It all started out for Samsung when Apple launched the iPhone and took the smartphone market by storm. Up until then, Samsung had its nose deep into making TV’s and Washing machines.
But the company saw an opening when Google open sourced the Android OS. Finally, there was going to be some competition for the magnificent iOS. Samsung was the first to capitalize on the smartphone market when Nokia and Blackberrys were all the rage – it started with its Galaxy series.
The Samsung Galaxy S was born out of pure hatred for Apple. It had the same features that Steve Jobs had so methodically sold to the masses during the iPhone unveiling.
The S launched with Android 2.1 Eclair and ended its official life with 2.3 Gingerbread. The RAM was boosted to 512MB, while 8 GB and 16 GB storage options were available. This was coupled with a 1GHz Cortex-A8 chipset keeping everything running. At the time in 2010, there were high end specs. But the phone never really got the massive push it so desired.
The phone however wasn’t such a smashing hit instantly. It was with the Galaxy S2 that Samsung really began to get its act together. It was a device that brought an improved Super AMOLED Plus screen that was expanded to 4.3-inches, a faster dual-core 1.2GHz Exynos 4210 CPU, and straight on jumped up in the RAM market with an offering of 1 GB of memory. A device we described simply as “awesome” at the time, it was an instant hit.
The S3 was introduced to all the hype in the smartphone world. People had begun to realise that Samsung was finally in the same league as that of the iPhone.
The heavy lifting was done by a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos 4412 CPU, while the Mali-400MP4 GPU showed up again alongside 1GB of RAM. The S3 originally came with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The S4 was a however a disappointment with the masses. Samsung had set the barrier quite high and the S4 was not that much to the expectations. The phone had decent specs however, octa-core Exynos 5410 CPU with four cores clocked at 1.6GHz and four at 1.2GHz, a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU, and 2GB of RAM lined up alongside the option of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage.
Samsung copied the iPhone’s fingerprint tech and applied it to the S5 and along with 5.1-inch Super AMOLED 1080p option, the camera boosted to 16MP and the battery now rocked up at 2,800mAh, and the theatrics and pointless sensors were gone. It also offered IP67 dust and water resistance. The phone was perfect.
Galaxy S6, S7 and S8
Both the S6 and S7 were both the same with the improved specs, better camera and small features here and there out of which most important were the curved edge variants of both the phones called S6 edge and S7 edge. It was however, only when the Samsung Galaxy S8 launched interspaced between the S7 and the the Note 7 disaster, was the real iPhone killer back.
Offering more screen on a device with a smaller footprint, the Infinity display on the have moved to a new 18.5:9 aspect ratio and each boast 1440 x 2960 resolutions stretched out across this respective 5.8-inch.
All the while it was Apple setting trends in the smartphone world and here was Samsung finally cementing its legacy as a revolutionary smartphone maker.