The mobile world is moving so fast that every once in a while it pays to stop, look back and see where we came from. In this case, the occasion is given to us by the new Samsung Galaxy S10, whose name gives us the great clue of which generation we are in. Ten releases over nine years, nine years after the birth of the one that would change Samsung’s fortunes in the market.
Samsung claimed that it had crossed the border of the 2 billion phones sold under your Galaxy brand, the one that welcomes the Galaxy S in its bosom, among other models. Of those sales, 677 million correspond to the S line modelsEveryone from the original Galaxy S to the last generation Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. Let’s see how the family has evolved throughout this time.
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Samsung Galaxy S, year 2010
About nine years ago, Samsung was born into what would eventually become one of its great phones. Still, the Samsung Galaxy S wasn’t particularly big, not even for its time. 4 inches looked on its Super AMOLED screen, a technology already established in the brand for some time, and had a resolution quite far from what we see today. 800 x 400 pixels for your panel. Let’s remember, nine years ago of this.
The bet on brains that year was already won by the brand itself, with a Humminbird processor, one of the first models in the Exynos line, which ran at 1GHz. 512MB made up the RAM, 16 times less than the base of their current models, and only 8GB of base storage. By the way, at that time the batteries were removable and the one in the Galaxy S was also removable. Other times.
Samsung Galaxy S II, year 2011
In its attempt to use Roman numerals in place of the current numerals, Samsung was presenting at the Mobile World Congress in 2011 with Samsung Galaxy S II as the main star. The model did not grow much, reaching 4.3 inches, but its processor was already dual-core and the rest of the brain was doubling at the same time. Twice more RAM, twice the capacity to store photos, videos and applications.
The Galaxy SII became dual core and doubled RAM and internal memory
This Galaxy S II can already be considered one of the best sellers of the family, although still far from the one that, for now, is still the king of the Galaxy S. 40 million Galaxy S II were sold and they helped Samsung grow to become the largest mobile phone seller on the market, something that would happen only a year later, in 2012. The Galaxy S II was born from the hand of Gingerbread and died with Nelly Bean. Eight years ago of this.
Samsung Galaxy S III, year 2012
With him came the scandal. If with the Galaxy S II the screen of the Galaxy S went from 4 to 4.3 inches, with the Galaxy S III it grew to 4.8. HD resolution protected by Gorilla Glass in its second generation, and a quad-core Exynos brain that marked the way forward of much of the market. The RAM memory remained stagnant in that generation but the model was allowed to offer a superior variant with 64GB of capacity.
That Galaxy S III was also one of the first Samsung phones to offer 4G variants, something that happened from the first moment. The Galaxy S III battery was still extrapolated and its 8 megapixel camera already showed that Samsung could reach very high in photography. The phone hit the market with Ice Cream Sandwich, although TouchWiz already had a fairly aggressive design that masked Android unceremoniously.
Samsung Galaxy S4, year 2013
With the Samsung Galaxy S4, which finally made the jump to the numerals, there was an intermediate generation, something that has happened a few times in the Samsung catalog. The model, already with 4G, had a model with the year 2013 well advanced, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE Advanced, which updated the processor as well as the modem, and offered 4G faster to adapt to the then new standard of mobile connectivity.
Mid-year renewal with the S4 LTE-A
Regarding its external appearance, the Galaxy S4 reached five inches and its screen reached FullHD for the first time since the birth of the family. They also opted for a Qualcomm brain instead of Exynos, and the RAM was doubled to 2GB. The Galaxy S4 was also the benchmark for functionalities such as aerial gestures, which would not come to fruition.
Samsung Galaxy S5, year 2014
The year 2014 was approaching and Samsung tried to take a step forward in several aspects with its S5, although they were too well received. Like the textured back casing, and commonly known as “the Band-Aid,” and it didn’t get much applause. The phone, built in plastic, too offered protection against dust and water, although this certification would not succeed in the market until several generations later.
The Galaxy S5 was the first in the S line to opt for two different brains depending on the market. We had the Exynos 7580 Octa and the Snapdragon 801, with no choice except imports. RAM was doubled and the camera reached 4K. But the most significant change was the introduction of the fingerprint sensor, located on the Home button on the front of the phone. Unfortunately, it will be remembered as one of the lowest-selling Galaxy S, only 12 million units.
Samsung Galaxy S6, year 2015
With the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S6, there were some important changes in the Galaxy S family. To begin with, the model doubled and came alongside a Galaxy S6 Edge that introduced curved screens in the Korean S-line. The glass body was also chosen, maintaining wireless charging but losing both the extra-pole battery and the microSD card tray.
With the sixth generation, the Galaxy S were made of glass, curved and lost the microSD and the removable battery
The Galaxy S5 also took other steps forward, such as opting for a 2K display for the first time (S5 LTE-A with the SD805) or mounting 3GB of RAM for the first time in the family. The manufacturer tried other features, such as virtual reality, without much luck. The model we saw in Europe was the one equipped with the Exynos 7420, whose four cores could run at 2.1GHz. By the way, had a blood oxygen saturation meter. Experiments
Samsung Galaxy S7, year 2016
After a couple of stumbles with the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6, Samsung once again presented a fairly robust model that stood out for many aspects and also appeared again in stereo. We had the Galaxy S7 with a flat screen on one side and the Galaxy S7 Edge with a curved screen on the other. Two phones in metal and glass in which the dust and water protection reappeared and also the microSD card tray. The removable battery would have said goodbye forever with the S6 and did not appear on the S7.
The Galaxy S7 opted for both the Exynos 8890 and the Snapdragon 820, and took the RAM up to 4GB, in addition to the internal memory up to 32GB. But one of the big standouts on the phone was its photographic looks. A sensor that was reduced to 12 megapixels with an f / 1.7 lens that offered very good results both with light and in the absence of it, and that it was a great advance in photography, shown generations before and stopped for a couple of models. Samsung was already competing with the great photographic exponents.
Samsung Galaxy S8, year 2017
One more year and a new generation that arrived in two installments. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Samsung Galaxy S8 PlusGalaxy, or S8 +, introducing this surname into the S family of Koreans. Here there were no longer flat models and the screens were stretched. The Infinity Display appeared, taking the panel ratio up to 18.5: 9, and conquests such as microSD or protection against dust remained.
With the Galaxy S8, Samsung carried the fingerprint reader on its back and used a soft start button for the first time, using virtual Android navigation. With the S8 also came Bixby, the company’s assistant, and began to integrate support for DeX, the manufacturer’s desktop mode. Samsung resisted the dual camera on these S8s, but it would drop a year later.
Samsung Galaxy S9, year 2018
A year ago today, Samsung introduced the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 +. Two phones that kept essentially the same appearance as the past S8s, but which adopted some important changes for the future of the company. To get started, phones continued dual rear camera introduced with the Galaxy Note 8, although they only did it in the Plus model. The S9 was left with a single 12 megapixel sensor and Dual lens, another photographic advance of the S9.
The S9s also brought AR Emojis to Samsung, the ability to create animated and three-dimensional emojis from our faces. With them also came the speakers signed by AKG and their screens, Super AMOLED with QHD + resolution, they were 5.8 and 6.2 inches. Two great phones that have now been renewed, and multiplied with the arrival of a new additional variant. Two, if we count the 5G model.
Samsung Galaxy S10, four models for 2019
And we have reached the bottom of the ladder, to the tenth generation of Galaxy S phones, which started in 2010 with a single device and has reached four models in this 2019. We have the Galaxy S10e that begins the new family, the Samsung Galaxy S10 that continues it, the Galaxy S10 + that closes the list of phones with 4G and the Galaxy S10 5G, which opens the door to the new generation of mobile connectivity within the catalog of Koreans.
With the S10 come perforated screens, ultrasonic readers and triple cameras
We can start this brief review of the Galaxy S10 by saying that three big changes are introduced in the family in this generation. To get started, perforated screens arrive. Samsung has managed to avoid the ‘notch’ in its Galaxy S and Note, but in return it offers us the Infinity-O in its AMOLED version, which in this generation acquire the Dynamic surname. The inclusion of this perforation for the front screens makes the ratios grow to 19: 9 on all four phones.
Another great novelty is the introduction of triple cameras, just one year after double cameras. In addition, they all grow in number of sensors. Two for the Galaxy S10e, three for the Galaxy S10 and S10 + and four for the Galaxy S10 5G, which is constituted as the most powerful of all those presented. But there is something else, the arrival of ultrasonic sensors. We no longer pose …