The Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge are now officially available in Dubai and across the Gulf, with Samsung Electronics Gulf ensuring the devices are well-stocked at all major retailers and telecom operators.
But as you look at the latest range of Galaxy smartphones, do you remember what it looked like six years ago, when the first Galaxy S series smartphone was unveiled?
Even as its latest Galaxy series smartphones look all-premium with 3D glass and metal, the first one was definitely ‘proudly plastic’.
From the Galaxy S that first launched in 2010, to this year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, a look at the smartphone that has helped Samsung become a household name.
The first Galaxy S smartphone was announced in March 2010, and with its Super Amoled display and 0.5GB of RAM – yes, that was supposed to be ‘groundbreaking’ at the time.
So much, in fact, that Time magazine ranked it the #2 device in the Top 10 Gadget List of 2010.
When the Galaxy S was released, it was the thinnest smartphone on the market at 9.9mm. Compare that with the just launched S7 edge, which is 7.7mm thin.
Galaxy S II
When the Galaxy S II was announced in February 2011, it was all the rave for being ‘so slim’ – at 8.49mm.
It was one of the first smartphones to offer a Mobile High-definition Link (MHL), allowing up to 1080p uncompressed video output to MHL enabled TVs, making it easier than ever before for users to share videos with friends and family.
Launched with Android 2.3 “Gingerbread”, the Galaxy S II was able to update all the way to Android 4.1.2 “Jelly Bean”.
Galaxy S III
The Galaxy S III was unveiled in May 2012, and had a different shape – with rounded edges. Samsung promoted it with the slogan ‘Designed for humans, inspired by nature’, and the S III landed many a laurels for the best smartphone of 2012.
Taking a cue from arch-rival Apple, the SIII was developed under strict secrecy, and boasted a range of smart features including S Voice, the pre-loaded voice command application.
First shown at the Samsung Mobile Unpacked in New York City in March 2013, the Samsung S4 was reminiscent of its predecessor, the S III, but saw both upgraded hardware and software components.
Gimmicks like ‘smart scroll’ and ‘air view/air gestures’ were introduced for the first time, but fell largely flat, along with Samsung’s sales figures.
Here’s our video of the Dubai first day sales:
Samsung described it as a ‘Life Companion’, and the phone’s software was enhanced to make it intuitive.
The S5 was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February 2014, introducing a textured rear cover for improved grip, as well as IP67 certification for dust and water resistance.
The device evolved the design featured in the S4, and introduced a swipe-based fingerprint scanner for increased security.
Here’s the video of the Unpacked 2014 event:
Galaxy S6 / S6 edge
The S6 devices carried a complete redesign from the S5. Gone was the plastic casing, and the new glass and metal devices felt more premium than ever.
Samsung decided to go big with the displays this time around, bringing out 5.7-inch screens for both the new phablets.
The firm managed to include some ‘killer’ features to counter the runaway success of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but the sales growth wasn’t nearly as spectacular as that of its arch-rival’s.
Galaxy S7 / S7 edge
Finally, Samsung has now made available the latest iterations of its flagship phones.
The new smartphones are available in the region now, and come pre-loaded with the Galaxy Entertainer application, which will present users with more than 1,000 ‘buy 1 get 1 free’ offers.
Among the most striking features of the new Galaxy phones is their camera, with the new phones the first to include a dual pixel autofocus technology.
The 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 and 5.5-inch Galaxy S7 edge are constructed with metal and 3D glass (produced using Samsung’s 3D thermoforming technique), and come with an Always-On feature, which allows users to check relevant notifications with zero-touch – i.e., without the need to wake up the screen.