Samsung Galaxy S series evolution over the years since 2010

Galaxy S series

Samsung is gearing up to launch its next flagship Galaxy S series next week. The Galaxy S21 series will be unveiled through an unpacked event on January 14th, 2021. The event will, of course, be a virtual event dubbed ‘Everyday Epic’. It’s been a decade already of Samsung’s Galaxy S series inception. To recall, the first Galaxy S got introduced in 2010, ever since the Korean handset maker has come a long way with numerous innovations — be it in displays or camera technologies. With the next lineup getting introduced within a week from now, let’s have a look at the legacy of the flagship Galaxy S series introduced over the decade.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Unpacked Event gets a launch date – January 14th, 2021

2010 — Galaxy S

First one is always remembered especially in the tech business. Somehow, it still has the nostalgia feel to it. The Galaxy S series launched in 2010 with Galaxy S smartphone. And, it came with a 4-inches display and consumers got introduced to AMOLED screens.

Galaxy S series

The device featured a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display with 480×480 pixels, which sounds puny after a decade. Underneath, the Galaxy S equipped with PowerVR graphics processor and featured a single 5MP rear camera coupled with a 0.3MP selfie shooter. It also came up with Wi-Fi connectivity.

2011 — Galaxy SII

Then came the Galaxy SII, the next iteration with a slimmer form factor. The device came with an 8.49mm thickness. It came with a 4.3-inches Super AMOLED screen with Exynos 4210 SoC, under the hood. The AMOLED display further featured Corning Gorilla Glass protection on top. Samsung introduced a bigger 8MP rear camera sensor and a single 2MP front-facing camera.

Galaxy S series

The device also happened to be one of the first devices featuring the Mobile High-definition link. This allowed users to output uncompressed 1080p to an MHL enabled TV or to HDMI.

2012 — Galaxy SIII

The Galaxy SIII broke the records as the best selling device of the year. It also was the first phone to feature an HD resolution with Super AMOLED panel. It measured 4.8-inches and came with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection. With the third iteration, Samsung also introduced multi-window support — thanks to Android 4.1 support.

Galaxy S series

The first voice assistant (S voice) was also introduced with the device. Additionally, it had an Ambient light sensor, smart stay, S Beam NFC, and it also came with an eye-tracking feature and increased storage with microSD expansion.

2013 — Galaxy SIV

The Galaxy SIV could be considered as an inception to smart features as it included IR Blaster for the first time. The phone then could double as a universal remote to control appliances. The device featured smart programs, smart rotation, smart scroll, and story albums. Along with the eye-tracking functionality, Samsung had also come up with finger hovering on the screen concept with the Galaxy SIV.

Galaxy S series

Apart from the new features, the Galaxy SIV featured a 5-inches screen, Exynos 5410 SoC, 13MP rear camera, 2MP selfie camera, and also introduced wireless charging for select markets.

2014 — Galaxy S5

The fifth-generation introduced the first fingerprint sensor on the device’s famous home button. The device also added a heart rate sensor alongside the cameras on the rear. It’s also the first Galaxy S series phone to come with IP67 water and dust resistant rating. The device also got introduced with Snapdragon 801 SoC and Exynos chipsets with select markets.

Galaxy S series

It had a 5.1-inches Super AMOLED screen, shipped with Android KitKat and TouchWIZ UI, 16MP rear cameras with 4K recording support and a 2MP selfie shooter as well.

2015 — Galaxy S6 series

The sixth iteration of the Galaxy S6 is yet another milestone for Samsung. That’s because it had brought the curved edge screen to the S series lineup. Along with the Galaxy S6, Samsung came up with the Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone. It featured curved edges on the sides as well as wireless charging capabilities.

Galaxy S series

The curved edges provided additional functionality and gave consumers a new way to interact within the interface. The rear camera sported a 16MP traditional camera, on the other hand, the selfie shooter came up with a bigger sensor of 5MP,

2016 — Galaxy S7 series

The Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were the next iterations to Edge displays from Samsung. Further, they were the first series to offer Dual Pixel Autofocus cameras. These cameras helped capture better photos in all kinds of lighting conditions. The S7 Edge featured a 5.5-inches screen with curved edges and an always-on display as well.

Galaxy S series

Underneath, the S7 Edge equipped a Snapdragon 820 SoC and Exynos 8890s in select markets. It came with a bigger 12MP sensor on the back and a 5MP selfie shooter up front.

2017 — Galaxy S8 series

The 2017 year marked Samsung for their first Infinity series displays, which we are witnessing on the Galaxy devices. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ were the first phones to feature these displays, which came with almost negligible side bezels alongside curved edges. The series also introduced Samsung Pay for India. The 5.8-inches Super AMOLED screens came with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection up top.

Galaxy S series

The series also featured dual selfie cameras comprising an 8MP primary camera and a 2MP iris scanner. It had a 12MP primary rear camera featuring auto HDR and dual pixel PDAF.

2018 — Galaxy S9 series

The Galaxy S9 series for the first time featured dual aperture cameras on the rear. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ were also the first phones that had a dedicated Dolby Atmos surround sound support. The series also brought AR experience by introducing AR Emojis. They had Super AMOLED screens with HDR10 support. The bigger screens measured 6.2-inches with Always on feature and Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. The devices shipped with Android 8.0 Oreo, were powered by Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810 chipsets accordingly.

Galaxy S series

The dual aperture primary camera came with a 12MP sensor with apertures comprising f/1.5-f/2.4. It also had a secondary 12MP telephoto sensor on the rear. Similarly, on the front, the device comprised an 8MP selfie shooter coupled with 2MP dedicated iris scanner.

2019 — Galaxy S10 series

The Galaxy S10 series marked its debut with the introduction of ultra-wide-angle lenses on the rear. And, also punch hole Infinity displays on the front. Samsung had managed to skip the notch series with its flagship series, thankfully. The punch hole displays featured a single punch hole cutout for the selfie camera (10MP) on the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+ had dual selfie cameras (10MP+8MP).

Galaxy S series

The primary sensor on the rear and front on these series were capable of shooting UHD formats in the video. The displays featured HDR10+ support along with Full HD+ resolution. The phones came with triple rear camera systems comprising 12MP+12MP+16MP cameras.

2020 — Galaxy S20 series

2020 has been special globally, good for some bad for many. While the pandemic took credit for the whole year, Samsung had made it good with its flagship S20 series lineup. It had introduced three smartphones under the Galaxy S series lineup comprising — Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and the Galaxy S20 Ultra. These were the first smartphones and smartphone series from Samsung, which are fully 5G capable. It was achieved by Samsung’s Exynos 990 SoC and Snapdragon 865 processors, accordingly.

Galaxy S series

Along with 5G, the company had introduced AI camera technologies for its multiple rear cameras. Speaking of rear cameras, the Ultra device in the lot has a massive 108MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture. On the front, it has come up with a 40MP shooter in the centred punch-hole cutout.

2021 — Galaxy S21 series

The Galaxy S21 series is the next anticipated Galaxy S series from Samsung launching on January 14th. It will be the first flagship launch of 2021 featuring its next flagship processor. With a week ahead of its launch, Samsung is all set to introduce its next flagship chipset before the devices’ actual launch. Samsung will be introducing the next powerful and 5G capable Exynos chip on January 12th, through an online only event. So, stay tuned.

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Vishnu Sarangapurkar
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Vishnu works as a Content Writer for Mr. Phone. His primary interests revolve around covering smartphones and all other gadgets connected to the Internet.