I don t know how to "screw small phones" in Korean, but someone at Samsung had the courage to say it

Seven years ago, Samsung began the era of fables with its brilliant Galaxy Note series. Although it is worth remembering that this was the cause of one of the biggest crises in the company's history.

The beginning of the current decade. The telephone has long been used not only for calling and sending SMSs. BlackBerry has long ago popularized the integration of e-mail smartphone. And the iPhone ... well, the iPhone changed everything. Telephones have become a tool of entertainment and work. With their help, we check information on the Web, browse social media, consume multimedia, and even modify work or school documents. Call function? Well, by the way.

Except that the phones in those days were equipped with relatively small displays. Manufacturers of smartphones with touch panels tried their best to make their products conveniently hidden in their pockets and that they could be operated with one hand - including small ones. Someone at Samsung had to state " screw it" at some point. It was decided to design a phone that is still a pocket device that will provide the most benefits for tablets.

This is how the Samsung Galaxy Note was created

Before the Galaxy Note appeared in 2011, I remember complaining every now and then that the 4.3-inch display is too much. Meanwhile, the 5.3-inch Samsung equipment was caricaturally huge for those times. Samsung did not anticipate any particular success. Note was experimental equipment. Equipped with the latest components, the operating system adapted to the size of the screen and ... stylus, which is something that has disappeared with the decline in the popularity of smartphones with Windows Mobile.

The Galaxy Note display worked at a dizzying resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. In appearance it resembled a representative of the flagship Galaxy S line, although of course it was much larger. Exynos dual-core chip with 1 GB RAM was responsible for its performance. The phone was sold with Android Gingerbread, which was updated to Android Jelly Bean.

A strange experiment was a success. Samsung had no choice: the Galaxy Note II had to be created

The Galaxy Note was on the lips of all industry enthusiasts. It turned out that the demand for a telephone with such a large display is huge. By 15 August 2012, 10 million Galaxy Notes had been sold. And since there is demand, supply must be guaranteed. And as soon as possible before the competition realizes that there is a method in this madness.


Galaxy Note II was not a revolution. It can even be described as an improved Galaxy Note . The second generation offered users a slightly larger, 5.5-inch display and a slightly larger battery. The amount of memory was doubled and more functions were introduced to the system, thanks to which the attached stylus became more useful - the response delay was reduced and gestures performed in the air were introduced. Galaxy Note II worked under the control of Android Jelly Bean, got an update to Android KitKat. He found 30 million buyers.

Galaxy Note III - the competition is starting to wake up

The success of the first two Notes not only prompted Samsung to continue to follow the blow. Smartphones with similar display sizes are beginning to be developed in competition laboratories - with the iPhone 6 Plus at the forefront - but they will not appear on the market until the following year. Meanwhile, in autumn 2013, it appeared: even larger, with a 5.7-inch 1080p display and a 13-megapixel camera.

Samsung, clearly being confident, allowed itself a light dose of extravagance in this model. The third Note no longer looked like an inflated version of the Galaxy S phone - the manufacturer decided to finish with artificial leather, which was to give the Note III a business character. In addition to further improvements when it comes to stylus support, the phone has been able to display two applications simultaneously on its huge screen. Galaxy Note III worked under the control of Android Jelly Bean, was updated to Android Lollipop. Already two months after entering the sale, it found itself in the hands of 10 million customers.

Galaxy Note 4 - because the large display does not make the wow effect anymore

Not only did we get used to the size of Note's display, but also the competition finally became convinced of the form of the so-called story, introducing them to its offer. Interestingly, almost no one decided to copy Samsung ideas to the stylus, focusing on the size of the devices. Samsung had to add something else to further maintain our interest.

It was decided to tempt us with the best equipment - both in terms of components and design. Slim and metal Note 4 did not resemble neither Galaxy S nor competition products. He was not only beautiful but also powerful. This is one of the first ultra-mobile devices on the market with a display working in Quad HD resolution. A fingerprint reader hidden in the Home button and components with absurd performance - at that time - were also introduced. But it is not everything.

In addition to the usual four, Samsung has decided to launch its special variant: the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge phone. It differed from the base version with a spectacularly bent display on the side edge. Application developers could customize their software so that they could use the bend in an unusual way, but hardly anyone decided to do it.

Galaxy Note 5 . A luxury phone for a businessman

It is 2015. The Galaxy Note already has an established position on the market and numerous competitors. However, Samsung does not waste time and presents the next generation of its fiction. The product is increasingly targeted at Samsung's most affluent customers. Its housing is made entirely of glass and metal, according to its high price and image of equipment for serious people . Appearance, however, is not the end of changes.

Note at this point is positioned as something more than a smartphone. The device is packed with additional modules, which include a very sensitive fingerprint reader, heart rate sensor and wireless charging system. As always, the best components available on the market were used: Note5 is high performance, very long battery life and a great camera. There were, however, no victims: this is the first phone from this line with a non-replaceable battery and without a microSD card reader.

Three, two, one ... Galaxy Note 7 . Boom! Wham! Łubudu! And one of the biggest crises in the history of Samsung

Samsung. Already then (2016) one of the most important manufacturers of mobile equipment on the market. The premiere of the Galaxy Note'e 7 is one of the most important industry events of the year. The new phone is equipped with a 5.7-inch curved display with always-on mode, iris reader and an even better stylus. However, there is no point in dwelling on this model. Samsung was forced to withdraw all manufactured phones from the market, and people who bought them call for immediate return to the point of sale.

Galaxy Note 7, due to a design defect, turned out to be a serious threat to the health (and maybe even life) of its users. The phones themselves were prone to overheating, auto-ignition and even an explosion. As it turned out later, the defect was associated with the battery and its protective layer. Note 7 was advertised at almost every airport, where staff urged passengers to get rid of the device immediately. To this day, it is unclear how much Samsung has cost this unprecedented failure. But she certainly taught him caution. According to unconfirmed information, the Galaxy Note 7 was released hastily to the market to beat the iPhone 7 and did not receive adequate quality control.

Galaxy Note8 had a lot to prove. Managed to

Somehow, Samsung survived the image crisis, perhaps due to the somewhat great line of Galaxy S phones and the gaining popularity of Galaxy A. But does Galaxy Note have any future at all after the disaster associated with seven ? Samsung decided to check it out. And not save on anything. Galaxy Note 8 was to delight the whole world. And at least partially succeeded.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The phone appeared in September 2017. It was equipped with the largest display in the history of the Note line to date - a 6.32-inch Super AMOLED unit working at a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. In addition, there were 6 GB of RAM on board and the first ever Samsung camera with two lenses: wide-angle and telephoto. And for the first time in the history of the Note line a dedicated button for Bixby's voice assistant. Note 8, despite the high price, surprisingly achieved commercial success.

Galaxy Note9 - is it a phone or a mobile workstation?

Until today, Note 9 was the latest representative of the groundbreaking Samsung phone line. And it is undoubtedly a wonderful machine. Fablet is equipped with a 6.4-inch display, 128 GB of memory and 6 GB RAM in the cheapest version, a microSD card reader and a battery with a capacity of 4000 mAh. There was also a fast and wireless charging system, a very efficient processor and an IP68 certificate providing proof of resistance to water and dust.

Both lenses of the dual Note 9 camera are equipped with an optical image stabilization system, and the photos taken with them are live retouched by artificial intelligence algorithms. And the stylus attached to the phone is fully integrated with its software, and can even be used as a remote control. This is the object of sighs of many electronics enthusiasts, including mine. And still a great device, although today at 22:00 it will have a successor.

We also invite you to Spider's Web, because there will be a lot of materials about new Samsung products.

Read more about Samsung Galaxy Note 10 :

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  • Samsung reveals the card. This is Exynos 9825 - the processor that will drive Note 10
  • The most expensive appetizer in the world. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 caught on video
  • Galaxy Note 10 will not have a fast 45 W charging
  • Make wallets, just thick. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will debut on August 7
  • Camera in Note 10 with three-position aperture. What could this solution do for you?
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 on accurate renderings. The smartphone has fewer and fewer secrets
  • Note 10 could be a smartphone without buttons, but it won't
  • Galaxy Note 10 on the first leaks. Symmetry is coming back
  • When taking a selfie, you will need to be careful not to pick your eye - Samsung wants to put the camera in the stylus

I don't know how to "screw small phones" in Korean, but someone at Samsung had the courage to say it


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