Looking back at all Galaxy Notes as Samsung gears up for Note 20

Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 20 series at its Unpacked event on August 5. This will be Samsung’s 10th Galaxy Note smartphone. This year’s Galaxy Note 20 series is expected to feature the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The new Note series will come with notable upgrades and improvements. But one thing Samsung continues to maintain is the stylus (S Pen) and phablet experience. Ahead of the Galaxy Note 20 launch, we take a look at all the Galaxy Note smartphones launched since the first one.

The first Galaxy Note smartphone was launched in 2011 at IFA Berlin. It has a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display, and runs on Exynos 4210 dual-core chipset. The Galaxy Note launched with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread and was upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Gingerbread. It also ran the old TouchWiz UI 4. Galaxy Note paved the way for phablets - a cross between smartphones and tablets.
01/09 The first Galaxy Note smartphone was launched in 2011 at IFA Berlin. It has a 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display, and runs on Exynos 4210 dual-core chipset. The Galaxy Note launched with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread and was upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Gingerbread. It also ran the old TouchWiz UI 4. Galaxy Note paved the way for phablets - a cross between smartphones and tablets. (Samsung)
Galaxy Note 2 was announced the next year in August. The screen was bigger with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, and it came with 2GB of RAM. Galaxy note 20’s specs include a quad-core Exynos processor, up to 64GB of storage, 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel selfie camera. It also packed a 3,100mAh removable battery with fast charging.
02/09 Galaxy Note 2 was announced the next year in August. The screen was bigger with a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, and it came with 2GB of RAM. Galaxy note 20’s specs include a quad-core Exynos processor, up to 64GB of storage, 8-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel selfie camera. It also packed a 3,100mAh removable battery with fast charging. (Samsung)
With the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung introduced a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 variant along with an Exynos one. On the Galaxy Note 3, you get a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 4.3 with TouchWiz and 13-megapixel rear camera. The selfie camera is the same 2-megapixel sensor, and it also comes with 2GB of RAM.
03/09 With the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung introduced a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 variant along with an Exynos one. On the Galaxy Note 3, you get a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, Android 4.3 with TouchWiz and 13-megapixel rear camera. The selfie camera is the same 2-megapixel sensor, and it also comes with 2GB of RAM. (Samsung)
The camera department was improved on the Galaxy Note 4 with a 3.7-megapixel selfie camera, and a 16-megapixel rear camera. It’s the same 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Note 4 but with QHD resolution. The smartphone packs an Exynos 7 octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
04/09 The camera department was improved on the Galaxy Note 4 with a 3.7-megapixel selfie camera, and a 16-megapixel rear camera. It’s the same 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display on the Galaxy Note 4 but with QHD resolution. The smartphone packs an Exynos 7 octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. (Samsung)
Galaxy Note 5 looks quite like the Galaxy Note 4 but it offers a cleaner finish especially with the rear camera. In terms of specs, Galaxy Note 5 comes with the Exynos 7 octa-core chipset, 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage which is expandable up to 128GB. The phone launched with Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box.
05/09 Galaxy Note 5 looks quite like the Galaxy Note 4 but it offers a cleaner finish especially with the rear camera. In terms of specs, Galaxy Note 5 comes with the Exynos 7 octa-core chipset, 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage which is expandable up to 128GB. The phone launched with Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. (Samsung)
Instead of launching what should have been Galaxy Note 6, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7. This was to coincide with the Galaxy S7 series which also launched the same year. Samsung did not want the Note 6 to seem like an inferior phone based on the numbering. The Galaxy Note 7 will however be known more for its explosion fiasco. Many Galaxy Note 7 users experienced the phone heating up and some even blowing up.
06/09 Instead of launching what should have been Galaxy Note 6, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 7. This was to coincide with the Galaxy S7 series which also launched the same year. Samsung did not want the Note 6 to seem like an inferior phone based on the numbering. The Galaxy Note 7 will however be known more for its explosion fiasco. Many Galaxy Note 7 users experienced the phone heating up and some even blowing up. (Samsung)
The Galaxy Note 8 offered a more premium-looking and still looks pretty good even now. It has a tall 6.3-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display, dual rear cameras and 6GB of RAM. The phone offers up to 256GB of internal storage. Galaxy Note 8 launched with Android Nougat out-of-the-box.
07/09 The Galaxy Note 8 offered a more premium-looking and still looks pretty good even now. It has a tall 6.3-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display, dual rear cameras and 6GB of RAM. The phone offers up to 256GB of internal storage. Galaxy Note 8 launched with Android Nougat out-of-the-box. (Samsung)
Galaxy Note 9 carried on the Galaxy Note 8’s design with a tall curved display, and a rear fingerprint sensor. Galaxy Note 9 has a dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup, 4,000mAh battery and 6GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 128GB of storage which is expandable up to 512GB. Galaxy Note 9 also debuted the new Bluetooth-enabled S Pen.
08/09 Galaxy Note 9 carried on the Galaxy Note 8’s design with a tall curved display, and a rear fingerprint sensor. Galaxy Note 9 has a dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup, 4,000mAh battery and 6GB of RAM. The smartphone offers 128GB of storage which is expandable up to 512GB. Galaxy Note 9 also debuted the new Bluetooth-enabled S Pen. (Samsung)
The Galaxy Note 10 launched with another high-end variant that’s the Galaxy Note 10+. Samsung also moved to the punch-hole design with the Galaxy Note 10. It’s the biggest 6.3-inch screen on a Note so far. The regular Galaxy Note 10 has a 6.3-inch display. The smartphone has four rear cameras, and 12GB of RAM.
09/09 The Galaxy Note 10 launched with another high-end variant that’s the Galaxy Note 10+. Samsung also moved to the punch-hole design with the Galaxy Note 10. It’s the biggest 6.3-inch screen on a Note so far. The regular Galaxy Note 10 has a 6.3-inch display. The smartphone has four rear cameras, and 12GB of RAM. (Samsung)