What is Galaxy Note?

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Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope

Initially released in 2011, Galaxy Note is a series of Android smartphones from Samsung. The phones are similar to the Galaxy S series, but have larger displays, higher specifications, and more features, including a stylus called the S-Pen.

Versions of the Galaxy Note

  • Galaxy Note – Released in 2011, the first Galaxy Note had a plastic backing, 1 GB RAM, 16-32 GB storage, and a 5.3-inch display, which was massive at the time of its release.
  • Galaxy Note II – Released in 2012, the Galaxy Note 2 had 2 GB RAM, a 5.55-inch display, and up to 64 GB storage.
  • Galaxy Note 3, and Note 3 Neo – Released in 2013, the Galaxy Note 3 had a leather and plastic design, and a 5.7-inch display. It had a 1080p Super AMOLED display, and many features to enhance the functionality of the S-Pen. The Galaxy 3 Note Neo was a lower end, more affordable version of the phone.
  • Galaxy Note 4 – Released in 2014, the Galaxy Note 4 featured a fingerprint reader, 3 GB RAM, and a 5.7-inch, 1440p Super AMOLED display.
  • Galaxy Note Edge – Released in 2014 alongside the Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge was a version of the Note 4 that featured a curved edge around the right side to add additional screen functionality.
  • Galaxy Note 5 – Released in 2015, the Galaxy Note 5 had 4 GB RAM, and was the first phone in the series to not have a removable battery or expandable storage.
  • Galaxy Note 7 – Released in 2016, the Galaxy Note 7 adopted USB-C for charging, rather than micro USB. This phone, due to manufacturing issues, was prone to dangerous problems such as overheating, and even explosions. The phone was recalled, and manufacturing was stopped shortly after release. The Galaxy Note 6 was skipped to align the phones with the Galaxy S series.
  • Galaxy Note 8 – Released in 2017, the Galaxy Note 8 had a second 12 MP camera added to the back of the phone, and a 6.32-inch Super AMOLED display. The phone had 6 GB RAM, and a dedicated button for Samsung’s voice assistant, Bixby.
  • Galaxy Note 9 – Released in 2018, the Galaxy Note 9 had a 6.4-inch display and new features for the S-Pen that allow users to control apps on the phone. The phone featured up to 8 GB RAM, and up to 512 GB storage.

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