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The Evolution of Samsung Galaxy Note

Samsung pretty much started the “phablet” category by initially offering the Galaxy Note a few years back. Throughout the years the company has been releasing successors with bigger displays and better performing internals. With the fourth generation Note just announced yesterday, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and look back at how the Galaxy Note started and developed their participation in the phone-tablet hybrid scene.



One of the prominent changes in the Note’s lineup is the display. The first Galaxy Note started with just 5.3 inches with HD graphics and 1280 x 800 resolution with 285 pixels per inch (ppi). It was then partnered with Corning’s first-ever Gorilla Glass to reinforce its Super AMOLED display.

The next iteration, the Galaxy Note II, got bigger display at 5.5-inch with the second version of Gorilla Glass. The Note 3 then went bigger and stretched it to 5.7-inch and was protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The company also gave it a Full HD display for the first time.


The very first Samsung Galaxy Note.

Finally, with the Note 4, we get the same 5.7-inch screen but it’s now equipped with Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440. It still got the latest protection from Corning while keeping the same Super AMOLED technology. From the first Note with 285ppi, the Note 4 now has 513ppi – almost double the pixel density!



A good display is certainly nothing without good processing power. The Note family has been known to provide more than one version of CPU varying from their own Exynos system and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

For the first iteration there was the dual-core Snapdragon CPU clocked only at 1.5GHz and a 1.4GHz Exynos dual-core variant. Fast forward to three years later and we now have the latest Snapdragon quad-core processor at a blazing 2.7GHz and a 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos CPU.


One feature that sets apart the Notes from other phablets is their S Pen functionality that makes working easier. It has been one of the selling points that remained unchanged throughout all versions. With the Note 4, the company claims that it is now more responsive and precise than ever before. Additional functions that appeared first on the Note 4 are its fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor as fitness trackers are slowly gaining popularity in the market.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 during its IFA launch last year.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 during its IFA launch last year.

Below is a detailed specs comparison between four generations of Galaxy Note in a span of three years.

Galaxy NoteGalaxy Note IIGalaxy Note 3Galaxy Note 4
5.3-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1280 x 800)5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display (1280 x 720)5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1920 x 1080)5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display (2560 x 1440)
Corning Gorilla GlassCorning Gorilla Glass 2Corning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8255T dual-core processor2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor2.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor
1.4GHz Exynos 4210 dual-core processor1.6GHz Exynos 4412 quad-core processor1.9GHz Exynos 5420 octa-core (1.9GHz quad + 1.3GHz quad-core) processor1.9GHz Exynos 5433 octa-core (1.9GHz quad + 1.3GHz quad-core) processor
Adreno 220 / Mali-400MP GPUMali-400MP GPUAdreno 330 GPU / Mali-T628 MP6 GPUAdreno 420 GPU / Mali-T760 GPU
16/32GB internal storage16/32/64GB internal storage16/32/64GB internal storage32GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSDup to 64GB via microSDup to 64GB via microSDup to 64GB via microSD
8-megapixel rear camera w/ LED flash8-megapixel rear camera w/ LED flash13-megapixel rear camera w/ LED flash16-megapixel rear camera w/ OIS & LED flash
2-megapixel front camera1.9-megapixel front camera2-megapixel front camera3.7-megapixel front camera, f/1.9 aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/nWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v3.0, A2DP, EDRBluetooth 4.0, A2DP, EDR, LEBluetooth 4.0, A2DP, EDR, LEBluetooth 4.1, A2DP, EDR, LE
USB 2.0, MHLUSB 2.0, MHLUSB 3.0, MHL 2USB 2.0, MHL 2
S Pen stylusS Pen stylusS Pen stylusS Pen stylus
Fingerprint sensor, Heart rate monitor
2,500mAh battery3,100mAh battery3,200mAh battery3,220mAh battery
Android 2.3.6 GingerbreadAndroid 4.1.1 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.3 Jelly BeanAndroid 4.4.4 KitKat
146.85 x 82.95 x 9.65mm151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm153.5 x 78.6 x 8.5 mm
178183 grams168 grams176 grams
Released October 2011Released September 2012Released September 2013Released September 2014

Each of the Galaxy Note has somehow led the pack in its category during their respective times. Providing their users with speedy performance, efficiency at work-related tasks, and a battery life that lasts, the Note just keeps on improving after every version making them one of the most preferred phablets today.


The newly-announced Galaxy Note 4.

That’s about it. Hope you got something from this short article we’ve prepared. For our hands-on and reviews just click through the links:

Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung Galaxy Note II
Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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1 Response

  1. johndarrell says:

    The International Galaxy Note GT-N7000 has a Dual Core Exynos while the LTE Capable Galaxy Note like the AT&T, and Korean SHV-E160S/K/L has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 MSM8660 or APQ8060 + MDM9600 @ 1.5GHz Dual Core Scorpion.

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