A Brief History Of The Samsung Galaxy S Series Mobile Phones
Samsung Galaxy S (2010)
The Samsung Galaxy S is a touchscreen-enabled, slate-format Android smartphone designed, developed, and marketed by Samsung Electronics. It is the first device of the third Android smartphone series produced by Samsung. It was announced to the press in March 2010 and released for sale in June 2010.
At the time of its release, the Galaxy S included the fastest graphical processing of any smartphone, was the thinnest smartphone at 9.9 mm and was the first Android phone to be certified for DivX HD.
As of 2013, over 25 million Galaxy S units have been sold. The Galaxy S name continued on with the semi-related Snapdragon-based Galaxy S Plus and NovaThor-based Galaxy S Advance smartphones. The successor was the Samsung Galaxy S II.
Samsung Galaxy S II (2011)
The Samsung Galaxy S II is a touchscreen-enabled, slate-format Android smartphone designed, developed, and marketed by Samsung Electronics. It has additional software features, expanded hardware, and a redesigned physique compared to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S. The S II was launched with Android 2.3 “Gingerbread”, with updates to Android 4.1.2 “Jelly Bean”.
Samsung unveiled the S II on February 13 2011 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. It was one of the slimmest smartphones of the time, mostly 8.49 mm thick, except for two small bulges which take the maximum thickness of the phone to 9.91 mm. The Galaxy S II has a 1.2 GHz dual-core “Exynos” system on a chip (SoC) processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 10.8 cm (4.3 in) WVGA Super AMOLED Plus screen display and an 8-megapixel camera with flash and 1080p full high definition video recording. It is one of the first devices to offer a Mobile High-definition Link (MHL),which allows up to 1080p uncompressed video output to an MHL enabled TV or to an MHL to HDMI adapter, while charging the device at the same time. USB On-The-Go is supported.
The user-replaceable battery gives up to ten hours of heavy usage, or two days of lighter usage. According to Samsung, the Galaxy S II is capable of providing 9 hours of talk time on 3G and 18.3 hours on 2G. The Galaxy S II was succeeded by the Samsung Galaxy S III in May 2012.
Samsung Galaxy S III (2012) – “Designed for humans, inspired by nature”
The Samsung Galaxy S III is a multi-touch, slate-format smartphone model designed, developed, and marketed by Samsung Electronics that runs the Android OS by Google. It has additional software features, expanded hardware, and a redesigned physique from its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S II. The S III employs an intelligent personal assistant (S Voice), eye-tracking ability, and increased storage. Although a wireless charging option was announced, it never came to fruition. Depending on country, the 4.8-inch (120 mm) smartphone comes with different processors and RAM capacity, and 4G LTE support. The device was launched with Android 4.0.4 “Ice Cream Sandwich”, was updated to Android 4.3 “Jelly Bean”, and can be updated to Android 4.4 “KitKat” on variants with 2 GB of RAM. The phone’s successor, the Samsung Galaxy S4, was announced on 14 March 2013 and was released in April 2013.
Samsung Galaxy S4 (2013) – “Life Companion”
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is an Android smartphone produced by Samsung Electronics and was first shown publicly on March 14, 2013 at Samsung Mobile Unpacked in New York City. It is the successor to the Galaxy S III which maintains a similar design, but with upgraded hardware and an increased focus on software features that take advantage of its hardware capabilities—such as the ability to detect when a finger is hovered over the screen, and expanded eye tracking functionality.A hardware variant of the S4 became the first smartphone to support the emerging LTE Advanced mobile network standard.
The S4 was made available in late April 2013 on 327 carriers in 155 countries. It became Samsung’s fastest selling smartphone, with 20 million sold worldwide in the first two months, and 40 million in the first six months.
Samsung Galaxy S5 (2014) – “My Life, powered by Samsung Galaxy S5″
Samsung Galaxy S5 is an Android smartphone produced by Samsung Electronics. Unveiled on 24 February 2014 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, it was released on 11 April 2014 in 150 countries as the immediate successor to the Galaxy S4. As with the S4, the S5 is an evolution of the prior year’s model, placing a particular emphasis on an improved build with a textured rear cover and IP67 certification for dust and water resistance, a more refined user experience, new security features such as a fingerprint reader and private mode, expanded health features (such as a built-in heart rate monitor), and an updated camera.
The Galaxy S5 received mostly positive reviews; The phone was praised for its display, hardware, camera and battery life but it was criticized for its plastic design, bloated software and the inconsistent fingerprint scanner featured on the phone.
In August 2015, following the release of its latest flagship, the Galaxy S6.
Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge & S6 Edge + (2015) – “Next Is Now”
Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ are Android smartphones manufactured and marketed by Samsung Electronics. The S6 line serves as a successor to the Galaxy S5. The S6 and S6 Edge smartphones were officially unveiled in the first “Samsung Unpacked 2015” event at Mobile World Congress on 1 March 2015, while the bigger S6 Edge+ was officially unveiled together with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 in the second “Samsung Unpacked 2015” event at New York on 13 August 2015. Alongside the S6, Samsung also unveiled the S6 Edge (and later on the bigger S6 Edge+), a variant whose screen is wrapped along the sides of the device; the curvature is usable for several additional features. The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were released on 10 April 2015 in 20 countries while the S6 Edge+ was released on 21 August 2015 in 20 countries.
Although the overall design of the Galaxy S6 still features some similarities to prior models, the construction of the device itself was revamped, with a metal unibody frame and glass backing instead of plastic. The devices also introduced an improved camera, a streamlined user interface, support for both major wireless charging standards, and support for a mobile payments platform that allows the device to emulate the magnetic strip from a credit card. The S6 features other hardware improvements as well, including a 1440p display, a new in-house system-on-chip that utilizes a 14 nm FinFET manufacturing process, and an improved fingerprint scanner.
The Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+ received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised the devices’ upgraded build quality over prior models, along with improvements to their displays, performance, camera, and other changes. However, Samsung’s decision to remove the ability to expand their storage or remove the battery was panned as being potentially alienating to power users, and the S6 Edge was also panned for not making enough use of its curved display to justify its increased cost over the standard Samsung Galaxy S6 which resulted into the release of the bigger S6 Edge+ later on.
Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge (2016) – “Beyond Barriers, Rethink what a phone can do”
Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge are Android smartphones manufactured and marketed by Samsung Electronics. The S7 series is a successor to the 2015 Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge+, and was officially unveiled on 21 February 2016 during a Samsung press conference at Mobile World Congress, with a European and North American release scheduled for 11 March 2016. As with the S6, the S7 is produced in a standard model with a display size of 5.1 inches, as well as an Edge variant whose 5.5-inch display is curved along the wide sides of the screen.
The Galaxy S7 is an evolution of the prior year’s model, restoring features from the Galaxy S5 such as IP certification for water and dust resistance, as well as expandable storage.