It was the “Omnia” series that Samsung Electronics introduced as its first representative model in the smartphone market. However, due to the overflowing problems, it remained a nightmare history of the Samsung smartphone, and the actual representative smartphone started with the Galaxy S series. The Galaxy S, first unveiled in 2010, has emerged as a representative model in the Android market by washing away the disgrace caused by the Omnia, and Samsung has prepared another Galaxy series with a large screen and a stylus pen without complacent. The Galaxy Note, which was first unveiled in 2011, came to light like this, and this year, the 9th anniversary, finally the 10th Galaxy Note series was unveiled. What kind of evolution has the Galaxy Note series been through?
The first Galaxy Note was unveiled in September 2011, following the Galaxy S2 released in the spring of 2011. With the Galaxy S2, which is the representative model of Samsung smartphones and received a very good evaluation following the previous work, it started as a sub-brand rather than the main, but it adopted a large screen enough to be evaluated as pioneering a new category of phablets, rather than the Galaxy S2. He also showed a better aspect.
In particular, writing is possible with the Wacom digitizer-based S Pen, which the Galaxy S series does not have. It is not just a touch pen level of writing, but with 256 levels of pressure support, delicate pen touches and drawings are possible, so notes using handwriting and drawing pictures on smartphones quickly spread.
▲ Armed with a large screen and Wacom Pen
The Galaxy Note 2, which was unveiled in August 2012, adopted a design similar to the Galaxy S series, which was released earlier in the first half, as did the previous model. It has a much rounder appearance than before, and the screen has increased 0.2 inches from 5.3 inches to 5.5 inches, but the resolution has decreased slightly. Along with this, as the thickness of the left and right bezels decreased and the aspect ratio changed from 16:10 to 16:9, it was evaluated that the grip feeling improved considerably compared to the previous work.
▲Galaxy Note 2
In particular, the Galaxy Note 2 has changed a lot in the S Pen, and it supports up to 1024 levels, which is a quadruple increase from 256 levels of pen pressure, enabling more detailed drawing. In addition, the convenience of using the pen has been greatly increased by adding an Air View function that allows you to check the contents of e-mail or schedule in advance by simply holding the S Pen close to the screen, and a pop-up note that automatically runs when the S Pen is extracted.
▲ The S Pen’s pen pressure has increased dramatically to 1024 steps
The Galaxy Note 3, unveiled in September 2013, can be said to be a memorable note series in many ways. First of all, due to the sluggishness of its flagship model, the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy Note series has risen to the same position as the flagship model, and it has a completely differentiated appearance, unlike the previous model that followed the design of the Galaxy S series.
▲Galaxy Note 3
In particular, a leather-like pattern was applied to the rear battery cover and a stitched shape was put on the edge to complete a luxurious appearance, and the S Pen began to support an air command menu that combines various functions, further enhancing convenience. The display has increased to 5.7 inches, and the resolution has finally started to provide clearer picture quality by supporting Full HD.
▲ The leather-like back and full HD resolution are key
The Galaxy Note 4, first unveiled in September 2014, inherited the advantages of the previous model and chose a new design. The battery cover on the back retained the leather-like pattern that was well received on the Galaxy Note 3, and the stitch shape on the edge was removed and a metal frame was applied for the first time in the Galaxy Note series, boasting an appearance that coexists with rigidity and softness.
▲Galaxy Note 4
The Galaxy Note 4 adopted 5.7 inches, which has the same screen size as the previous model, but the resolution was further increased to QHD. The S Pen also supports 2048 steps, which doubles the pen pressure, and a tilt function that detects the tilt of the stylus pen has been added. In addition, for the first time in the Galaxy Note series, biometrics are installed, and a fingerprint sensor is built into the front home button, enabling safe and convenient unlocking.
▲The pen pressure has doubled and a fingerprint sensor is built-in.
The Galaxy Note 5, which was unveiled in August 2015, was a bit weak. The screen size has been increased every year, but the previous Galaxy Note 4, while maintaining the screen size, increased the resolution significantly, but the Galaxy Note 5 had the same screen size and resolution as the previous model. The distinctive design of the Note series also disappeared, and it returned to the family look similar to the Galaxy S series, just like in the beginning.
▲Galaxy Note 5
The advantage of the large screen, which was the biggest difference from the Galaxy S series, has also decreased. This is because the Galaxy S series abandoned the single model policy and released the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, which has the same screen size as the Galaxy Note 5. What’s different from the previous one is that it supports wireless charging by changing to an all-in-one battery, and it adopts a method that pops out with a spring recoil when slightly pressed when the S Pen is extracted. However, if the S Pen is inserted in reverse during the design change process, the pen gets caught in the middle and cannot be inserted or removed, which has become a big issue.
▲ An issue of reverse insertion of the S pen occurred.
The Galaxy Note series, which was unveiled in August 2016, had to be the Galaxy Note 6 according to the naming pattern, but Samsung released it as the Galaxy Note 7 beyond the 6. The manufacturer explained that it was to reduce confusion among consumers that the number of two series released in the same year was different due to the nature of the Note series, which was released one year later than the Galaxy S series, but the number is lower than the iPhone 7 released in the fall of 2016. There were many speculations in the public that it was because of concern.
▲Galaxy Note 7
The Galaxy Note 7, which was the first in the Galaxy Note series to adopt an edge display, and with enhanced specifications such as an iris recognition sensor and an S Pen that supports 4096 levels of pen pressure, raised concerns about the occurrence of a fire accident within 5 days of release. . The ignition of the Galaxy Note 7, which was thought to be quiet, occurred consecutively at home and abroad, and all were recalled in September, but the replacement product was eventually discontinued early as an ignition accident occurred. There was also an unprecedented situation of being denied boarding the aircraft for the first time due to a series of fire accidents.
▲ Discontinued early due to consecutive ignition accidents
The early discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 due to the firing of the Galaxy Note 7 greatly damaged the reputation that Samsung has built up so far. However, a year later, in August 2017, Samsung unveiled its successor, the Galaxy Note 8, to recover its honor. The Galaxy Note 8 broke away from the 5.7-inch screen size in 4 years and increased significantly to 6.3 inches, and the resolution, which had been stagnant for 4 years, has also increased to 2960×1440.
▲Galaxy Note 8
The characteristic of the Galaxy Note 8 is that it adopts an Infinity display that significantly reduces the thickness of the upper and lower bezels, like the Galaxy S8. More characteristic than this is that it is the first Samsung smartphone to have dual cameras, and the rear dual cameras consisting of a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera all have optical image stabilization technology applied. As the front home button disappeared, the fingerprint sensor moved to the rear.
▲ Infinity display and dual cameras
The Galaxy Note 9, which was unveiled in August 2018, maintained a similar design to the previous model while making the corners more angular to provide a solid and strong feel. The Infinity Display, which has the left and right bezels almost disappeared and the top and bottom bezels are reduced, is adopted as it is, and the top and bottom bezels are thinner. Like the previous model, the rear camera is equipped with a dual camera with a telephoto of 12 megapixels and a wide-angle of 12 megapixels. The display resolution did not change, but the size was slightly increased to 6.4 inches.
▲Galaxy Note 9
The most different thing about the Galaxy Note 9 is the S Pen. As the S Pen is equipped with a Bluetooth function for the first time, it can be used like a wireless remote control even in a place away from the terminal, breaking away from the conventional usage pattern that was used only in contact or close proximity to the screen. This feature is also useful for taking selfies, and can also act as a presenter.
▲ Bluetooth function has been added to the S Pen, so it can be used as a remote control.
A monumental number of 10 was used, but the ninth note, the Galaxy Note 10, was released in August of last year. The Galaxy Note 10 has changed significantly from before, both in terms of appearance and policy. First of all, the top and bottom bezels have completely disappeared from the left and right, and the front camera is equipped with an Infinity-O display, a so-called punch hole camera, positioned by making a hole on the screen. The biggest change is that it comes in two sizes rather than a single model.
▲Galaxy Note 10 series
The Galaxy Note 10 series was released in two models: the Galaxy Note 10, which adopted an FHD resolution display at 6.3 inches, and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, which adopted a QHD+ resolution display at 6.8 inches. Not only are the screen sizes different, but the rear cameras are also different, with triple and quad cameras. The Galaxy Note 10 has a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto camera, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and a ToF camera for depth measurement was added to the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. A function was also added to the S Pen, and the S Pen gesture function was newly provided by detecting the movement of the S Pen. The fingerprint recognition function entered the display and scanned the fingerprint by touching the screen.
▲ Released in two sizes: 6.3 inches and 6.8 inches
The Galaxy Note 20 released this year seems to be the 20th model in terms of numbering alone, but it is exactly the 10th note series released except for derivative models. This is because 6 was omitted in the middle of the sequential numbering, and numbering 20 was given after the Galaxy Note 10. The Galaxy Note 20 series was also released in two sizes like the previous one, consisting of the 6.7-inch Galaxy Note 20 and the 6.9-inch Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
▲Galaxy Note 20 series
The distinctive feature of the Galaxy Note 20 series is that the two models not only have different screen sizes, but also have different panel shapes. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra adopted an edge display as before, but the Galaxy Note 20 used a flat panel. The rear camera is equipped with a triple camera in both sizes, but only the top model, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, has a wide-angle camera with 108 million pixels and a telephoto camera with 5x optical zoom, and a laser AF sensor is also provided only on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. .
▲ Flat-panel for general, edge panel for ultra