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Definition: Galaxy S

A family of Android smartphones from Samsung introduced in 2010. The following year, Galaxy S was named European Smartphone of the Year and soon became the most popular Android phone on the market. In 2012, Samsung featured a 4.8" screen on its S III and accelerated the trend for larger displays (see phablet). See Galaxy Note, Google Nexus, Galaxy A, Galaxy C and Galaxy X.

                               Max Storage
        Screen Weight               (GB)
 Model    Size  (oz.) Resolution  Int.  Ext**

 S20       6.4"  Expected (see below)
 S20+      6.7"  "      "
 S20 Ultra 6.9"  "      "

 S10 5G    6.7"  7.0  1440x3040  256   ---
 S10+      6.4"  6.2  1440x3040  1TB   512
 S10       6.1"  5.5  1440x3040  512   512
 S10e      5.8"  5.3  1080x2280  256   512
 S9+       6.2"  6.7  1440x2960  256   400
 S9        5.8"  5.7  1440x2960  256   400
 S8+       6.2"  6.1  1440x2960  128   256
 S8        5.8"  5.4  1440x2960   64   256
 S7 Edge   5.5"  5.5  1440x2560  128   200
 S7        5.1"  5.4  1440x2560   64   200
 S6 Edge+  5.7"  5.4  1440x2560  128   ---
 S6 Edge   5.1"  4.7  1440x2560  128   ---
 S6        5.1"  4.9  1440x2560  128   ---
 S5        5.1"  5.1  1080x1920   32   200
 S4        5.0"  4.6  1080x1920   64    64
 S III     4.8"  4.7   720x1280   64    64
 S II      4.3"  4.0   480x800    32    32
 S         4.0"  4.0   480x800    32    32

 ** microSD External storage

Galaxy S20 (February 2020)
No S11. Jumps to Galaxy S20 to coincide with 2020. The following is expected: huge improvement in camera, especially on top models, larger battery, screen sizes from 6.4" to 6.9", two non-5G models (S20, S20+); three 5G models (S20, S20+, S20 Ultra 5G). Refresh rates of 120Hz and possibly 8K video. None of this information is yet official (stay tuned!).

Galaxy S10 - (April 2019)
Four models starting with the entry-level 5.8" S10e with two rear cameras, followed by the S10, S10+ and S10 5G. The 3.5mm analog jack was retained. The S10 5G has a massive 6.7" screen, 5G cellular and six cameras, including a rear infrared camera to enhance depth for augmented reality (AR).

Galaxy S9 - (April 2018)
The latest Galaxy S line. The S9 and S9+ are very similar to the S8 and S8+; however, the S9 has a new camera with increased brightness and a more efficient processor for better battery life. The fingerprint sensor is easier to reach.

Galaxy S8 - (April 2017)
Both the 5.8" S8 and 6.2" S8+ employ slightly curved screens around the sides like the S7 Edge, and both models include the Edge rotating toolbars. The top model S8+ is noticeably taller than the S7 Edge, although the widths are the same.

Type C USB replaced the Micro USB connector, and Samsung's Bixby virtual assistant was added to answer questions, command the device and analyze images (see USB Type C and Bixby). To allow for thinner top and bottom bezels, the physical home button was dropped. As a result, the S8's fingerprint reader was moved to the back of the phone.

Screen Selection
In current Galaxy models, the screen can be switched to three resolutions. The lower resolutions save battery.

Galaxy S7 (April 2016)
Both dust and water-resistant, the S7 is slightly thicker and heavier than the S6. The external SD card slot was brought back, and the non-removable battery was bumped from 2,550 to 3,000 mAh (3,600 in the Edge model). The camera has a new sensor and faster auto-focus. The S7 screen is 5.1"; S7 Edge is 5.5" (see Galaxy S7 Edge).

Always Available Time
The S7 introduced the option for always-on time, date and battery level, which consumes very little power.

Galaxy S6 (April 2015)
The S6 has a slightly thinner, more refined case but the same 5.1" size as the S5. Adding Qi wireless charging to the line, two surprises were the elimination of the replaceable battery and SD card slot for extra storage (the SD returned on the S7). The S6 added fast battery charging and a minimum of 32GB of storage. The S6 Edge comes with slightly curved screens at both sides. See Galaxy S6 Edge.

Galaxy S5 (April 2014)
With a 5.1" screen, the S5 featured many enhancements such as a built-in heart rate sensor and fingerprint reader. The camera took 16-megapixel pictures with advanced modes; for example, the depth of field could be changed after taking the shot. The S5 was waterproof for a short period in one meter of water. For Samsung smartwatch users, the S5 could be a baby monitor that sends signals to the watch. See Samsung Gear.

Galaxy S4 (April 2013)
Slightly thinner than the S III, the S4 had a 5" screen and 13-megapixel rear camera. A variety of camera features were added, including automatic album creation and simultaneous front and back recording. The S4 included a higher-capacity battery, an infrared (IR) blaster for home theater remote control and gesture recognition. For example, scrolling and zooming in some apps can be performed by hand motions, and eye tracking will pause a video if the user moves away from the screen.

"Active" Ruggedized Models
Starting with the Galaxy S4, "Active" models in the Galaxy S series offer a ruggedized option for physically active people. For example, the Galaxy S7 Active is certified IP68 (see IP code).