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Definition: Galaxy Note


A family of popular Android-based phablets and tablets from Samsung. The first Note was introduced in 2011 with a 5.3" screen and "S Pen" stylus for drawing and handwriting. Based on the Wacom digitizer tablet interface, the S Pen can also be used for tapping icons and menus.

Note 9 - Latest Note
Introduced in 2018, the Note 9 is Samsung's flagship smartphone. 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, and internal storage doubled (see table below). The fingerprint sensor was moved below the camera module, fixing the awkward placement on the Note 8. The stylus was Bluetooth enabled for presentations and picture taking by remote control.

Note 8 - Previous Note
The Note 8 superseded the Note 5 (there was no 6, and the 7 was a failure). The Note 8 is similar to the Galaxy S8+ but with an S Pen stylus, which makes all Notes unique. 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 - Awful Flaw
Some batteries in the Note 7 exploded or burned while charging, and Samsung initiated a global recall. Erring on the side of caution, several airlines banned their use. However, after replacement units had problems, Samsung ceased production of the 7 in October 2016. See phablet and Note Edge.

Note Tablets
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, a Galaxy Note 8 can refer to a smartphone or tablet. See Galaxy S.

 NOTE PHABLETS                Max Storage
         Screen            RAM    (GB)
 Model    Size  Resolution (GB) Int. Ext.

 Note 9 - 6.4"  2960x1440   8  512  512
 Note 8 - 6.3"  2960x1440   6  256  512
 Note 7 - 5.7"  2560x1440   4   64  256
 Note 6 - never made
 Note 5   5.7"  2560x1440   4   64   --
 Note 4   5.7"  2560x1440   3   32  128
 Note 3   5.7"  1920x1080   3   64   64
 Note II  5.5"  1280x720    2   64   64
 Note     5.3"  1200x800    1   32   64





The S Pen Difference
What sets the Note line apart is Samsung's 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 large screens on early Notes and other Galaxy models quickly became popular and induced Apple to offer a phablet in 2014 (see iPhone 6).






The Wrap-Around Edge
The Note Edge added rotating toolbars on a novel, curved screen (see Note Edge). (Image courtesy of Samsung Electronics Company, Ltd., www.samsung.com)