The Samsung Galaxy Note series is a series of high-end Android-based phablets and tablets developed and marketed by Samsung Electronics. The line is primarily oriented towards pen computing; all Galaxy Note models ship with a stylus pen and incorporate a pressure-sensitive Wacom digitizer. All Galaxy Note models also include software features that are oriented towards the stylus and the devices’ large screens, such as note-taking and digital scrapbooking apps, and split-screen multitasking.
Samsung announced the original Galaxy Note at IFA Berlin in 2011. While some media outlets questioned the viability of the device due to its 5.3-inch screen (which, at the time, was considered extremely large for a phone), the Note received positive reception for its stylus functionality, the speed of its 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, and the advantages of such a large screen size. The Galaxy Note was a commercial success: released October 2011, Samsung announced in December 2011, that the Galaxy Note had sold 1 million units in two months. In February 2012, Samsung debuted a Note version with LTE support, and by August 2012, the Note had sold 10 million units worldwide.
Galaxy Note II
On August 29, 2012, at IFA Berlin, Samsung unveiled a successor to the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note II. The new model, released September 2012, featured improvements to the original Note’s hardware (with a quad-core processor and a larger 5.5 inches (140 mm) display, a revised stylus and an upgraded digitizer with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity for more precise pen input, a new hardware design based on that of the Galaxy S III), along with new features such as pen gestures, split-screen multitasking, Air View (which allows previews of content to be displayed by hovering the pen above the screen), and other new features also introduced by the S III.
Galaxy Note 3
On September 4, 2013, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 3, which introduced a more “premium” design with a plastic leather backing, a 5.7 inch (145 mm) 1080p display, up to 5 minutes of 4K video recording, USB 3.0 connector, and expanded stylus pen functionality. Despite of predecessor, it doesn’t have FM radio.
Galaxy Note 4
On September 3, 2014, at IFA Berlin, Samsung unveiled a successor to the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 4. The new model, released in October 2014, introduced a new design with a plastic leather backing and metal frame, a 5.7-inch (145 mm) QHD display, a 16 MP camera with OIS, improved S-Pen stylus, an upgraded digitizer with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and expanded functionality, fingerprint scanner, and other features taken from the Galaxy S5.
Galaxy Note Edge
Alongside the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Note Edge, which features a display with a curved portion that wraps around the right bezel of the device. The curved area can be used as a sidebar to display news and information tickers, application shortcuts, and other tools.
Galaxy Note 5
The Galaxy Note 5 was announced on August 13, 2015. It is based upon the specifications and hardware design of the Galaxy S6, including its metal frame and glass backing, a 5.7-inch 1440p display, Exynos 7 Octa 7420 system-on-chip, as well as a new spring-loaded stylus slot. As with the S6 and unlike previous Note models, the Note 5 does not offer a user-replaceable battery or expandable storage. The new “Screen off memo” feature allows the phone to be awoken directly to a note screen when the stylus is removed, and the camera app allows public and private livestreaming directly to YouTube.
Galaxy Note 7
The Galaxy Note 7 was announced during a press event in New York City on 2 August 2016. It is largely based on the hardware of the Galaxy S7, inheriting its processor, camera, and the restoration of IP68 water resistance and expandable storage. It is also Samsung’s first device to feature a USB-C connector. The Galaxy Note 7’s display is curved across the sides of the device, and its stylus features higher degrees of pressure sensitivity and a finer tip.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was announced on August 23, 2017 at a Samsung Unpacked event. It features a 6.3″ 1440p Super AMOLED Infinity Display, Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 processor (depending on location), an iris scanner, IP68 dust and water resistance, a new dual-lens camera setup with a telephoto lens and support for Samsung DeX.
Galaxy Note 9
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was announced on August 9, 2018 and is available starting on August 24, 2018.
The Note 9 includes an update to Bixby.
Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+
On July 1, 2019, Samsung announced that it would hold its second Unpacked event of the year on August 7th at 4PM Eastern in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ was unveiled at the show.
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