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Samsung Galaxy Note: Nothing like revisiting the original

by Brandon Russell | July 30, 2016July 30, 2016 8:00 am PST

On August 2, Samsung will hold an event in New York City for its Galaxy Note 7, the next entry in its productivity-focused smartphone family. Before we learn about what the future holds for the Note lineup, we thought it’d be fun to travel back in time and revisit the first device, the Galaxy Note, which came out in 2011.

Over 10 million Galaxy Note units were sold less than a year after its initial launch, proving consumers were very much interested in the larger form factor. At the time, the Note was monstrous, standing 146.85 mm tall and 82.95 mm wide; it loomed over the competition with a downright ludicrous 5.3-inch screen. Times have certainly changed since then.

Some of the other key specs include an 8-megapixel camera, Exynos 4 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2500mAh battery.

Today, the Galaxy Note’s gargantuan size is pretty normal; the Note 5, for example, carriers a screen that’s 5.7 inches, and it’s very likely the upcoming model, Galaxy Note 7, will come with a screen of similar size. The funny thing is these devices no longer feel big, which wasn’t the case only a few years ago.

Samsung has introduced measured refinements to the Note lineup over the years, with many features focused on improving the S Pen’s capabilities. We’re expecting the S Pen to once again be the focus when the Note 7 is introduced next week, although the device is rumored to get a host of other big features, too, such as an iris scanner.

Do you guys have any fond memories of the Galaxy Note? It was certainly divisive when it launched, but it has become among the most popular handsets because of its productivity features, all thanks to the S Pen. We’ll learn more about the next member of the Note family at Samsung’s event on Aug. 2.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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