10 Years of Galaxy: A look back at Samsung’s iconic ‘S Series’

Only two months of 2019 have passed, and world has already seen the biggest innovations in the smartphones industry. With the pompous display of foldable smartphones and other cool innovations by smartphone manufacturers at the MWC, we can guess smartphones will not be the same anymore.

The biggest tech release of the last month was the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 series.

With the launch of the series, the South Korean tech giant celebrated 10th anniversary of its iconic ‘Galaxy S Series’, which, over the last decade, has brought many firsts into the smartphone industry.

Marking the 10th anniversary, Samsung launched three new devices—Galaxy S10e Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+. With their industry-leading tech innovations and redefined designs, the Galaxy S10 series also marks the arrival of the ‘next generation smartphones’.

A legacy of the S series

During the decade, Samsung’s Galaxy S series led the evolution of smartphones which began with the release of Samsung Galaxy S in 2010. With a modest 4-inch Super AMOLED display and groundbreaking features, the Galaxy S has endeared consumers for over the years and made Samsung the most popular smartphone brand in the world. After the first introduction of Galaxy S, the sizes of the display changed along with the evolution of the Galaxy S series.

The following year, Samsung refreshed the S series with the new Galaxy SII. With a superior processor, 8-megapixel and 2-megapixel rear and front camera respectively and just 8.49mm thickness, Galaxy SII strengthened the foothold of Samsung as a smartphone manufacturer.  

In 2012, sticking with the Roman numerals, Samsung launched the
Galaxy SIII. It was the first Galaxy device to have an HD screen and that too 4.8-inch. The device also introduced Multi Window (Android 4.1), Ambient Light, Smart Stay, S Voice, and S Beam (NFC) and eye-tracking ability.

Start of a new era

The next year, Samsung ditched the roman numerals and opted for Arabic numerals while naming its new device Samsung Galaxy S4. The device came with sophisticated software having features like Smart Program, Smart Rotation, Smart Scroll, and Story Album. The rear camera got a healthy bump up to 13-megapixels and the phone could double as a universal remote.

Galaxy S4

In 2014, Samsung Galaxy S5 hit the market with fingerprint scanner on the home button and a heart rate sensor. The device was IP67 Dust and Water Resistant and had a full HD display alongside an impressive 16-megapixel rear camera.

The year 2015 was all about curves. Two variants of Galaxy S6 were launched—one with a conventional display and another with curves on the edges. Samsung also incorporated unique wireless charging and glass backs made its way into Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Both the variants were capable enough to shoot Ultra HD footage, while the latter had a Quad HD Display panel.  

S6 and S6 Edge

The following year, Samsung also launched two variants, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Both the versions had a dual-pixel 12-megapixel rear camera for better low light photography and faster octa-core processors. Samsung pay was introduced in 2016 with these devices.

The revolutionary Galaxy S8

In 2017, Samsung broke the monotony and raised the bar of smartphone design by introducing the stunning Infinity Display in both Galaxy S8 and S8+.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was the first to have an edge-to-edge display with virtually no bezels. The front-mounted home button was moved to the back too. It is still considered one of the best smartphones of the decade.

Samsung launched Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+ in 2018 further improving the internals and incorporating industry first features such as Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, Dual Aperture, and AR Emoji etc. changing the smartphone experience. Look wise the both S9 and S9+ were twins of their predecessors from 2017, but the new phones came with best-in-class camera system.

What lies ahead

Now, in 2019 Samsung has set another benchmark in the smartphone industry with its all new Galaxy S10 series. Banking on a decade-long legacy of Galaxy innovations, S10 begins a new vision of future smartphones, with revolutionary innovations in display, camera, security and performance. With a legacy of a decade of groundbreaking smartphones, Samsung has become synonymous with innovation and ingenuity. Hopefully, this tech giant will be able to translate its previous successes into further spectacles.  

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