The original Samsung Galaxy Note was the first smartphone with a greater than 5-inch screen



In November 2009, the HTC HD2 was launched with a 4.3-inch screen. At the time, this was the largest screen available on a smartphone, and it caused one reviewer to say that there could never be a larger smartphone screen ever. Time proved that reviewer wrong, and today some Android mini models sport a 5-inch screen. The phone that led the way toward larger and larger Android smartphone displays was the Samsung Galaxy Note.

Announced on September 1st,  2011 the Galaxy Note was the first smartphone to sport a greater than 5-inch screen with its 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display (with a resolution of 800 x 1280). It also had the largest battery ever seen inside a smartphone at the time, a removable 2500mAh juicer. And it was the first Android model with a built-in stylus.

The Galaxy Note featured a dual-core 1.4GHz CPU and the Mali-400 MP4 GPU. 1GB of RAM was inside with 32GB of native storage, and a 32GB capacity microSD slot was available to those who needed additional storage. The rear-facing 8MP camera came with an aperture of f/2.6, and a front-facing 2MP was used for selfies and video chats.

The Galaxy Note was a success. By March, 5 million units had been shipped. Because the device was unique, Samsung used marketing techniques not seen before, including creating a video showing an elephant playing with the phone (big phone for big animal).

By September 2012, Samsung had released the Samsung Galaxy Note II with a larger 5.5-inch screen. The display offered a 720 x 1280 HD resolution. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 arrived the next year carrying a 5.7-inch display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution. While the size of the display stayed the same at 5.7-inches for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the resolution rose to 1440 x 2560. And that is the same size and resolution used on the current model, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7, expected to be released later this year, is rumored to be equipped with a 5.8-inch display carrying a 1440 x 2560 resolution. Samsung will supposedly skip the Galaxy Note 6 name and go right to the Galaxy Note 7. By doing this, the company will align the Galaxy Note series with the Galaxy S range. In addition, Samsung was concerned that consumers would think that the Galaxy Note 6 was a generation older than the Samsung Galaxy S7.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be unveiled on August 2nd with a rumored release scheduled for the middle of that month.


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GALAXY Note
  • Display 5.3" 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(13.50h 3G talk time)

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50 Comments

1. GeorgeAF

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Note series is the best series of all smartphones.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yeah, but I still don't find a comprehensible reason why Samsung should skip the 6 digit for the next Note.

9. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Not wanting customers to assume that the Note 6 is older than the S7 seems like a perfectly good reason.

11. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Why don't they call it the Galaxy S7 Note or the Galaxy Note S7?

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You mean retarded customers with no knowledge on what they buy, huh? So, by that same logic, the Snapdragon 652 is older than Snapdragon 800. smh

21. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Yeah, these consumers Name of final product is important, name of CPU not so much, in ads you just see "Quad-core processor", not Snapdragon 652, this would confuse s.it out of people

26. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Well most normal customers depend on the sales assistant when deciding what phone to purchase, and if they suggest the Note 6 or S7, it's very likely that they will just assume that the Note 6 is older and get the S7 instead. If you go to some random person who knows nothing about technology and ask them which phone out of the iPhone 6S or the iPhone 5SE is older, chances are they will assume the iPhone 5SE is the older phone.

28. vananucho

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

One had to live under a rock for the past 5 years to think a Note 6 is older than the s7, but hey if Samsung is skipping it there should be a reason, marketing or segmentation biased. My guess is That this is more biased towards the Phone race vs their #1 fruity chip buyer, Just to keep stuff more "homogeneous"

35. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Some don't even know what Galaxy Note is even though they're using one, they just know it's a Samsung...

36. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Except there is no iPhone 5SE. It's just called the iPhone SE. The point your trying to make is valid though.

39. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Oh yeah I forgot that the early rumours had the naming wrong. A better example would be the S5 Neo and the S6 then.

22. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

There is no such thing as "best smartphone" I'm pretty sure for all people who want compact phone Note series is the worst nightmare

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Even though best is subjective, there are things that are best that are not left up to be subjective. The Note is the best phone in its classs, because there are no phone equal or better when it comes to its featureset. The S-Pen is unmatched by any writing utensil for a phone. For its size, features and capabilities, it had the best battery life. It charges faster than any phone of similar size. Has the best display per Display mate. It has the best camera considering each models shares the same camera as the Galaxy S which has had the best camera since the S5. Also, of people wanted a compact phone, why would they even consider the Note, when the Galaxy S is very compact? See how your post makes no sense, something the people who liked your post also lack.

30. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

I think nexus is better.

33. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

Always.

34. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Totally agreed, Nexus and One from HTC are my favourite Androids

2. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

"HTC HD2 was launched with a 4.3-inch screen. At the time, this was the largest screen available on a smartphone" Wrong, HTC Advantage released in 2007 had 5 inch screen

3. peace247 unregistered

the article is referring to first "smartphone" running a "smart OS"...... so technically htc advantage was not that smart.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

HTC Advantage ran on Windows Mobile 5.0 PocketPC Phone Edition, and it was a smart OS! m.gsmarena.com/htc_advantage_x7500-1887.php So, Alan F. was wrong!

29. anglosaxonengland

Posts: 64; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

There is something wrong with the American education system by the looks. The article clearly states 'first smartphone with a greater than 5-inch screen'. That means >5" (greater than), not =5" (equal).

32. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Read the beginning of article and my comment again. And I'm not american

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Every idiot where has reading comprehension failures. I would love to have seen all these knuckleheads in school.

40. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

It's says greater than 5". The Note was 5.3 while HTC Advantage 5". Thus first with Greater than 5"

6. mi7chy

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 18, 2016

Galaxy Note series is the original and king of phablets. Still better than a lot of phones released four to five years later.

7. mdorno

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Author forgot to mention the Dell Streak. Granted it had s**t support from Dell, it was ahead of its time.

8. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

The title says phone with a screen greater than 5 inches. The streak had a 5inch screen.

10. SenorThrottles

Posts: 284; Member since: Dec 23, 2015

Wait never mind i understand what you mean now.

46. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

IINM, Dell Streak was marketed as a tablet, not a smartphone.

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 2260; Member since: May 04, 2015

I was horrified when I first saw it. Now I can't live with anything below 5.5". Lol

13. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

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