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It has finally happened, after the last year’s disastrous and explosive Note 7, Samsung has revealed the successor of its new phablet Galaxy Note 8 and we all need some time to catch our breath.

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The birth of these amazing features especially the amazing display, Bixby-the AI assistant by Samsung didn’t just happen overnight. In 2011, Samsung started a new and unique trend where bigger was better.

Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4
Note 3 and Note 4

The South Korean company filled the gap between tablets and smartphones by releasing the first phablet named Galaxy Note, a device that changed the way people looked at smartphones. Let’s dive into nostalgia and see the revolution:

Design and Display

In the last 6 years, the company has provided us with various amazing designs and displays in the Galaxy Note series, so let’s recap the major changes:

Thick as a half of a brick

Samsung Galaxy Note 1

The first phablet by Samsung, Galaxy Note boasted a 5.3 inches Super AMOLED high-resolution screen that many tech analysts suggested was too big to attract people, the smartphone had minimum bezels at that time.

The 9.65mm thickness undoubtedly was a bit much though we cannot complain as it was compensated with a bump free profile and we all know that providing the best specs takes time to refine the art.

The Samsung Galaxy Note had a rigid frame with Chrome finishing whereas the entire front featured single glass pane along with two capacitive Android keys which framed the home button. It also housed the power key alongside the volume rocker, a development that some people found odd, talk about how times have changed.

After selling millions of Galaxy Note devices and shutting up many tech analysts who claimed that people will never go for such devices, Samsung followed up by providing something better, the Galaxy Note 2.

Hello Larger Screen

The company moved on from the square look to more rounded edges and showed its adventurous side by providing a larger 5.5 inches Super AMOLED screen that despite the reduction in pixel density in the smartphone showed amazing colors. Like before, the smartphone had a home button and two key beneath the screen.

Bye Bye Plastic & Welcome Full HD Resolution

With the release of Galaxy Note 3, we could see that the company has moved on towards more refined design. Despite boasting the large 5.7 inches screen, the phablet was thinner than the predecessors.

Note 3 moved on from the plastic frame and delivered a rectangular chassis with flashy chrome like edges. The best part about the design was the handset’s patterned backing that made it feel like the whole thing was wrapped in leather and warm hugs.

The company also outdid the Note 2 by providing an AMOLED screen along with the ultra crisp full HD resolution, providing a better viewing experience with sharp colors and crisp images.

Metal is In

galaxy Note 3 and Note 4 back
back of Note 3 and Note 4

With Galaxy Note 4, Samsung said goodbye to plastic and polycarbonate frame and replaced them with the metal rims.

The company also let go of the faux stitching present in the predecessor and introduced more straight sides which made it easier to hold the device. It featured a 5,7 inches screen, giving a boost to the resolution from the 1080p HD in the previous model to a 2,650 x 1,440p quad HD AMOLED display.

Finally a Premium Look

Galaxy Note 5
Note 5

Enter Galaxy Note 5, a phablet that still many people prefer to use maybe because of the fate of its successor, more on that later. The phablet’s design took cues from its Galaxy S series and gave us and offered us a combination of metal and glass. A metallic frame kept the glass panels together but the whole thing was a magnet for fingerprint smudges.

Galaxy Note 5 featured smooth curves, making it easier for people to hold this device. One of the additions in the front was a fingerprint scanner that was integrated into the home button. It boasted a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a 2560 x 1440 resolution, similar to the previous model.

Edge-to-Edge Display

Galaxy Note 7
Note 7

The company skipped the Galaxy note 6 and jumped straight to the twice-recalled Galaxy Note 7 which had the tendency of blowing itself up and then we thought we had issues. Though the phablet was canceled and the refurbished device is only available in South Korea, it provided more screen space in the same size thanks to the edge to edge display.

The glass and metal fused design was quite a looker and the slimmer body further complemented the overall design. It also featured a 5.7-inch AMOLED screen with pixel-dense 2K resolution, which made the device utterly desirable but all of our dreams were caught on fire.

Infinity Display- A Thing of Art

galaxy Note 8 display

The infinity display of Galaxy Note 8 puts many flagship devices to shame with its massive 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960×1440) Super AMOLED screen that looks like a thing of art. The company has followed through on its “Do Bigger Things” promise and has provided a larger display that can be held comfortably in one’s hands.

The smartphone has the same metal and glass infused design, atrratcing tons of fingerprints at the back, which sometimes is annoying but it is impossible to look at the device and not fall in love with it instantly.


The Galaxy Note series apart from being the frontrunner in introducing exceptional Note devices have also provided an amazing battery to compliment the overall working of the smartphone. In the first born of the series, Galaxy Note, the company introduced 2500 mAh removable battery that was considered enormous at that time for any smartphone.

2500 mAh battery- The start of Revolution

In the first born of the series, Galaxy Note, the company introduced 2500 mAh removable battery that was considered enormous at that time for any smartphone.

The Era of 3000 mAh

The next in line, Galaxy Note 2 packed a 3100 mAh removable battery that aimed at getting the user through their work hours seamlessly without losing a sweat.

Introduction of Fast Charging

The next model Galaxy Note 3 boasted a bigger 3200 mAh battery along with the power saving mode and also featured a combination Micro-USB connector and USB 3.0 jacks, providing faster charging times.

The next model Galaxy Note 3 boasted a bigger 3200 mAh battery along with the power saving mode and also featured a combination Micro-USB connector and USB 3.0 jacks, providing faster charging times.

Galaxy Note 4 went up the notch and provided a 3200 mAh battery that could last longer and charge faster.

Galaxy Note 5, on the other hand, downplayed this feature and offered a mere 3000 non-removable mAh battery to its users but despite the seemingly low capacity, the smartphone worked fine.

The Burning Sensation

The Galaxy Note 8 predecessor, Galaxy Note 7 tried to make up for providing relatively smaller battery capacity by offering a 3500 mAh battery and we all know how that ended up, smartphones going Boom where the batteries were the actual cause of the disaster.

8 Point security Check

After dealing with the huge setback due to the Galaxy Note 7 batteries, Samsung introduced its 8 point security check system to ensure the safety of its batteries.

Galaxy Note 8 features a 3300 mAh battery which is a downgrade if we look at the previous models but we cannot blame the company for trying to play it safe.

Processing and Speed

Since the start, the Note series showed exceptional performance where the first device outclassed the other smartphones in the same class. The Galaxy Note 2 followed its predecessor’s example and wowed us with Exynos 4412 Quad chipset coupled with Android JellyBean.

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Galaxy Note 3 was the first phablet to feature Qualcomm chipset, Snapdragon 800 followed by Galaxy Note 4 with Snapdragon 805. The Galaxy Note 5 went back to featuring its own Exynos chipset, a trend that is broken with the inclusion of Snapdragon 835 in Galaxy Note 8, though, the international version will feature Exynos Octa core.

The Galaxy Note 5 went back to featuring its own Exynos chipset, a trend that is broken with the inclusion of Snapdragon 835 in Galaxy Note 8, though, the international version will feature Exynos Octa core.

Samsung has a history of launching two variants, one with Qualcomm and the other with its own chipset.


galaxy Note 3 and Note 4 camera
Camera of Note 3 and Note 4

The first camera in the Galaxy Note series offered 8MP to the users, which was pretty standard in those days and believe it or not, at that time, there was no concept of offering a front camera. Just like Galaxy S2 smartphone, the camera did pretty well in capturing rare moments.

Behold, a Selfie Camera

Galaxy Note 2 was the first of the Samsung’s phablets to offer a secondary camera. It boasted an 8MP rear camera like the older version and 1.9MP front camera.

Moving on, Galaxy Note 3 showed mega improvement in this department where it now boasted a 13MP rear and 2MP back camera. This device also introduced various options like Sound & Shot, Beauty Face, and Animated Photo.

Galaxy Note 4 went above its previous features and provided a 16MP rear camera and 3.7MP front camera for all those important selfies.

The Galaxy Note 5 followed in the footsteps of Galaxy S6 and featured a 16MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter for taking selfies. The next in line device features a 12MP rear camera coupled with a 5MP front camera.

First Dual Camera by Samsung

Galaxy Note 8 camera

Galaxy Note 8 is the first device by Samsung to feature a dual camera, pretty exciting right. The device offers dual 12MP cameras with OIS, wide-angle f/1.7, telephoto f/2.4, and an 8MP f/1.7 front camera,

The two best features of Galaxy Note 8’s camera are; Dual Capture and Live Focus. The former enables the user to simultaneously take the zoomed in the photo alongside a wide-angle shot with the background while the latter enables the user to adjust the amount of blur before or after taking a picture giving the user the liberty to adjust the focus in the image.

Reception of Note Series

Despite initial gloomy analysis, the Note series has received wide appreciation with millions flocking to get the latest device.

Galaxy Note

As we have said before, analysts were quite skeptical about the Galaxy Note device and predicted its short demise but it turned out to be quite successful. By August of 2012, Samsung had sold 10 million Galaxy Note devices

Galaxy Note 2

Galaxy Note 2 followed the success of its predecessor with Samsung selling 3 million devices in just 37 days and after two months, 5 million devices were sold.

Galaxy Note 3

If you think the above numbers are impressive, think again as Samsung sold 10 million units of Galaxy Note 3 worldwide in 2 months.

Galaxy Note 4

Samsung sold 4.5 million Galaxy Note 4 in one month, proving that the Note series can take on the best flagship devices in the industry. Galaxy Note 4 was considered the best smartphone by many tech analysts due to it offering many unique features.

Galaxy Note 5

The sale of Note 5 exceeded the previous year’s model and is still considered as the fan favorite mostly due to the fall out of its successor.

Galaxy Note 7

According to GSMarena, the galaxy note 7 was doing much better in the market, with exactly 25% more sales than the predecessor before the recall.

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