Evolution of the Samsung Galaxy Note Series: Similarities and Differences Leading up to the Samsung Note 9

Most of the established smartphone series such as the OnePlus series and Apple's iPhone cater to consumers' widest needs. The Samsung Galaxy Note series stands out from its competitors since it managed to follow its own path by defying modern trends. Since its first release in 2011, the series amassed lots of attention for its sheer size. Here is how the Galaxy Note series proved that big phones were marketable over the years.

Samsung Galaxy Note: The Trend Setter

Before its release back in 2011, most people thought that phones with a 4.3-inch display size were bulky. The Samsung Galaxy Note surprised most of them when it finally arrived. Though its screen measured 5.3 inches, Samsung did not focus on appealing the masses with it. The phone gained critical acclaim as a trendsetter in the Galaxy Note series.

The Galaxy Note rocked a stylus, the S Pen, with a higher-pressure sensitivity when compared to the stylus of other phones. The device stood out from its competitors due to its immense size. Rather than outshining its rivals in sales, the device sparked numerous conversations among tech analysts and smartphone users.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

On September 26, 2012, Samsung released an improved phone in the Galaxy Note series. The Galaxy Note 2 boasted of more S Pen-centric functions, a faster processor, and a better battery cell. Unlike its predecessor, it featured an improved AMOLED panel and a 5.5-inch screen. The Galaxy Note 2 was more evolutionary than revolutionary making it a perfect successor to the Galaxy Note.

 Samsung Galaxy Note 3

In the fall of 2013, Samsung released a more sophisticated phone in the Note series known as the Note 3. The sleek and light phone has a 5.7-inch display, a pressure-sensitive S Pen, and an 8-MP rear camera. Samsung complemented the edges of the phone's rear casing with a faux-leather stitch pattern. This design was an upgrade from the bland plastic designs that the company used in its previous phones.


 Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4 helped to improve Samsung's dominance in the global smartphone market. Samsung applied its premium design language (Galaxy Alpha) to the Note 4, which rocked a metal trimmed frame. During the time of its release (in 2014), the Note 4 was among the few phones to have a fingerprint sensor on the home button and a Quad-HD resolution.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung experimented with the curved screen design on the Galaxy Note Edge. Most people loved the curved edges that the phone had. Though the phone was similar in terms of software to the Note 4, it had a compelling structure. Samsung also released the Note Edge in the same year as the Note 4.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Galaxy Note 5 had premium features such as an updates S Pen, a heart rate sensor and a more responsive fingerprint sensor. Samsung released it in 2015 with a goal of making it stand out from its predecessors in terms of its premium design. It also had a long battery life and high-resolution camera.

 Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Though Samsung did not use the '6' name in the phone, Note 7 was the sixth phone under the Galaxy Note series. The phone had disruptive features such as an iris scanner for unlocking it and a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen. Samsung ended the production of the Note 7 in late 2016 after several users stated that the phone was overheating or even exploding. The company released a refurbished version of the Note 7 in July 2017 with smaller batteries.

 Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Note 8 stood out from other phones in the Note series due to its Super AMOLED 6.32-inch 2,960 x 1,440 resolution display. It was the first Samsung phone to feature a dual rear camera setup, which included two 12MP sensors. The Note 8 did not have any battery issues, unlike its predecessor. With a starting price of $930, it was the most expensive Samsung phone at the time of its release (September 2017).

 Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch is the latest and greatest phone in the Galaxy Note series. Though its scheduled release date is August 24, 2018, there are speculations that the Note 9 will outdo its competitors. The phone will come with a 6.4-inch display, 4,000mAh battery, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The Note 9 will feature an S Pen with a battery that can fully charge in 40 seconds.


It is exciting to note that Samsung released phones with improved features in the Galaxy Note series. The company proved to the smartphone users that phones with bigger screens are better than what they thought. The company is also likely to surprise them with more astonishing Galaxy Note designs in the future.