary memory, 32/64/128 GB of constant, single rear camera with a resolution of 12 MP and a fingerprint scanner in the Home button. Navigation buttons were also used in this series, but this was their last appearance. Innovation has become a wireless charging function.

Galaxy S7 was sold with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Later, the device became available upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo.

In the first months, sales for various data amounted to 7-9 million units. Total for 2016, Samsung has implemented 48 million S7 and S7 Edge.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Price: from 37 700 rubles

The Galaxy S8 model range was presented in March 2017. It was a new step in the development of the line: this was a serious design and hardware changes.

Both smartphones received a frameless design (or, more precisely, a very thin frame) and a curved QHD + Super AMOLED display, but the S8 + diagonal was 6.2 inches, while the base S8 was 5.8 inches.

In this series, Samsung used a new, atypical solution for itself - abandoned the navigation buttons and moved the fingerprint scanner to the back panel on the side of the camera. Unfortunately, users did not appreciate this approach: there were many complaints on the Internet that the scanner was in an awkward place when trying to touch his finger on the camera lens.

The European version of the Galaxy S8 received Exynos 8895, the American got Snapdragon 835 . Both devices were equipped with a single rear camera with a resolution of 12 MP. In the base model, a non-removable battery with a capacity of 3000 mAh is used, in the older one, 3500 mAh. Both models received wireless charging support. Out of the box, the smartphone is running Android 7.0 Nougat, it already has an official update to Android 9.0 Pie.

Although Samsung did not give official comments on how sales are going, analysts have noted strong demand for the S8. According to them, the series sold 30% better than the seventh generation. In the history of the line, it has become one of the most successful products.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Price: from 48 990 rubles

Samsung Galaxy S9 series was presented to the public in February 2018. It includes Galaxy S9 and S9 +. Both smartphones got metal cases with glass coating, the key difference between them was in the camera: the S9 got a single rear module, and the S9 + became the first Samsung smartphone with a dual camera.

Both smartphones used a QHD + Super AMOLED display with a diagonal of 5.8 inches in the base model and 6.2 inches in the older one. The fingerprint scanner was left behind, however, given the criticism of previous models, Samsung changed its position and installed it from the bottom of the camera. There were no mass complaints of inconvenience this time.

The S8 series has received IP68 dust / moisture protection. Versions with a marker + got a more capacious battery - 3500 mAh vs. 3000 mAh at the base. The international version received the processor Exynos 9810, the American Snapdragon 845.

At the time of release, both smartphones worked on Android 8.1 Oreo. Upgrading to Android 9 Pie for them is ready and distributed by the manufacturer.

Samsung did not disclose detailed statistics on sales, but the income statement for the second quarter of 2018 said that S9 sales were slow. This was also mentioned by analysts, who, according to their sources, came to the conclusion that S9 is selling worse than S8.

Samsung Galaxy S10

Price: from 57 000 rubles

In February 2019, Samsung introduced new flagships. The Unpacked event marked the appearance of the tenth, anniversary model in the S line, and this was the first time Samsung had announced four smartphones at once.

The Galaxy S10 lineup includes the Galaxy S10e, S10, S10 + and S10 5G . All devices look about the same and work on the Exynos 9820 / Snapdragon 855, depending on the market. But inside they differ quite strongly.

Galaxy S10e has the smallest dimensions. It has a flat 5.8 inch fullHD + screen using Dynamic AMOLED technology, a fingerprint scanner in the side power button and a dual rear camera. Galaxy S10 and S10 + received curved displays with a resolution of QHD + diagonal of 6.1 and 6.4 inches respectively, a built-in rear camera and display fingerprint scanners. 5G version has much in common with S10 +. Its distinctive features are the main photo module of 4 lenses, an enlarged diagonal of 6.7 inches and the ability to transfer data over fifth-generation networks.

In the S10 + Samsung for the first time used a ceramic back panel, 12 GB of RAM and reversible charging - the ability to charge other devices by attaching them to the back of the smartphone. The prices in the anniversary series turned out to be the highest in the entire history of the line: the Russian buyers of the Galaxy S10e will cost 57 thousand rubles, the main S10 67 thousand, and the version + 125 thousand. 5G-modification in our country will not be sold due to the lack of networks of the fifth generation. In stores in the US and Europe, this model will appear in the summer.

Source: www.androidheadlines.com

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