A family of popular Android-based smartphones and tablets from Samsung. The Note smartphone is Samsung's flagship phone, which was introduced in 2011 with a stylus for drawing and handwriting. Based on the Wacom digitizer tablet interface, the "S Pen" can also be used for tapping icons and menus. See Note Edge
and Galaxy S
Starting in 2012, Samsung released tablets with a stylus under the Galaxy Note brand and screen size, such as Note 8.0, Note 10.1 and Note 12.2. Therefore, depending on model number, a Galaxy Note can be a smartphone or tablet.
ALL GALAXY NOTE SMARTPHONES
Screen Weight (GB)
Model Size (oz.) Resolution Int. Ext**
Note 10 ??? ??? 1440x2960 512 512
Note 9 6.4" 7.1 1440x2960 512 512
Note 8 6.3" 6.9 1440x2960 256 512
Note 7 5.7" 6.7 1440x2960 64 256
Note 6 Never made
Note 5 5.7" 6.0 1440x2960 128 ---
Note 4 5.7" 6.2 1440x2960 32 256
Note 3 5.7" 5.9 1080x1920 64 64
Note II 5.5" 6.5 720x1280 64 64
Note 5.3" 6.3 800x1280 32 64
** microSD External storage
Note 10 - (April 2019)
The upcoming Note is expected to have the following attributes: first 5G phone; 6.5" or 6.6" notch-free screen but same resolution; fingerprint scanner in the screen; 4K and HDR support; triple-lens rear camera; no headphones jack.
Note 9 - (April 2018)
With a slimmer bezel, the screen is only a fraction larger than the Note 8. The battery jumped from 3,300 to 4,000 mAh (see ampere-hour
), and internal storage doubled. The fingerprint sensor was moved below the camera module, correcting the awkward placement on the Note 8. The stylus was Bluetooth enabled for presentations and picture taking by remote control.
Note 8 - (April 2017)
The Note 8 is like a Galaxy S8+ with a stylus. The Note 8 featured dual SIM cards and dual cameras, the latter with telephoto lens, 2x optical zoom, f1.7 aperture and adjustable background focus (see bokeh
Note 7 - (April 2016) - Awful Flaw
The Note 7 superseded the Note 5 (there was no 6), but the 7 was a failure. Batteries would occasionally explode or burn while charging, and several airlines banned their use. Samsung initiated a global recall; however, after replacement units had problems, Samsung ceased production in October 2016.
The S Pen Difference
What sets the Note line apart is the S Pen, which is used to draw, write and annotate on the screen. (Image courtesy of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., www.samsung.com)
The Note Influenced Other Phone Makers
The Wrap-Around Edge
The large screens on early Notes and other Galaxy models quickly became popular and induced Apple to offer its first phablet-sized device in 2014 (see iPhone 6
The Note Edge added rotating toolbars on a novel, curved screen (see Note Edge
). (Image courtesy of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., www.samsung.com)