Samsung celebrates the history of the Note. Forgets about the Note 7

The Samsung Galaxy Note series is one of the most... noteworthy device family in the smartphone market. Back in 2011, the original Galaxy Note launched with a 5.3-inch display — something that was considered gargantuan and even silly for a smartphone. Also the S Pen stylus — who needed that?

Well, Samsung kept pushing. It kept expanding the display sizes, it kept working on the S Pen. The end result? Large-screened smartphones have become the default and it's kind of undeniable that Sammy's work was a major part of that trend. The S Pen has become an unrivaled stylus in the smartphone market — if you want a superb handwriting or drawing experience on your phone, straight out of the box, a Note is your only option.

Samsung wanted to celebrate the history of the Note line and posted this little infographic, noting all the major upgrades with each model since 2011.

Well, almost each and every model.

Where's the Note 6?


If you're new to the Note fandom, you may notice that there's no 6. That's simply because Samsung skipped a number. See, the Note line used to run a number behind the Galaxy S line. For example, in 2015, Samsung launched the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge in the first half of the year, then the Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ in the second half.

In order to avoid customer confusion, Sammy decided to pull the Note numbers up to match the Galaxy S generation naming scheme. So, in 2016, the company launched the Galaxy S7 early in the year, and the Galaxy Note 7 a few months after, completely skipping the Note 6 name.

OK... then where is the Galaxy Note 7?



OK, OK, jokes aside. With the Note 7, Samsung went a bit over the top, trying to squeeze an obscene amount of features in the phone and still have a rather large 3,500 mAh battery inside. Soon after, the phones started exploding. Samsung recalled them and re-launched a "fixed version".

But the phones kept on exploding.

It just turned out that there was not enough room in the phone's battery compartment to hold a juicebox with the size that Sammy planned. The battery's cells were being pushed into one another, causing them to throw a fit... a flaming, smoking, heat-producing fit.

So a second recall was made and the Note 7 was officially scrapped.

But it's all well and good, right?


We're not looking to shame Samsung — the Note 7 already did that. The company did its absolute best to recall each and every phone that was shipped off. It even pushed a few software updates to limit the levels the battery can be charged to. The idea was to at least encourage customers who were stubbornly holding on to their Note 7 to finally give in and return it — for their own safety.

To top it off, Samsung was issuing an apology left and right — for a couple of months, a week didn't pass by without Samsung apologizing to its fans for this massive blunder.

And then, the company developed a sophisticated new battery-testing process and returned with a majorly successful Galaxy Note 8 in 2017.

So, we understand why Samsung chose to omit the Note 7 from this infographic — it didn't live long enough to be considered a part of the line's progress.

However, it's still a part of Samsung's history. And, despite being a massive, massive mistake, which could've went really bad (it almost went too bad in a few cases, actually), there's no denying that Samsung made a true effort to right its wrongs. The company went above and beyond to recall all of the dangerous units, offered discounts to the disgruntled customers, and kept apologizing and thanking its fans for sticking with Galaxy devices.

For this, we feel like this part of history does not need to be swept under the rug. Both because we don't want to see Samsung (or anyone else)repeat this mistake while racing to produce a feature-packed phone in the future, and because a genuine effort to make things right with the scorned customers is a respectable deed and more companies should handle issues — big or small — in this manner.

source: Samsung

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42 Comments

1. NateDiaz

Posts: 1092; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

How did Samsung forget to mention such a lit device? Oh wait...

12. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

That device was THE bomb. Oh man, Note 7 puns never dies. :))

19. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

To people whose minds evolve past 2016 they do.

27. Venom

Posts: 3823; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

It blew away the competition.

30. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Give it up for corny exploding Note joke guy ladies and gentlemen. He's here all week.

41. Venom

Posts: 3823; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Don't blow a fuse. It's just harmless fun.

42. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

As was my reply to your comment.

2. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Sony flagship line infrographic had also been posted few months ago by Sony itself with each new design iteration build and material it use on its flagship phones.Design did change over time with new build material and shape as described by Sony.It was not rectangle all the time.

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

The note7's front panel looks a ton better than phones these days with near bezel less designs and notches, why can't oems go with that trend instead

4. gigicoaste

Posts: 461; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

here we go again. Funny to see how a "tech" blog is so frustrated. I mean, only from frustration you would make an "article" about same thing!!! :)) Guys you are so desperate to get money in such way that you duplicate articles, make commercials to low cost crap phones making them to look worth buying, lying in many cases and living in denial. That is desperation... but funny in the same time. :))) As a side note, you checked other brands?? :)))

5. Tipus

Posts: 905; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Well at least PA never forgets to mention Note 7 every second week , 3rd year in a row :)

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

they just had an article about this last week

7. maherk

Posts: 7012; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Instead of working on a new layout, you better invest your money on hiring professional writers. Recycling old articles under new titles just shows how desperate you are to throw shade at Samsung after the Note 9's success. You didn't post displaymate's test results You didn't post that Note 9's pre-orders succeeded those of the S9 You posted a useless battery test results that contradicts every other review out there And I can go on and on and on.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well said

8. Panzer

Posts: 283; Member since: May 13, 2016

At this point IPA is beating a pile of mush that used to be a dead horse.

9. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

.....

10. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

The best Note ever...Note 7.

11. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

LMAOOOOOOOOOOO they just skip it. Now that's gold. And the fact that all the Samsung fans are still so hurt over the Note 7 goes to show just how much pain they had to endure when their beloved Samsung produced a phone that caught on fire twice. Yet they constantly bring up Steve Job's quotes from 2010.... Yup, sounds like the typical Samsung fanbase. Anyway, now that this over priced phone is out, we can focus on real Android phones like the new Pixels, the possible Nokia 9 and the next One Plus.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No more over priced then ANY other phone out there including the iPhones.

36. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

My 200 dollar Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro can do everything the Note 9 can do, except for the stylus and probably less attractive pictures. But for a 5th of the price it's a rock solid deal. Not just that but I have features the Note 9 doesn't even have because of the insane custom rom support the Xiaomi phones have. I can chose between an insane amount of roms that all have awesome features. Not to mention I get the newest version of Android way before any Samsung does. For once in your life can you Samsung freaks actually understand that Samsung isn't the only Android vendor and that TouchWiz isn't worth 800 dollars extra? But you guys are so butt hurt with Apples success its just really sad how you always have to bring them up. iOS and Android both have their merits, but you freaks are the biggest hypocrites around. It really is astonishing how much pain you people carry over Apple. Buy whatever you want and move on with life, if someone counters said device then defend it, blaming Apple for being worse is not a defence, its just a sad reply. But who am I kidding, it's Sissy. Why do I even bother.

43. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"...except for the stylus and probably less attractive pictures" Which defeats the purpose for having a phone that takes pictures. "...I have features the Note 9 doesn't even have because of the insane custom rom support the Xiaomi phones have. I can chose between an insane amount of roms that all have awesome features. Not to mention I get the newest version of Android way before any Samsung does." Not out of the box, though. You have to add those "features" first. So you really don't have those features, you have access to them. "Buy whatever you want and move on with life, if someone counters said device then defend it..." See above.

17. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

If any phone can $1000 price tag, it would be the Note series. Most functionalities in any device available. And if the iX can be $999.99 with half the capabilities, why not the Note

37. Zylam

Posts: 1822; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Because I was comparing it to other Android devices that do just as much (and even more in some case via custom roms). Maybe that's why? Oh no wait that's right, Death to Apple.

20. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"...now that this over priced phone is out, we can focus on real Android phones like the new Pixels, the possible Nokia 9 and the next One Plus." Funniest isht ever. Dumbest, too.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO You just can't stand it iPA that the note will again be best phone of the year.

35. chenski

Posts: 781; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

According to Samsung fams

16. alaw.14

Posts: 427; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Phonearena just stop it, you guys are horrible at trying to bash samsung.

18. axc06j

Posts: 26; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It was the hottest phone of the note series and they skip it?

21. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

The features of the Note 7 had, zero to do with its features. It simply had a bad battery. Nothing more, nothing less. Samsung has let go of the Note 7. No one give a crap about the Note 7. So why do you? Other phone shave never exploded before? Samsung chose to pull its product, do to uncertainly. Out of 5M only 60 actually ended up having an issue. I bet out of the 5M phones Apple sold of the iPhone, more than 60 were most certainly malfunctioned since factually 62% of the iPhone 6/6S failed for whatever reason, but includes swollen and exploding batteries. Samsung was brutalized for it being an outsider, while Apple likely paid to silence the media, just like they tried to do about the whole bending action, which we find out later; they knew about it.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why forget, we haven't.

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