Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone pricing through the years (2020 update)
Samsung recently launched its newest flagship and member of the Galaxy Note series, the Galaxy Note 20 series. It’s the company’s most powerful device to date and one of its most expensive. But how does the current Note’s price compared to the predecessors? Let’s find out.
The first Galaxy Note was introduced at the IFA 2011 in Berlin. It featured a 5.3-inch display which is considered massive at the time, a dual-core Exynos chipset, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, stylus, 2,500mAh battery, and ran on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. It arrived in the Philippines in November 2011 for Php35,990.
The Galaxy Note 2 was also introduced at IFA Berlin in 2012. It packs a larger 5.5-inch screen, Exynos 4412 octa-core chipset, 2GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 3,100mAh battery, upgraded digitizer, and Android 4.1.1 Jellybean. It launched in the Philippines in November 2012 for Php32,990.
The screen on the Galaxy Note just keeps getting larger, as the Note 3 packed a 5.68-inch screen. It still has a stylus and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 3GB RAM, 13MP rear camera, 3,200mAh battery, faux-leather cover, and Android 4.3 Jellybean. It arrived in the Philippines in September 2013 for Php36,990.
In 2014, Samsung unveiled the toned-down version of the Note 3 called the Note 3 Neo. It sports a 5.5-inch screen, Exynos 5260 hexa-core chipset, 2GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, stylus, 3,100mAh battery, and Android 4.3 Jellybean. It unofficially arrived in the country through resellers for Php27,990.
Next is the Galaxy Note 4 which was unveiled in September 2014 in IFA Berlin. It sports a 5.66 WQHD screen, Exynos 5433 octa-core chipset, 3GB RAM, 16MP rear camera, the S Pen, fingerprint sensor, heart-rate monitor, 3,220mAh battery, and Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It became available in the Philippines in November 2014 for Php37,990.
The Note Edge was announced alongside the Note 4. It features a unique 5.6-inch screen that curves on one side, a Snapdragon 805 chipset, 3GB RAM, 16MP rear camera, S Pen, 3,000mAh battery, and Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It arrived in the Philippines for a hefty Php43,990.
The Galaxy Note 5 was announced in August 2015. The hardware was based on the Galaxy S6 with a more premium metal frame and glass back. It features a 5.6-inch QHD display, Exynos 7420 octa-core chipset, 4GB RAM, 16MP rear camera, S-Pen, 3,000mAh battery, and Android 5.1 Lollipop. It became available in the Philippines for Php36,990 (32GB).
The Galaxy Note 7 was announced in August 2016 in New York. Its hardware is based on the Galaxy S7. It sports a 5.7-inch display, Gorilla Glass 5, Exynos 8890 octa-core chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, 12MP dual pixel rear camera, iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, heart-rate sensor, IP68-rating, 3,500mAh battery, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Sadly, the Note 7 was afflicated with serious battery issues which resulted to its early retirement in October 2016. It launched in the Philippines for Php39,990.
Almost a year after the launch of the Note 7 and a month before the unveiling of the Note 8, Samsung released the Note FE (Fan Edition), which is based on the old Note 7 hardware but with an updated Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS, and a smaller yet safer 3,200mAh battery. It sold in the Philippines at a lower price tag of Php32,990.
Samsung returned in the game with the launch of the Galaxy Note 8 in August 2017. It’s better than the predecessor in almost all aspects like its 6.3-inc 18.5:9 display, Exynos 8895 octa-core chipset, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, 12MP dual rear cameras, USB Type-C, Iris scanner, Samsung DeX, a better S Pen, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and a modest yet safe 3,300mAh battery. It launched in the Philippines for Php49,990.
For 2018, Samsung released the Galaxy Note 9 and went all out with the upgrades and bested not just its predecessor but the Galaxy S9+ as well. It sports a 6.3-inch display, Exynos 9810 octa-core chipset, up to 8GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, dual rear cameras, heat pipe cooling, Samsung DeX without the docking station, Android 8.1 Oreo, and a large 4,000mAh battery. The specs though came with a hefty price tag of Php55,590 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model, and Php75,990 for the 8GB RAM + 512GB storage option. The Note 9 is also the first Galaxy device to break such price barriers.
In 2019, Samsung released two Notes, the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy Note 10+. The Note 10 has a 6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, triple rear cameras, and a 3,500mAh battery. The Note 10+ has a larger 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, 12GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, triple rear cameras plus a DepthVision camera, and 4,300mAh battery. Both devices are powered by a Samsung Exynos 9825 chipset with 4G connectivity.
At launch, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (8GB + 256GB) is priced at PHP 53,990, while the Galaxy Note 10+ is priced at PHP 60,990 (12GB + 256GB) and PHP 72,990 (12GB + 512GB).
For 2020, Samsung continued the trend of releasing two Note devices. We have the Galaxy Note 20 and the Note 20 Ultra. The Note 20 has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, 8GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, triple rear cameras, and 4,300mAh battery. For the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, it has a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 120Hz refresh rate, up to 12GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, triple rear cameras, and a 4,300mAh battery. Both are powered by the Samsung Exynos 990 and comes with an improved S-Pen and Samsung DeX. Both units also come in 5G and 4G models, although you’ll have to get the device through Globe or Smart if you want 5G.
Price starts at PHP 53,990 for the Galaxy Note 20, and PHP 67,990 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, and PHP 72,990 for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G.
And that sums up the pricing history of the Samsung Galaxy Note series. Given the pricing of the new Note 9, we wonder how much the next one will cost. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.