They say that 1 cat year is equivalent to 15 human years. But here in the world of smartphones, a single human year can bring decades worth of advancements. In an increasingly competitive world of smartphones, not all brands have managed to survive. Samsung, the harbinger of innovation in modern day smartphones, has not only managed to survive, but it has also redefined and reimagined what smartphones can be and do. On the occasion of Samsung’s 10th anniversary of their flagship Galaxy S series, we look back and see how Samsung has changed the world of smartphones, one step at a time.

1) Big Screens

In 2011, Samsung released its first ever phone in the now famed Note series. In a time where the average screen size of smartphones was not more than 4 inches, the Galaxy Note had a massive screen size of 5.3-inches. While it was a big gamble then, we all know how it turned out! Today, knowing the benefits of having a larger screen, it’s almost impossible to find a smartphone with a screen size of less than 5 inches. Like this article? Also read: Here's 10 reasons why the newly launched S10 series deserves your attention  

2) Variable Aperture

Samsung’s S series has always been at the forefront of smartphone imaging. To further improve its image quality in low-light scenarios Samsung introduced a variable aperture to the primary camera sensor of the S9, which was nothing short of an engineering marvel! A variable aperture works like an eye and widens/narrows aperture blades to control the light that enters into the camera lens.  

3) Multitasking Much!

Google’s Android operating system didn’t always support multitasking. Years before Google officially unveiled multitasking features like split-screen multitasking and floating windows, Samsung showed the world how to multitask on the go. Samsung was one of the first smartphones to feature split-screen multitasking and pop-up windows, features, which are indispensable to many around the world today.  

4) Curved Screens

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge was the world’s first phone to have a curved screen on one side. The curve on the phone or the Edge panel (as Samsung called it) acted as a secondary and an independent display to help you access your favourite apps and actions, much quicker. The Edge on the Note paved the way for the Infinity displays that had curves on both sides and helped increase the size of the screen without actually increasing the size of the smartphone.  

5) LTE on Mobile

The proliferation of smartphones in our daily lives has increased the consumption of the internet. With apps and media getting more data-intensive, the use of LTE networks has become indispensable. But while the LTE/4G data wave only really hit India in about 2016, you’ll be surprised to know that the first 4G-enabled phone was released by Samsung about 10 years ago in 2009. Samsung also was the first company to launch a 4G-enabled smartphone; the Galaxy SII. Like this article? Also read: Spring Summer '19: Get Your Holiday Mode On

6) S-Pen

With the launch of the Note series, Samsung reimagined what a stylus could do. The original S-Pen distinguished itself from the regular styluses by being pressure sensitive. Being pressure sensitive, the S Pen along with S Notes enabled recording all types of ideas instantly and freely, just like one would with pencil and paper. With every next iteration in the Note series, Samsung improved the S Pen to make it more robust, feature-rich and intuitive. Today, Samsung is the only top-tier OEM to make a phone with a stylus and do it so well.  

7) Iris Scanning

With increasing reliance on our smartphones for both our personal and work life, it’s utterly important for a phone to securely contain all our information. Samsung, apart from providing a fingerprint sensor, introduced its Iris Scanning technology with the Galaxy Note 7. While Iris Scanning did exist before, Samsung perfected its use and integrated it well within the Samsung UI. Iris Scanning is used to securely access files and apps as well as to securely log in to your accounts via Samsung Pass.  

8) Display Technology

Samsung has always been at the forefront of manufacturing class-leading mobile displays. Starting with the Super AMOLED display in the Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung has continuously pushed the boundaries by bumping up display resolution and improving colour accuracy, brightness and sharpness. In fact, Samsung displays are so good that it's arch rival Apple also sources it's iPhone displays from them! Samsung recently upped its game by releasing the world’s first dynamic AMOLED display on its Galaxy S10 series.  

9) Quad-Camera Prowess

Smartphone cameras have improved tremendously, thanks to rapid advancements in both hardware (lens) and software (post-processing). The Samsung Galaxy A9 was the world’s first phone with a quad-camera setup. The combination of a regular, wide-angle, telephoto and a depth-mapping sensor made the A9 a reliable and capable camera for almost any situation. The benefits of having more cameras were pretty obvious and multi-camera setups on phones are only increasing now.  

10) Foldable Phone

Image Courtesy: Samsung Galaxy Fold

Foldable phones have been a dream to achieve ever since Samsung teased a foldable phone-cum-tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2013. The idea was to develop a phone that can open up to be a tablet when needed. But manufacturing a flexible display was only one of the several other engineering challenges that Samsung had to face in making the concept a reality. But Samsung came through. Samsung realised the dream of making a foldable smartphone by recently unveiling the Galaxy Fold to the world. Like this article? Also read: How The MacBook Air Changed The World Of Laptops Forever Image Courtesy: Shutterstock.com  

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