A Look Back at the Evolution of Samsung Galaxy S Series

Having officially announced their latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S8, there has been great excitement surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S series this past week. From the modest 4″ screen with its 800x480px resolution of the original Galaxy S to the S8’s 5.8″ Infinity Display, there has now been eight iterations of the Galaxy S, one of the most popular smartphones of our generation.

I won’t go as far as to say I’m a fanboy of the model, but I’ve had my fair share of Galaxy devices over the years, which includes the first five Galaxy S units before switching to the Note in 2015. The Samsung Galaxy S8 definitely is one of the top five smartphones to feature on that list.

A Look Back at the Evolution of Samsung Galaxy S Series

But before I get my hands on the new device, and share my thoughts, opinions and criticisms of the S8 in an upcoming review, we take a quick look back at the brand since the first Galaxy S launched in June 2010.

Samsung Galaxy S

  • Android Version (original): 2.1 Eclair
  • CPU: Single-Core 1.0GHz Cortex-A8
  • Screen: 4″, 480x800px
  • Camera: 5MP rear-facing, 0.3MP front-facing
  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 1500mAh

Samsung Galaxy S II

  • Android Version (original): 2.3.4 Gingerbread
  • CPU: Dual-Core 1.2GHz Cortex-A9
  • Screen: 4.3″, 480x800px
  • Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 2MP front-facing
  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 1650mAh

Samsung Galaxy S III

  • Android Version (original): 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • CPU: Quad-Core 1.4GHz Cortex-A9
  • Screen: 4.8″, 720x1280px
  • Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 1.9MP front-facing
  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 2100mAh

Samsung Galaxy S4

  • Android Version (original): 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • CPU: Octa-core 4×1.6GHz Cortex-A15 and 4×1.2GHz Cortex-A7
  • Screen: 5″, 1080x1920px
  • Camera: 13MP rear-facing, 2MP front-facing
  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 2600mAh

Samsung Galaxy S5

  • Android Version (original): 4.4.2 KitKat
  • CPU: Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
  • Screen: 5.1″, 1080x1920px
  • Camera: 16MP rear-facing, 2MP front-facing
  • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 2800mAh

Samsung Galaxy S6

  • Android Version (original): 5.0.2 Lollipop
  • CPU: Octa-core 4×2.1GHz Cortex-A57 and 4×1.5GHz Cortex-A53
  • Screen: 5.1″, 1440x2560px
  • Camera: 16MP rear-facing, 5MP front-facing
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2550mAh

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • Android Version (original): 6.0 Marshmallow
  • CPU: Octa-core 4×2.3GHz Mongoose and 4×1.6GHz Cortex-A53
  • Screen: 5.1″, 1440x2560px
  • Camera: 12MP rear-facing, 5MP front-facing
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000mAh

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • Android Version (original): 7.0.1 Nougat
  • CPU: Octa-core 4×2.3GHz ans 4×1.7GHz
  • Screen: 5.8″, 1440x2960px
  • Camera: 12MP rear-facing, 8MP front-facing
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000mAh

In addition, I’ve added the official infographic, which compares last year’s Galaxy S7 to the new Galaxy S8.


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