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Definition: Galaxy Note

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.

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, depending on model number, a Galaxy Note can be a smartphone or tablet.

                                Max Storage
       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The Note 7 superseded the Note 5 (there was no 6), but the 7 was a failure.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 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 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)