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How have Samsung Galaxy S phones evolved? | Digital Trends Spanish

There is very little left for the world to be shown the line Galaxy S22, which will be presented at the Galaxy Unpacked event this Wednesday, February 9. On this day, we expect to see three phone models, as in recent years, and perhaps other products, such as a new watch and/or tablet.

As a result of this presentation, we decided to review the entire line of Galaxy S phones that the South Korean company has launched, highlighting the innovations that Samsung has added every year, since 2010, to its most popular range.

Samsung Galaxy S

The Galaxy S line began 12 years ago, when Android was just beginning to show its potential. The company’s first phone to use Google’s operating system was the Samsung GT-I7500, but the original Galaxy S was one of the devices that helped propel it into the behemoth it is today.

This cell phone arrived in March 2010 and had a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and 8-16 GB expandable by microSD, in addition to its pioneering 4-inch diagonal AMOLED panel and a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.

Its competition was HTC’s Desire and Desire HD, but Samsung’s phone excelled in several respects despite not leading in design. Still, its rectangular look with rounded corners and a center button was what the company continued to use and refine in the future.

Samsung Galaxy SII

In 2011 came the Samsung Galaxy S II, a slimmer version of its predecessor that featured a slimmer look and a slightly larger screen (4.3-inch Super AMOLED). With this, it surpassed the panels of other terminals, such as the Motorola Atrix, LG Optimus 2X and Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S, in relation to colors and brightness. In addition, with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Exynos 4210 processor, it led the Android high-end that year.

On the other hand, Samsung stood out that year by sending units of the Galaxy S2 to the community of independent developers CyanogenMod, in order to modify different aspects of the device’s software.

Samsung Galaxy S III

The third phone in the series arrived in May 2012 with a change in its design, adding curves on the back of the phone as well as on the corners as before. The idea was to simulate a bit the shape of the boulder type stones.

The phone’s screen remained Super AMOLED, but it grew to 4.8 inches and reached HD resolution, something that was not common at the time. But that’s not all, Samsung also innovated in its software, improving TouchWiz with proximity sensor controls (without having to touch the screen), video playback in floating windows (Pop Up Play) and the S Voice assistant.

The Galaxy S III was a success for Samsung and distributed more than 70 million units worldwide. It was the first Galaxy to outsell the iPhone, beating the 4S in its own territory. It even held its own against the iPhone 5, which launched months after the S III (Apple’s latest phone only outsold it in February 2013).

Samsung Galaxy s4

Some people criticized the 2013 S4 for not having any noticeable design changes compared to the S III, but the differences were on the inside. This time, the screen became 5 inches and its resolution reached 1920 x 1080 pixels Full HD, something unprecedented in its line. In addition, it had an Exynos 5410 octa-core processor and 2 GB of RAM, which provided good performance for a few years.

Competing with the HTC One, LG G2 or Motorola Moto X, the Galaxy S4 managed to sell more than 80 million units, becoming the best-selling Android-powered phone of all time.

Samsung Galaxy S5

Criticism about the design of the previous model apparently had an effect on the Galaxy S5, from 2014, since its back came with a plastic cover with holes and several colors to choose from.

It could be said that it was not the most elegant, if we consider its predecessors, but the relevance of the S5 lies in innovations that remained for years, even in the Galaxy S10 and S10 + of 2019, such as the fingerprint reader (although one more precarious than the current one) and protection against dust and water.

On the other hand, this phone had a 13-megapixel camera that allowed video recording at 4K resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, but even with these features it failed to boost its sales and surpass the Galaxy S4.

Samsung Galaxy S6

In 2015, the curved AMOLED screen came to the Galaxy S line, which had already been present in the Galaxy Note Edge. Thus, the Edge screen became a Samsung icon.

Back then, the S line was also split for the first time into a standard and an Edge version. Both had the same features and functions — like a 5.1-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 — but of course the Edge version had a curved panel, along with a 50mAh battery and a higher price.

Another merit that the Galaxy S has is that it improved its design, which continues to be polished to this day. This one had a glass and aluminum finish and was available in various colors.

Samsung Galaxy S7

A person holds the Galaxy S7 in the palm of their hand.  We explain how to restore it to the factory.

Following the example of the previous terminal, the Galaxy S line was again divided into a standard version and an Edge, although this time their differences went beyond the curvature of the screen. They had the same resolution and technology, but the Galaxy S7 had a 5.1-inch Quad HD AMOLED screen, while the S7 Edge had 5.5 inches and also had a larger 600 mAh battery.

The 2016 cell phone also stood out for improving its cameras, having a 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture, Dual Pixel technology and optical image stabilizer.

Galaxy S8

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After realizing that the rest of the companies were renewing the design of their cell phones, in 2017 Samsung decided to make a change to its Galaxy S line, applying a curved panel with hardly any margins and eliminating the physical buttons on the screen, which is known as Infinity Display.

As Samsung began to standardize a curved screen in its terminals, the models were divided into the S8 and S8 Plus versions, the latter being larger. The Plus model also had a more powerful battery: 3,500 mAh instead of 3,000, and a 0.4-inch larger screen.

Other innovations of this cell phone were the Exynos 8890 processor of 10 nanometers and eight cores, the Bixby virtual assistant, improvements in the cameras and Samsung DeX, a function that allows you to use the phone as if it were a desktop computer, connecting a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse.

Samsung Galaxy S9

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In 2018, Samsung took everything criticized about the previous phone—such as the fingerprint sensor on the Plus version being difficult to reach and other software issues—and launched the Galaxy S9 and S9+, a pair of phones loved by fans. of the South Korean company.

This cell phone also came with a design that included even smaller screen margins, which allowed a panel of the same size to be included in less space. But that was not all, the cameras also improved and integrated a variable aperture system, which was reflected in better photographs in environments with limited lighting. In addition, the S9 + was the first in the line to integrate a dual photographic system on its back.

Galaxy S10

2019 arrived. The panorama placed Xiaomi and Huawei closer than ever to stealing leadership among South Korean phone companies, but Samsung knew how to stand out by perfecting its new terminal.

On the design side, the margins surrounding the screen of the phones have been further reduced in relation to the previous mobile. In addition, it integrated the camera for selfies inside the screen, drilling the 6.1 or 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel, which is known as “Infinity-O Display”.

The Galaxy S10 also innovated with an ultrasonic fingerprint reader located under the glass of the screen, an 8 nanometer processor with a neural processing unit for the most demanding tasks (integrating technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning) and three cameras. In the back.

The difference between the standard version and the Plus is that the latter has a main 10-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor, but both allowed video recording with the front camera in 4K, for the first time in the company.

Galaxy S20

In 2020, Samsung added another division to its family of Galaxy S phones: the Ultra. This was the first cell phone model to hit the market with 16 GB of RAM. On the other hand, the entire series was launched being compatible with the 5G SA and NSA networks, thanks to the Exynos 990 processor that it includes inside.

The Galaxy S20 also brought a high refresh rate display (120Hz) and the ability to record 8K video for the first time. Likewise, the cameras improved, with three rear lenses of 12, 64 and 12 megapixels in the Galaxy S20 and S20 +, although the latter also had an additional ToF camera. On the other hand, the Ultra model was the most attractive, integrating four 108, 48 and 12 megapixel sensors and a ToF camera.

Galaxy S21

Galaxy S21 phone with the Bixby screen.
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Following up on its feat from last year, in 2021 Samsung launched three models: S21, S21+ and S21 Ultra. The latter is the first Galaxy S to support the S-Pen stylus, though it must be purchased separately to use it (unlike the Note line of phones). The stylus uses Wacom technology, so the accessory does not have a battery that needs to be recharged.

There were also changes to the design of the phone in the Galaxy S21, giving prominence to the rear cameras. To do this, the company integrated the cameras into a metal module that is attached to the bezel that surrounds the phone.

Finally, the company made the standard model more affordable in exchange for some details. For example, the S21 lacks Ultra Wide Band technology and its back is made of plastic, while the Plus and Ultra models are made of glass.

Now we have to wait for what news the Samsung Galaxy S22 will have this week. The company has yet to reveal any spec information, but Samsung is likely to unveil three phones: Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra.

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