From Galaxy S to Galaxy S20, here's a timeline of Samsung's flagship Android phones in pictures

Samsung continues to be one of the most popular phone manufacturers in the world, and with good reason. Galaxy's flagship smartphones often pack the greatest technology, innovative designs, and easy-to-use features that users love.

With the Samsung Galaxy S20 series now officially and soon on store shelves, we thought it was a great opportunity to reflect on the history of the galaxy with appliances, all the way down to the latest Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 ultra tubes.

So scan the phone below and see how Samsung has changed its design philosophy as technology has improved.

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Samsung Galaxy S

First released in June 2010, the Samsung Galaxy S ran on Android 2.1 and had an 800 x 480 super AMOLED display. It also has a single-core processor with a frequency of 1 GHz and 0.5 GB of RAM.

The rear camera is 5 megapixels and the front one is only 0.3 megapixels. The thing that really stood out was Android's customization. While we've seen some of TouchWiz from other devices, it felt like it worked on Galaxy S.

  • Samsung Galaxy S review

Samsung Galaxy S2

Also known as the Samsung Galaxy S II, the refreshed phone was released in April 2011 and sported a similar 800 x 480 screen as its predecessor. The processor got bumped up to dual-core and 1,2GHz, and there was 0.75GB of RAM.

The rear camera is 8 megapixels, this time, with a 2 megapixel front camera. Samsung embraced widgets with the Galaxy S II that rival HTC had to take apart.

  • Samsung Galaxy S2 review

Samsung Galaxy C3

Again staying with Roman numerals, therefore technically known as the Samsung Galaxy S III, This model came out back in May 2012 and was the first in the series to have an HD screen. Its 1280 x 720 resolution was quite revolutionary at the time. He also wore Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

There was a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM at launch, though Samsung stuck with an 8MP rear camera. It was a little more sculpted than the previous phone, and it felt like Samsung wanted to push the design a little harder.

  • Samsung Galaxy S3 review

Samsung Galaxy S4

Released in April 2013 and ditching the Roman numerals that no one uses when it comes to galaxy phones anyway, the C4 has a 5-inch Full HD display. It also upgraded the processing power of 1,9GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM.

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The rear camera was a bump too, up to 13-megapixels. In terms of design, what we'd have from the S3 really came from here: The Galaxy S4 was a great phone, it just looked and felt good.

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 review

Samsung Galaxy S5

Coming in April 2014, the C5 also featured a full HD screen, but it was slightly larger, measuring 5.1 inches (the LTE model's network eventually bumped up to 2560 x 1440).

There was a 2,5GHz quad-core processor on board, with 2GB of RAM. And the rear view camera has been improved again, with a 16-megapixel module. But the most interesting thing about the Galaxy S5 pro was around the back, with a texture like a band-aid. Samsung is still using removable plastic backs at this time.

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 review

Samsung Galaxy S6

The Galaxy S line in April 2015 was the first to offer two separate devices at the same time. The larger standard Galaxy S6 featured a flat 2560 x 1440 Quad HD super AMOLED display, measuring 5.1 inches, while Samsung moved to embrace the curved edges, bringing the Galaxy S6 edge (below) and S6 edge+. It was a defining moment for the Galaxy S line, in what continues after that.

It ran on a Samsung-made octa-core processor, had 3GB of RAM and a 16-megapixel rear camera capable of recording Ultra HD footage. A 5 megapixel camera has been taken to the front.

  • Review of Samsung Galaxy S6

samsung galaxy s6 edge

Like its sibling, also released in April 2015, the Galaxy S6 Edge has a 5.1-inch Quad HD screen, an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 16MP rear camera, and a 5MP front camera.

Where it differed was that the sides of the display were curved and wrap around to give the illusion of no bezel - a radical option at the time.

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge review

Samsung Galaxy S7

The Galaxy S7 was announced in February 2016 and came with a 5.1 inch QHD display (2560 x 1440).

Like the S6 before it, it was a flat-screen TV version of the model, but added a dual pixel, 12-megapixel camera for better low-light shooting and a faster octa-core processor.

Samsung Pay has been enabled on the phone, which can work through NFC and magnetic stripe systems.

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 comment

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

The Galaxy S7 Edge has been a true flagship phone in every way. It too was announced in February 2016, and its 5,5-inch dual-edge QHD display was just gorgeous.

All the same features that the S7 had on board and the design was slightly rounder than the S6's edges that had preceded it.

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review

Samsung Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was the first to introduce an infinity display, which referred to the fact it was an edge-to-edge display with virtually no bezels at the top and bottom. The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back, but the cut in those bezels is what really stood out.

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Although there was a second option in the S8+ that came with a bigger screen and a better battery, the standard Galaxy S8 came with curved edges as standard.

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 comment


Samsung Galaxy S9

On the surface, the C9 looked very similar to the C8 from 2017. The phone still offered that curved edge design and came with a 5,8-inch OLED screen size and again, water resistant.

The Galaxy S9 also offered AR emoji, allowing you to create a 3D avatar by scanning your face and creating a range of custom emoji for you. They can be used to chat in whatsapp or facebook messenger for example, rather than using basic emoticons.

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ also launched alongside the S9 offering a dual-aperture main camera, which is a step up from the previous year.

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 comment

Samsung Galaxy S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10 launched alongside the larger S10+, the more affordable S10e and the 5G capable model.

Samsung's 2019 flagship featured many of the same design aspects we've grown to know and love. There have also been some improvements to this model which included leading notions like an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

Triple-camera surveillance, smart auto-cameras and wireless reverse charge is another flagship beat. It also had a camera punch on the front.

  • Samsung Galaxy S10 review

Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung's flagship phone for 2020 is the Samsung Galaxy S20. There are also more premium options in the S20+ and S20 Ultra (below).

The standard handset adopts new Infinity display concepts - almost completely eliminating the bezel. It also switches the punch hole of the anterior chamber in the center. The screen sizes of the S20 and S20+ are 6.2 and 6.7 inches, respectively, with HD+ quad (3200 x 1440) resolution. They also have in-display fingerprint scanners like their S10 predecessors.

Perhaps the biggest generational leap comes with a bumper up to 120Hz refresh rate for each screen, with a triple camera lens on both, with the S20+ also getting a time-of-flight camera. Both phones support 5G, with the C20 4G version also available.

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 initial review

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

The daddy of the 2020 range, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has a mammoth screen - 6.9-inch, quad-core HD+ (3200 x 1440 pixels) and a 120Hz refresh rate, but it's arguably best remembered in design terms for its huge camera unit on the back .

As well as a time-of-flight sensor, ultra sports 108 megapixel main, 48 megapixel 10x telephoto and 12 megapixel ultra wide cameras. It's also capable of up to 100x "cosmic scale" for some stunning long range shooting. Just make sure you pack a tripod.

  • Samsung Galaxy S20 ultra initial review
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