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Do you know what the "S" in Samsung's Galaxy S line stands for? The answer is super cheesy

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Do you know what the "S" in Samsung's Galaxy S line stands for? The answer is super cheesy

Spend enough time on the internet, and you're likely to stumble upon just about every type of random trivia under our galaxy's warm sun. Today marks one such day, for we spotted a little-known (we guess) piece of Samsung PR that we couldn't help but marvel over. It has to do with the 'S' part of the Galaxy S line's name.

Unlike most other naming schemes, the S in your Galaxy S6 phone isn't just a random letter. And no, it doesn't stand for Samsung. Instead, said 2011 PR blast (the full body of which we've included at the bottom) announces a new naming strategy that the company was about to adopt back then, and it's super cheesy.

Here's an excerpt:

- "S" (Super Smart) – Devices at the very pinnacle of Samsung's mobile portfolio. This class will only be used on flagship devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S, the award-winning smartphone that has already sold 10 million units throughout the world.

- "R" (Royal / Refined) – Premium category models, a combination of power, performance and productivity for the individual who wants to be defined by the technology they carry.

- "W" (Wonder) – High quality, strategic models, perfect for those seeking a balance between style and performance.

- "M" (Magical) –High-performance models at an economic price-point.

- "Y" (Young) – These are entry models or strategic models for emerging markets or a younger audience more sensitive to price.

That means that you're actually the proud new owner of a Samsung Galaxy Super Smart 6. Of course, back in 2011, this probably didn't sound as cheesy as it does today (but still cheesy enough), and at least the move ushered in an era of relative sanity to Samsung's extensive portfolio of phones. Even then, however, it still proved downright impossible for industry watchers to effortlessly distinguish between them for many years after. 

As some of you will probably know, some of these lines are now defunct, though we still have some W-line contemporaries that are truly wonder-inspiring – like the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy W behemoth of a phone. And with that, we conclude today's history lesson.

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posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:13 3

1. theguy2345 (Posts: 1182; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


The magical one is by far the worst. That's cheesy to the max

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:58 2

15. gaming64 (unregistered)


O the m9 is magical. Lol

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 08:05 8

31. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 418; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


Ever wonder what the 'S' is for that apple uses in their handsets?

SUCKKKKAAAAAAAAA

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 09:48 7

43. gaming64 (unregistered)


What if I told you that S in Samsung means sh€t

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 10:28 5

57. Scorpion67 (unregistered)


It means sheep. iPhone 6Sheep model.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 11:01 4

59. kyleo92 (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


3GS - Speed
4S - Siri
5S - Scanner
6S - ???

On another note I hate when companies just use a random bloody letter to represent a different model or range...

posted on 04 May 2015, 18:47

81. guidoconrad (Posts: 24; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


6S- Same

posted on 04 May 2015, 17:42 1

79. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 228; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


The 4s stood for SAME just as well as the 5s. The 5c stands for CHEAP. Magic school bus here I come.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:13 1

2. Jamoga (Posts: 187; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)


no sheeps :/ ; would have totally matched though.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:21 4

3. GeekMovement (Posts: 2140; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I wonder if there's a meaning behind the letters in other companys' smartphones. M in the HTC One line, Z in the Sony Xperia line, G in LG's... G line, etc.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:31 7

6. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


HTC 'M'- Magnificent
LG 'G' - Great
Sony 'Z' - Zero disappointment
Huawei 'P' - Precision

Just a guess tho.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:50 7

10. gaming64 (unregistered)


Dont forget the "i" in "iPhone" which means intelligent.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:39 16

27. Pinocchio (banned) (Posts: 141; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


Tim Cook won't agree, you spell it all wrong!
"i" stands for "iDiot" *chuckle*.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 10:00 6

52. dimas (Posts: 1896; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I think it means I get your money, I rip you off, I make heavy profit, I am going to make you the prison of iEcosystem.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 10:09 5

54. Pinocchio (banned) (Posts: 141; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


iBrain wouldn't accept any idea outside his iEcosystem.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:50 1

11. GeekMovement (Posts: 2140; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I look forward to the LG Great4 and the Sony Xperia Zero Disappointment4 (global).

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:35 3

24. mixedfish (Posts: 1152; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Sony's general products follow:

R - Reference
ES - Elevated Standard
Z - Zero compromised build and function
X - Crossover products outside of class
A - All-rounder
E - Entry level
B - Beginners

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:36 3

25. Pinocchio (banned) (Posts: 141; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


Zero disappointment? ok ok. lol

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 08:42 4

33. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Zero disappointment? Lol

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 09:50 4

44. gaming64 (unregistered)


S6- Superdissappointed

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 10:24 9

56. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Reviewers are saying otherwise Apple boy.
But it is a super disappointment for the iSheeps.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 16:30 3

70. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 11255; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Sony Z - zero sales, zero market share, or zero interest

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 18:21

72. gaming64 (unregistered)


Uh its "zero dissappontment"

posted on 04 May 2015, 17:44

80. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 228; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Yeah..... That is true. LOL.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:07 2

17. lonestrider (Posts: 88; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


From what I know is that LG have 2 series. L and G. Now you know where the G came from...
L... And G...

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:35

23. frydaexiii (Posts: 1426; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I always thought LG's G series was named so they can call their phones LG2, LG3, LG4, LGFLex, etc.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 15:25

67. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The G stands for gansta! of course.

posted on 28 Apr 2015, 06:11

76. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 153; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


I dont know about others.. But Sony started their smartphone line with Xperia S, and when they introduced Xperia Z they wanted to emphasize the fact that Z series will be flagship not the S any more so chose the last digit from the alphabet. Xperia series starts from E (Economical, may be), J, L, M, S, T, U, Z

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:24

4. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Tbh, I've always thought that the "S" stands for Samsung lol, never knew that it will be such cheesy.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 17:38

71. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


The article doesn't explain what the "Note" in Galaxy Note stands for. :(

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:26

5. samsboy (unregistered)


Now I know, thanks to PA.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:33 8

7. mistercarter (Posts: 359; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


and the new names go like this
A-series must be A**holes
E-series must be Epic-hustle
J-series must be Jacked-up

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:34 2

22. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Somehow, your meanings do make sense for these series. Who would get an A series when you can get S4 or Note 3 Neo for lesser price with better specs? A**holes.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 08:43 2

34. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The same can be said about those who buy the Z3 and Z4 when you can get the Z2 for half that price ;)

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 09:01 1

36. ninja_master (Posts: 306; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


But worse specs

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 09:52 1

45. gaming64 (unregistered)


I can get a $450 Z4 which is cheaper than what the S6 offers. Also
Battery Life-Z3
Waterproof-Z3
MicroSd-Z3

Just what I really wanted

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 08:00 7

30. hellbread (Posts: 309; Member since: 21 Nov 2014)


than S should be S_hit...

:-)

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 08:55 7

35. tedkord (Posts: 10231; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Why, you're right. It is a huge hit! Well done.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 09:52 2

46. gaming64 (unregistered)


You sir need major eye surgery

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 10:30 3

58. Scorpion67 (unregistered)


And you sir, need to stop sucking Apple juice. ;)

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 18:23

73. gaming64 (unregistered)


I love Apple juice. You gotta stop sucking on that scorpion though

posted on 05 May 2015, 20:27

83. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


At least with a Scorpion you know what you are dealing with. With an Apple, the danger is well hidden behind delicious. After all the story of Adam and Eve, Snow White had an Apple...right?

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 18:23

74. gaming64 (unregistered)


I love Apple juice. You gotta stop sucking on that scorpion though

posted on 02 May 2015, 05:37 2

78. AFIlipinoTechSavvy (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Aug 2014)


SAMSUNG
A- Alpha
E- Extraordinary
J- Junior
S- Super-smart
Y- Young
Z- Ti(Z)en
K- Kamera/Camera
Neo- Lite (Lite version of a specific Model)
Note- High End note phones

LG
G- Great
L- Lite/Low

SONY
E- Entry
M- Mid
C- Camera
Z- Zero disappointment

HTC
Desire- Mid Range/Low End
E- Entry
M- Magic
One- High End
Butterfly - Bottom-Line High End

Motorola
G- Good
E- Entry
X- E(X)perience

Apple
i- Intelligent
S- Speed (3GS), Siri (4S), Security (5S)

Huawei
P- Perfect

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:36

8. Osama99 (Posts: 38; Member since: 14 Nov 2014)


Wtf!
So ya all dont wanna mention Samsung "N" Note?
What would Nokia "N" stand for????

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:41 2

9. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1514; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Obviously I have been around this site more time that some writers... I actually knew that naming (and had forgotten long ago too).
In fact PA had an article about it and here it is for the ones that were around on the time and the ones who didn't.
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-outing-Galaxy-W-M-Pro-Y-Y-Pro-in-its-new-naming-scheme-for-an-Android-assault-on-emerging-markets_id21482

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:52 2

12. hypertonik (Posts: 13; Member since: 17 Nov 2014)


It sounded every bit as cheesy for me in 2011 as it does today.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:56

13. Metalspy8 (Posts: 61; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


Phone arena atleast give props to the man who made a small documentary about samsung..
https://youtu.be/6Afpey7Eldo

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 06:57

14. gaming64 (unregistered)


So since S=smart
i=intelligent
M=magical
It finally makes sense now. Samsung Galaxy Smart vs intelligentPhone vs HTC One Magical 9.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:12 2

18. azene (unregistered)


vs Huawei Precision vs Sony Xperia Zero disappointment vs Xiaomi Miracle
wow kinda cool thou

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:04 1

16. Run.n.Gun (Posts: 45; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


My guess was that S stood for "Star"

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:16 1

19. Spedez (Posts: 437; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


How about "s**t"?

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:30 1

20. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Yep, I'm done living on this earth :D

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:30 10

21. darkkjedii (Posts: 19734; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I thought it stood for Supernova.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:36 2

26. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Hahahahaha...LMAO...good one!

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 07:48

29. Pinocchio (banned) (Posts: 141; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


why bother mocking him? maybe you l.... well, you know

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 08:33 4

32. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


He does. His obsession to Supernova is umatched, he finds the needs to mention him(and sometimes me) even when Supernova hasn't commented yet.
1st he felt the need to always mention his imaginary wife, now it's supernova and me.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 09:25 1

41. Pinocchio (banned) (Posts: 141; Member since: 14 Apr 2015)


LOLLLL really? i used to read his family story not long ago. Man, i thought he was serious. damn it.

posted on 27 Apr 2015, 10:18 2

55. Peace (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 May 2014)


Don't cry my friend ;)
He really owns SN accept it, try not to cry, cry a lot, get your 2 dollars from Samsung and go buy some bubble gum to chew the pain.

posted on 05 May 2015, 20:43

84. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


That was funny +1000 for you. Wonder what her name
is? "Imagine"?

Her name is Imagine SuperNova

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