Samsung – A Journey of Innovation in Smartphones
Get to know the innovation trajectory of Samsung with its line of smartphones that conquered the world.
At its core, Samsung has always been a company driven by a simple but profound goal: to create significant innovations. It has expanded the limits of mobile technology and has become a benchmark in smartphones. As mobile technology and innovative hardware design advanced, the Galaxy series stood out among the top-of-the-line smartphone lines.
In this post, we will explore the entire path Samsung has taken in creating and developing the best smartphones the world has ever known and also checking what’s in store for the next decade for the Korean company.
The arrival of Samsung Galaxy
The original Samsung Galaxy S was first unveiled in March 2010. It was not Samsung’s first phone, but it was Samsung’s first solid and well-crafted smartphone and the first to be able to sell millions of volumes.
At launch, it was tasting iPhone 4 from Apple and Google Nexus One. It came with a 4-inch screen of 480 x 800 pixels resolution, up to 4 GB of storage memory, and a 5-megapixel camera – very decent specifications for a smartphone released eight years ago.
After several variations of the Galaxy S, the successor itself came with the Galaxy S II in February 2011, launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (just like the Samsung S9 was).
The screen size was increased to 4.3 inches, the rear camera was upgraded to an 8-megapixel model, and the customized Samsung software on board was the Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It was also one of the first Android phones to come with NFC on board.
The Galaxy III in 2012 showed Samsung increasingly confident with the smartphone manufacturing process. It featured an elementary intelligent personal assistant (S Voice) to tackle the incipient Siri, eye tracking technology and up to 64 GB of storage.
The screen size grew to 4.8 inches with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, and the camera also increased to 8 megapixels. Several variations followed the same year in the series including Galaxy S III Mini.
By 2013, Roman numerals were out, and Samsung introduced the standard numerical digits that were more fashionable. The Galaxy S4 arrived with a 5-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel screen, a 13 megapixels camera, plus a host of software extra including Smart Pause, Smart Rotation, Smart Scroll, Air View, Air Gesture and more.
Samsung was adding everything we could think up on the Android operating system at this stage, and not all of this was very useful, unfortunately.
Launched just four years ago, the Galaxy S5 was a more refined and subtler upgrade than the Galaxy S4 and was also the first Galaxy phone from Samsung caffeine to offer IP67 water and dust resistance, and also the first with a fingerprint reader.
The screen size was enlarged to 5.1 inches (although the resolution remained the same as its predecessor), there was a 16-megapixel camera on the back, and Android 5 Lollipop was the operating system on the phone. It still had a removable battery too.
The advances of a successful line
Over the years, the Galaxy series has continued to break new ground, improving and expanding the smartphone experience with every new device.
So, it’s not very difficult to go back to 2015 and think about the Galaxy S6, the first to be released with an Edge model on the side (following the introduction of the Galaxy Note Edge in 2014).
The leading S6 and S6 Edge phones came with a 5.1-inch screen, 2560 x 1440 resolution and a 16MP camera, while the Edge Plus model increased to 5.7 inches (a very large screen in the 2015 phone market). This continues to be one of the best Galaxy phones ever made.
Just two years later, the Galaxy S7 of 5.1 inches and the S7 Edge of 5.5 inches arrived, bringing back some of the resources released in S6 – as expandable storage and waterproofing water and dust.
The 12-mexapixel cameras were the real stars of the show on these smartphones, with excellent low-light performance, and in making a better phone than the excellent S6, Samsung has confirmed itself as a serious rival to Apple and the manufacturers’ champion of Android phones.
Coming in more recent times, we have the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, which introduced the concept Infinity Display and banned the Galaxy panels for the history books.
The screen sizes were 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches respectively, although the 12-megapixel camera did not receive a major update over the previous year. The fingerprint sensor could have been better positioned in the back, but you cannot have it all.
And now we are almost up to date with the Samsung Galaxy S9 of 5.8 inches and the Galaxy S9 Plus of 6.2 inches. We were treated to some refinements of the S8 and S8 Plus, including an upgraded camera system, even smaller frames, and animated emoji characters.
More recently, we are looking forward to the official announcement of the Galaxy S10, which will have its specifications, price and release dates released on February this year at a Samsung event. The new member of the Galaxy line promises to be the most robust and handsome smartphone in the family.
Shaping the future
Despite a few mishaps along the way, the Galaxy series is undoubtedly leading with the best Android smartphones today, and Samsung shows no signs of giving up its battle against Apple.
The company’s main focus now is on – in addition to further improving the hardware and design of its main line of smartphones – bringing 5G technology to the mass market and launching next generation of foldable smartphones. The company has already implemented the technology in South Korea, and Samsung guarantees that this year users on this side of the world will have a Galaxy line smartphone with 5G.