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The Journey of Galaxy S lineup from great Galaxy S to wow Galaxy S9

25 February 2018 5

Samsung acquired the status of largest smartphone manufacturer was not achieved in a single day but instead, the company took a number of years to achieve the rank of biggest Android smartphone manufacturer. Without any doubt, Samsung's flagship lineup was the main driving force behind the South Korean giant success. What they achieved today Galaxy S-lineup played an important role.

So far the company released eight iterations of their Galaxy S series and since the start of series, every new iteration opens new doors of success for the South Korean giant. Now all eyes are on the ​ninth iterations of Galaxy S series and this year we are expecting a completely revamped flagship smartphone. This year will mark a refreshing change in Samsung's Galaxy S flagship lineup.
We recently compiled all details regarding upcoming Galaxy S8 but today we will take a look back at what Samsung brought in first Galaxy S flagship smartphone and the successors till upcoming Galaxy S9. It was indeed a long journey and with each new iteration, Samsung's flagship smartphone stature rises. So without any further delay let's check out the evolutionary history of one of the most successful Android flagship lineup.
Samsung Galaxy S
Release Date: June 2, 2010

Samsung announced the first Galaxy S smartphone back in 2010. Soon after its release, the device becomes one of the best-selling smartphones of Samsung. As per stats, the South Korean giant was able to sell more than 20 million Galaxy S units around the globe which clearly gives Samsung indication that this lineup could be further enhanced in future.

As far as hardware specs is a concern, the device was truly flagship and one of its kind. It was packed with Super AMOLED 4-inch display which makes it one of the first smartphone to have such kind of display. The Galaxy S was powered by Samsung's own Hummingbird SoC clocking at 1GHz. Samsung used plastic for the designing of Galaxy S and it wasn't as premium as metal body smartphones. However, it set the path for the upcoming Galaxy S smartphones.

Although Galaxy S wasn't the perfect smartphone but undoubtedly it was one of the best Android smartphones of 2010, it had few issues but still, it set the driving path for the Samsung to further enhance Galaxy S lineup.

Samsung Galaxy S II
Released: April 28, 2011

The Galaxy S series the second flagship was unveiled as Galaxy S II. Well, it wasn't an easy task to repeat the success what Samsung achieved with the Galaxy S smartphone. However, the Galaxy S II pulled it off superbly. As per stats, Samsung sold 3 million units of Galaxy S II globally in just 55 days after the release.

The success path doesn't end here as the company sold 10 million units in just 5 months. At the MWC 2012, It was nominated as the best smartphone of the year. It was released within 10 months after first Galaxy S smartphone which showcases Samsung want's to acquire market at a fast speed.

The key aspect of this smartphone is its design, it was the slimmest smartphone announced at that time with 8.49mm bezel. Another change has Samsung updated the device Super AMOLED display as well as hardware. Although it was the slimmest smartphone at that time but still it wasn't an inspiring change what Samsung fans were expecting at that time. Samsung resolved this problem in Galaxy S II successor device.

Samsung Galaxy S III

Released: May 22, 2012

Thanks to the success of first two Galaxy S smartphones, Samsung customers expectations were pretty high with the third smartphone of the series. Before the Galaxy S III, everyone was expecting a flagship Android smartphone with top-notch hardware and head turner refreshing design. We have to accept that Samsung for sure addresses one of the expectation.

Unfortunately it wasn't the hardware design but instead, Samsung updated the hardware specs sheet of their flagship. At that time, everyone was expecting Samsung could introduce ceramic body but Samsung still relied on plastic. In 2012, it wasn't the best-looking smartphone but certainly, it was the best device with top-tier hardware specs. With the Galaxy S III, Samsung refined the overall UI experience.

Samsung Galaxy S4
Released: April 27, 2013

The Galaxy S4 was certainly the completely revamped flagship. Samsung slimmed down the device profile, packed high-end hardware, no doubts it was the better smartphone from all aspect. Samsung shifted the roman numerals to Arabic. The Galaxy S4 is packed with the slightly larger display, much-improved camera-sensors, latest processor and improved TouchWiz UI with less bloatware. Despite its larger display, the device was compact as opposed to its predecessors.

We have to accept, the Galaxy S4 was quite worthy to be upgraded. It was more compelling than switching from Galaxy S II to Galaxy S III. For sure, it was one of smartphone which attracts tons of new buyers to Android bandwagon. The Galaxy S4 once again brings back the glory of premium flagship to Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Released: March 27, 2014

With the Galaxy S5, Samsung took a step further from the traditional smartphone. The Galaxy S5 didn't bring any major change in design but instead, they focused on the device hardware specs sheet. Samsung brought water and dust resistance with the Galaxy S5. It was Samsung's first flagship to have this feature because, before GS5, only S4 Active was water and dust resistant.

Samsung relied on the winning combination for the Galaxy S5. Samsung optimized the S5 hardware and software to get the full benefit of the flagship device. Samsung Galaxy S5 was not as successful as Galaxy S4 because the lack of innovative design language.

Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 edge
Released: April 10, 2015

Samsung listened to the criticism of tech experts regarding the Galaxy S5 design that's why with the new Galaxy S6 lineup, Samsung stepped up their game. Samsung introduced glass and metal design with slim body. Without any doubt, the device was quite eye-catching and it was the head turner. The glass attracts the user's fingerprints but Samsung ditched removable battery as well as MicroSD card.

Like Galaxy S4, the S6 was a quite huge step from Samsung as far as design is a concern. The device not only wins heart because of extraordinary luring design but it is also packed with top-tier hardware specs. In both hardware and software department, Samsung showcase when the company wants to do extraordinary they are pretty much capable to acheive it successfully. Samsung removed all gimmicky features of TouchWiz UI. A top-notch experience what user can expect from Samsung's top of the line flagship.

Another biggest change was Galaxy S6 Edge device which was packed with dual-edge Super AMOLED display. It was one of the first kind of smartphone which was unveiled in 2015 and remained one of its kind for next few quarters as well. The only difference between Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge was its dual edge display.

Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge
With the Galaxy S7 lineup, Samsung once again relied on the winning formula of Galaxy S6 lineup. The Galaxy S6 was one of the most successful Galaxy S smartphone from Samsung after Galaxy S4. It was indeed worthy successor and the difference between Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge was not only larger dual Edge display but also the battery size.

By differentiating these aspects, Samsung attracts standard and phablet customers. The standard flagship remained compact option whereas the dual Edge was larger than predecessor with a number of new features on board. Samsung removed IP68 certification with the Galaxy S6 and brought back water and dust resistance with the Galaxy S7 lineup.

Samsung stuck with Galaxy S6 lineup design showcase how much Samsung was confident about their last year design. The results were pretty amazing and it was fastest Samsung smartphone to reach 10 million units sale. The Galaxy S7 lineup huge success once again showed you should not change the winning combination and S7 lineup proved in all essence.

Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
For this year Samsung is bringing a completely revamped flagship Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Yes, what you read is right, this year both the standard and larger variant will have the dual-Edge display. The larger variant will be named as Galaxy S8 Plus. This year trend is to bring large display in the compact body. From what we heard so far, Samsung is going to bring the compact S8 with 5.8-inch display whereas the S8 Plus variant will have 6.2-inches display.

Last year at Google Pixel lineup smartphones announcement, Google revealed their personal Google Assistant with enriched features. Samsung acquired a software firm Viv Labs and now it is almost confirmed Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will have dedicated AI assistant Bixby.

Galaxy S9

Like all Samsung Galaxy S series flagship smartphones the Galaxy S9 is in rumors from last few weeks that's why most of its details are already out. As far as design is a concern the Galaxy S9 is expected to retain the similar design Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S8. However, the major change in design will be the placement of fingerprint scanner below the camera module.

The display will remain 5.8-inches with Quad HD+ screen resolution. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835/Exynos 9810 SoC will be powering the device with 4GB RAM. On the rear side, it will have a single snapper of 12MP with a variable aperture between f/1.5 to f/2.4. Apart from a variable aperture, the Galaxy S9 is expected to have Animoji like iPhone X.

Galaxy S9 Plus

From last three years, Samsung announced two Galaxy S series flagships, same will be the case for this year. Samsung will announce Galaxy S9+ alongside the standard Galaxy S9. The Galaxy S9 Plus will have 6.2-inches Quad HD+ display. It will have dual rear snappers on board and its fingerprint scanner will be below the dual camera modules. The same Octa-core chipsets Snapdragon 845/ Exynos 9810 will be powering it with 6GB RAM. The native storage will remain 64GB for both the S9 and S9+. Like its predecessor, it will be slightly expensive from the standard S9.

(last update 22 February 2020 @ 22:29)



The Journey of Galaxy S lineup from great Galaxy S to wow Galaxy S8
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