Samsung Galaxy Note series

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Samsung Galaxy Note
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Top: New Logo introduced with the Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Left to right: original, Note II, Note 3 displaying their current software version
Manufacturer Samsung Electronics
Type Phablet smartphone, Tablet
Release date October 29, 2011; 5 years ago (2011-10-29)
Operating system Android
Input Touch screen, Stylus
Related articles Samsung Galaxy

Samsung Galaxy Note (stylized as SΛMSUNG Galaxy Note, previously as Samsung GALAXY Note) is a series of Android-based high-end smartphones and high-end tablets developed and marketed by Samsung Electronics. The line is primarily oriented towards pen computing; all Galaxy Note models ship with a stylus pen and incorporate a pressure-sensitive Wacom digitizer. All Galaxy Note models also include software features that are oriented towards the stylus and the devices' large screens, such as note-taking and digital scrapbooking apps, and split-screen multitasking.

The Galaxy Note smartphones have been considered the first commercially successful examples of "phablets"—a class of smartphone with large screens that are intended to straddle the functionality of a traditional tablet with that of a phone. Samsung sold over 50 million Galaxy Note devices between September 2011 and October 2013. 10 million units of the Galaxy Note 3 have been sold within its first 2 months, 30 million were of the Note II, while the original Galaxy Note sold around 10 million units worldwide.



Galaxy Note[edit]

At IFA Berlin in 2011, Samsung announced the original Galaxy Note. While some media outlets questioned the viability of the device due to its 5.3-inch (135-mm) screen (which was, at the time, considered extremely large for a phone), the Note received positive reception for its stylus functionality, the speed of its 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, and the advantages of such a large screen size.[1][2] The Galaxy Note was a commercial success: released October 2011, Samsung announced in December 2011, that the Galaxy Note had sold 1 million units in two months. In February 2012, Samsung debuted a Note version with LTE support, and by August 2012, the Note had sold 10 million units worldwide.[3][4]

Galaxy Note II[edit]

On August 29, 2012, at IFA Berlin, Samsung unveiled a successor to the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy Note II. The new model, released September 2012, featured improvements to the original Note's hardware (with a quad-core processor and a larger 5.5 inches (140 mm) display, a revised stylus and an upgraded digitizer with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity for more precise pen input, a new hardware design based on that of the Galaxy S III), along with new features such as pen gestures, split-screen multitasking, Air View (which allows previews of content to be displayed by hovering the pen above the screen), and other new features also introduced by the S III.[5]

Galaxy Note 3[edit]

On September 4, 2013, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 3, which introduced a more "premium" design with a plastic leather backing, a 5.7 inch (145 mm) 1080p display, up to 5 minutes of 4K video recording, USB 3.0 connector, and expanded stylus pen functionality.[6][7]

Galaxy Note 3 Neo[edit]

In January 2014, Samsung for the first time released a "downgraded" version of the Note 3, the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. It features the S-Pen stylus, 8 MP camera, 5.5" Super AMOLED HD 720p display, 16 GB storage, 2 GB RAM as well as all of the Note 3's software features. For the first time, it has a Samsung Exynos Hexa 5260 (6 core) processor with a quad core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 CPU and a dual core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15 CPU with support for HMP and a Mali-T624 GPU.

Galaxy Note 4[edit]

On September 3, 2014, at IFA Berlin, Samsung unveiled a successor to the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 4. The new model, released October 2014, introduced a new design with a plastic leather backing and metal frame, a 5.7-inch (145 mm) QHD display, a 16 MP camera with OIS, improved S-Pen stylus, an upgraded digitizer with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity and expanded functionality, fingerprint scanner, and other features taken from the Galaxy S5.

Galaxy Note Edge[edit]

Alongside the Galaxy Note 4, Samsung also unveiled the Galaxy Note Edge, which features a display with a curved portion that wraps around the right bezel of the device. The curved area can be used as a sidebar to display news and information tickers, application shortcuts, and other tools.[8][9]

Galaxy Note 5[edit]

The Galaxy Note 5 was announced on 13 August 2015. It is based upon the specifications and hardware design of the Galaxy S6, including its metal frame and glass backing, a 5.7-inch 1440p display, Exynos 7 Octa 7420 system-on-chip, as well as a new spring-loaded stylus slot. As with the S6 and unlike previous Note models, the Note 5 does not offer a user-replaceable battery or expandable storage.[10][11][12][13] The new "Screen off memo" feature allows the phone to be awoken directly to a note screen when the stylus is removed,[10] and the camera app allows public and private livestreaming directly to YouTube.[10]

Galaxy Note 7[edit]

The Galaxy Note 7 was announced during a press event in New York City on 2 August 2016.[14] It is largely based on the hardware of the Galaxy S7, inheriting its processor, camera, and the restoration of IP68 water resistance and expandable storage. It is also Samsung's first device to feature a USB type-C connector. The Galaxy Note 7's display is curved across the sides of the device, and its stylus features higher degrees of pressure sensitivity and a finer tip.[15][16] Samsung branded the device as the Note 7 rather than 6 in order to synchronize its branding with the flagship Samsung Galaxy S7.[17]

The Galaxy Note 7 was afflicted by repeated manufacturing problems with their internal batteries, which led to incidents in which they overheated and combusted.[18][19] After replacement models experienced similar incidents, the Note 7 was officially discontinued on 11 October 2016, and all devices were recalled globally.[20][21]

Galaxy Note FE[edit]

After the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Samsung company decided to release the Note FE as the new Note 7 being released in selected countries on July 7, 2017. It comes with a smaller battery than the Note 7 due to safety reasons.[22]

Galaxy Note 8[edit]

As part of the exchange program for the Galaxy Note 7 in South Korea, Samsung stated that those who chose to exchange their device for an S7 or S7 Edge would be able to receive a discount on their purchase of the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy Note 8 upon their release in 2017, indirectly confirming Samsung's intent to release a new model.[23] It was later suggested by a Samsung executive that the device might be announced in August 2017.[24]

On 20 July 2017, Samsung published a tweet with a teaser video showing a darkened device with a stylus, stating the date of its next "Unpacked" event as 23 August 2017.[25][26][27]


Samsung Galaxy Note[edit]

Galaxy Note 8.0[edit]

At the Mobile World Congress 2013 , Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8.0. It has an 8-inch display and uses a quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and, like the Galaxy Note 10.1, supports the Samsung S-Pen stylus.

Galaxy Note 10.1[edit]

At the Mobile World Congress 2012, Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1, as an alternative to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It has a 10.1-inch display and uses a quad-core 1.4 GHz processor and supports the Samsung S-Pen stylus input as seen on the original Galaxy Note phone.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition[edit]

At the 2013 Samsung Unpacked Episode 2 event on Berlin and New York, Samsung announced the successor to the original Galaxy Note 10.1 inch tablet dubbed as the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Like its predecessor, it has a 10.1 inch display and now supports the improved Samsung S-Pen stylus input also seen in the Note III and it copies the design cue of its lower-end sibling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 which sports the unified Samsung design first used on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro[edit]

Galaxy Note Pro 12.2[edit]

At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung announced the first Pro line of tablets which included a bigger Samsung Galaxy Note Pro tablet with a 12.2 inch display and also comes with the same S-Pen stylus the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is sporting which is the standard on the Note Series. Its design is similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition which has the Samsung standard simulated stitched-leather back.

Other Samsung Devices equipped with S-Pen stylus[edit]

Galaxy Tab[edit]

Subsequently, released together with the first regular Tab A 8.0 and 9.7 models in 2015, Samsung released a model of the Tab A 9.7 equipped with an S-Pen stylus making it the first Samsung Galaxy device to be equipped with the Samsung stylus outside of the Note series.


This table is primarily intended to show the differences between the model families of the Galaxy Note series. The list only covers unlocked and international devices.

Phablets Tablets
Galaxy Note/ Galaxy Note LTE (GT-N7000/3G) (GT-N7005/LTE)[28] Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100/3G) (GT-N7105/LTE)[29] Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9000/3G) (SM-N9005/LTE)[30] Galaxy Note 3 Neo (SM-N7500/3G) (SM-N7505/LTE)[31] Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910G)[32] Galaxy Note Edge (SM-N915G)[33] Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920)[34] Galaxy Note 8.0 (GT-N5100/N5110/N5120)[35] Galaxy Note 10.1 (GT-N8000/N8010/N8020)[36] Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (SM-P600/P601/P605)[37][38] Galaxy Note Pro 12.2
Release date October 2011 September 2012 September 2013 February 2014 October 2014 November 2014 August 2015 April 2013 August 2012 October 2013 February 2014
Dimensions H 146.9 mm (5.78 in)
W 83 mm (3.27 in)
D 9.7 mm (0.38 in)
H 151.1 mm (5.95 in)
W 80.5 mm (3.17 in)
D 9.4 mm (0.37 in)
H 151.2 mm (5.95 in)
W 79.2 mm (3.12 in)
D 8.3 mm (0.33 in)
H 148.4 mm (5.84 in)
W 77.4 mm (3.05 in)
D 8.6 mm (0.34 in)
H 153.5 mm (6.04 in)
W 78.6 mm (3.09 in)
D 8.5 mm (0.33 in)
H 151.3 mm (5.96 in)
W 82.4 mm (3.24 in)
D 8.3 mm (0.33 in)
H 153.2 mm (6.03 in)
W 76.1 mm (3.00 in)
D 7.6 mm (0.30 in)
H 210.8 mm (8.30 in)
W 135.9 mm (5.35 in)
D 8.1 mm (0.32 in)
H 262 mm (10.31 in)
W 180 mm (7.09 in)
D 8.9 mm (0.35 in)
H 243.1 mm (9.57 in)
W 171.4 mm (6.75 in)
D 7.9 mm (0.31 in)
H 295.6 mm (11.64 in)

W 204 mm (8.0 in)

D 7.95 mm (0.313 in)

Weight w/battery 178 g (6.3 oz) 180 g (6.3 oz) 168 g (5.9 oz) 163 g (5.7 oz) 176 g (6.2 oz) 174 g (6.1 oz) 171 g (6.0 oz) 338 g (11.9 oz) 599 g (21.1 oz) 537 g (18.9 oz) 750 g (1.65 lb)
Android OS 2.3 4.1 4.3 4.4 5.1.1 Lollipop 4.1 4.0 4.3 4.4.2
Upgradable to 4.1 Jelly Bean 4.4.2 KitKat 5.1.1 Lollipop 6.0.1 Marshmallow 4.4 KitKat 5.0 Lollipop 5.0.2 Lollipop
Display 5.3-inch HD WXGA (800x1280) Super AMOLED 5.55-inch HD 720p (720x1280) Super AMOLED Plus 5.7-inch Full HD 1080p (1080x1920) Super AMOLED 5.5-inch HD 720p (720x1280) Super AMOLED 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED (1440x2560) Super AMOLED 5.6-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED (1440x2560) Super AMOLED 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED (1440x2560) Super AMOLED 8.0-inch HD WXGA (800x1280) TFT 10.1-inch HD WXGA (800x1280) Super PLS TFT 10.1-inch HD WQXGA (2560x1600) Super Clear PLS TFT 12.2-inch HD WQXGA (2560×1600) TFT
SoC Samsung Exynos 4210 Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420 (LTE Cat4 or 6 version)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (LTE Cat6 version)
Samsung Exynos 5 Quad 5260 Samsung Exynos 5433 (LTE/LTE-A) or Snapdragon 805 (LTE Cat 6) Exynos 7 Octa 5433 (LTE version)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (LTE+)
Exynos 7 Octa 7420 Samsung Exynos 4412 Quad Samsung Exynos 5420 (Wi-Fi & Wi-Fi+3G) or Snapdragon 800 (LTE) Samsung Exynos 5420 (Wi-Fi) or Snapdragon 800 (LTE)
CPU 1.4 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.6 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait 400 (4G/LTE) or 1.9 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 & 1.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 (3G) 1.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 & 1.7 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53
1.9 GHz quad-core Cortex-A57 (LTE Cat4 model),
2.7 GHz quad-core Krait 450 (LTE Cat6 model)
2.7 GHz quad-core Krait 450 (LTE+ version) 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53
1.9 GHz quad-core Cortex-A57
1.6 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 1.4 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 2.1 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A57 & 1.5 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53
GPU ARM Mali-400MP4
(@266 MHz)
ARM Mali-400MP4
(@400 MHz)
ARM Mali-T628MP6
(3G version) (@600 MHz)
ARM Mali-T624 (@400 MHz) ARM Mali T760 - ARM Mali-400MP4
(@400 MHz)
ARM Mali-T628MP6 (@600 MHz) Wi-Fi & Wi-Fi+3G model ARM Mali-T628MP6 (Wi-Fi model)
GPU (LTE models) - Adreno 330 (@450 MHz) - Mali T760 (Cat4/Cat9 version)
Adreno 420 (Cat6 version)
ARM Mali-TT760MP8 - Adreno 330 (@450 MHz) Adreno 330 Wi-Fi+4G model
RAM 1 GB 2 GB 3 GB 2 GB 3 GB 4 GB 2 GB 3 GB 3 GB
Storage 16 or 32 GB 16 or 32 or 64 GB 16 GB 32 or 64 GB 32 or 64 GB 16 or 32 GB 16 or 32 or 64 GB 32 or 64 GB
Expandable memory microSD slot (up to 64 GB) microSD slot (up to 64 GB) microSD slot (up to 64 GB) microSD slot (up to 128 GB) (not expandable) microSD slot (up to 64 GB) microSD slot (up to 64 GB) microSDXC slot (up to 128 GB)
2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1,800/1,900 MHz Optional
3G WCDMA/HSPA Yes Optional
4G LTE Optional
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
WLAN Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct,
Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct,
DLNA(Cert. not listed)
Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct,
Bluetooth 3.0+HS 4.0+LE
Connectivity HDMI support HDMI support
HDMI support
HDMI support
HDMI support
- HDMI support HDMI support HDMI support HDMI support
micro USB Standard 5-pin
2.0 (Via MHL)
Standard 5-pin
2.0 (Via MHL)
B port
3.0 (Via MHL 2)
Standard 5-pin
2.0 (Via MHL)
B port
2.0 (Via MHL 2)
Standard 5-pin
2.0 (Via MHL)
Standard 5-pin
2.0 (Via MHL)
Standard 5-pin
2.0 (Via MHL)
Standard 5-pin
2.0 (Via MHL)
Standard 10-pin
3.0 (Via MHL)
USB OTG Supported
Basic Sensors Accelerometer, 3-axis Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light, Compass, Barometer
Additional Sensors - Magnetometer
RGB ambient light
Hall Sensor, Finger Scanner
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS NO
ANT+ Support NO
Rear Camera
(Video Recording)
8 MP
(1080p HD)
8 MP
(1080p HD)
13 MP
(4K[4G version])
(1080p in 60fps)
8 MP
(1080p HD)
16 MP Smart OIS[40]
(4K [4G version])
(1080p HD in 60fps)
(720p hd in 120fps)
16 MP
Smart OIS[40]
5 MP
(1080p HD)
5 MP
(1080p HD)
8 MP
(1080p HD)
Front Camera 2 MP (with VGA video recording) 1.9 MP (with 720p video recording) 2 MP (with 1080p video recording) 2 MP (with 1080p video recording) 3.7 MP with 1.9f (with 1440p HD video recording) 5 MP (video 1440p HD ) 1.3 MP (with 720p video recording) 1.9 MP (with 720p video recording) 2 MP (with 1080p video recording)
Battery 2,500 mAh 3,100 mAh 3,200 mAh 3,100 mAh 3,220 mAh 3,000 mAh 3,000 mAh
(not removable)
4,600 mAh 7,000 mAh 8,220 mAh 9,500 mAh
Galaxy Note/ Galaxy Note LTE (N7000/3G) (N7005/LTE) Galaxy Note II (N7100/3G) (N7105/LTE) Galaxy Note 3 (N9000/3G) (N9005/LTE) Galaxy Note 3 Neo (N7500/3G) (N7505/LTE) Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910G) Galaxy Note Edge (SM-N915G) Galaxy Note 5 (SM-N920) Galaxy Note 8.0 (N5100/N5110/N5120) Galaxy Note 10.1 (N8000/N8010/N8020) Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (P600/P601/P605) Galaxy Note Pro 12.2(P900/P905)
Phablets Tablets

See also[edit]


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  28. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note N7000,
  29. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100,
  30. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 3 N9000,
  31. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo N7500,
  32. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 4,
  33. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note Edge,
  34. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note5,
  35. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 N5100,
  36. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000,
  37. ^ Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition N8100,
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  39. ^ a b
  40. ^ a b Smart OIS = Optical Image Stabilization + software image stabilisation

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