It has only been 4 years since the original phablet was introduced: A brief look back at the Samsung Galaxy Note

[df-subtitle]Four years ago this month, Samsung introduced the first phablet with the Samsung Galaxy Note.[/df-subtitle]


In January of 2012, Samsung truly brought us the Next Big Thing with the first Galaxy Note. And big it was with a game changing 5.3″ display.

Without a doubt the dominant smartphone in late 2012 was the iPhone 4s. And it was a great phone, but it had a 3.5″ display! When I think back to the iPhone 4s, I still can’t believe it was just four years ago that I was using that phone. With nothing to lose, Samsung released an experiment in the U.S. at CES 2012, with the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The large 5.3″ display was something mainstream smartphones had not seen before. Many reviewers at the time balked and laughed at the large screen – many people judge too quickly. But customers knew what they wanted. By August of 2012, Samsung had sold over 10 million Galaxy Note smartphones.

In just four fast years, almost all of the major phone manufacturers have large smartphones flagships over 5.3″. And they all owe the size change to Samsung’s willingness to try something radically different.


Notable 5.5-5.7 inch flagships that have followed in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy Note

  • Apple iPhone 6S plus
  • Huawei Google Nexus 6P
  • Motorola Google Nexus 6
  • Motorola Moto X Pure
  • LG G4
  • LG V10
  • Sony Xperia Z5
  • Blackberry Priv
  • Microsoft Lumia 950XL

If you love your large smartphones you need to know who pioneered the large displays, and it was Samsung. The original Samsung Galaxy Note truly changed the design of modern devices. The larger display not only allowed for us to see our screens much more easily, but it also allowed for us to consume videos and online content in a much more pleasurable way. It became much easier to write longer emails, edit documents, read books, and to do online research.

It’s time to pay homage to the original king of display size by adding it to the Smartphone Hall of Fame, the Samsung Galaxy Note.

Thank you Samsung.

From the Galaxy Note website from 2012.

Galaxy Note Story

Galaxy Note is

A new type of smartphone, borne of insight and innovation.
It is the ultimate on-the-go device which consolidates core benefits of diverse mobile devices
while maintaining smartphone portability.
It empowers you with everything you can ever desire so that you can simply, feel free. It is truly smart.
Consumer research indicates that people always want to do more tasks much better, even on the go, whether it is web browsing, email, games, or viewing photos and videos.
To do all this, consumers carry multiple devices, because each device has unique benefits that work best in a particular situation. Therefore, consumers constantly switch devices to use the right device at the right time.
Even for consumers with multiple smart devices, they still carry around a notepad for writing down ideas.
There is an emerging desire for a primary device for on-the-go use that could consolidate the core tasks of multiple devices as well as recreate the ease and simplicity of using a pen and paper.
The GALAXY Note was created to reflect your desires. The Galaxy Note is a primary device that will minimize the need to switch to other devices while on the go and open up the potential of your mobile experience.

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