Samsung has just posted a history of the Galaxy S series video on its YouTube channel, walking us through all of the big changes it’s made over the years. While these major changes haven’t been prominent until recently, Samsung’s Galaxy S series has certainly come a long way since the first Galaxy S smartphone was released in the Summer of 2010.
The Galaxy S featured a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz ARM Hummingbird processor and a 5MP rear-facing camera. In turn, it was the company’s first real attempt at taking on the Apple iPhone. After somewhat disappointing U.S. sales numbers, in 2011, the company launched the Galaxy S2. With its 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display and 8MP rear-facing camera, the S2 took home many awards, including the Smartphone of the Year award at the MWC Global Awards.
Samsung announced its next big smartphone, the Galaxy S3, at its Unpacked event in 2012. Samsung received over 9 million pre-orders for the Galaxy S3 two weeks after the unveiling and sold over 10 million devices in less than 3 months. This device had a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display and a very impressive 8MP rear camera. The next year in 2013, the company released the Galaxy S4. This device had a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, a fast processor and a 13MP main camera. Building off of the success of the GS3 and GS4, the Galaxy S5 was launched in 2014. Under the hood, this handset should have been much more popular than it was. Samsung didn’t change much from the GS4 to the GS5, which ended up producing very disappointing sales.
Then with the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, Samsung changed a lot. The company had to make a few sacrifices in order to include a great aesthetic change this time around. The GS6 doesn’t have a removable battery or a MicroSD card slot, which has been quite controversial since the launch of the smartphones. However, thanks to that sacrifice, the Galaxy S6 quickly became one of the most beautiful smartphones the company has ever produced.
All in all, Samsung has made a lot of changes over the years, and most of them are for the best. Do you think Samsung has made the right moves over the years? What do you think they could have done differently?