Remembering the original Samsung Galaxy S: Setting the bar


Samsung’s original Galaxy S smartphone wasn’t necessarily a huge leap forward for Android phones, but it struck gold anyway.

Samsung probably didn’t know it at the time, but the Samsung Galaxy S – the 2010 original – would come to define its smartphone business for more than a decade. Combining top specifications with a solid design gave the Galaxy S an edge over competing Android phones of the day, which was a mish-mash of clunkers. Android hardware and software were still finding their feet, and the Galaxy S gave Samsung a platform on which to stand. And stand up it did.

The Samsung Galaxy S was not a single phone. In fact, it was a whole family of phones with different versions spread among carriers around the world. There were at least four variants in the US alone, one each for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon – and the differences were striking. For example, the Sprint version, called the Samsung Epic 4G, had a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and 4G, where the other models did not.

Let’s refresh your memory about the Samsung Galaxy S.

Galaxy S at its core

The 4-inch Super AMOLED display defined the Galaxy S experience. It was one of the largest screens available in 2010, and it impressed with its 800 x 480 resolution. Some may have complained about the screen’s PenTile technology, but it was brighter, more colorful, and more contrasting than the LCD panels on competing phones. In addition, it had Gorilla Glass, which was another luxury in 2010. Due to supply issues, some variants of the phone shipped with an LCD screen. Which was known as Samsung Galaxy SL.

Then there was the processor. The phone had a 1GHz “Hummingbird” chip (ARM Cortex-A8 Exynos 3110), 512MB of RAM, and either 8GB or 16GB of storage. Few phones of the time had such a fast processor or such powerful graphics performance. The Hummingbird was built on a 45nm process. Today’s flagships have processors built on the 5nm process.

Samsung gave the Galaxy S a 5MP camera. Some models had a 1.3MP user-facing selfie camera, and some didn’t. The camera was solid, as was the app for shooting photos.

TouchWiz 3.0 defined the software experience. It was built on Android 2.1 Eclair and included seven home screens, widgets and even social networking feeds such as MySpace.

The hardware itself was quite compact and usable. It has got clutch features like microSD card support (up to 32GB) and headphone jack. It was “skinny” at 9.9mm.

It sold for $399, a price low by today’s standards.

Critical reception

The Samsung Galaxy S was generally well-liked by the tech press. Media outlets praised the display, camera and two days of battery life. There was another important metric by which the phone was measured. sales.

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Samsung began global sales of the Galaxy S in Singapore on 4 June 2010. People lined up to get phones, and Samsung said its carrier partner had run out of devices by the end of the first weekend. Samsung sold 24 million Galaxy S phones, with over 10 million sold during the first seven months of availability. It was a real hit. Few other phones of the time were just as popular.

The strong consumer response prompted Samsung to make sequel after sequel. samsung hit hundred crore This allowed it to surpass Nokia as the world’s largest seller of mobile phones – in device shipments by the time the Galaxy III rolled out in 2012.

The original S was not without its problems. The sheer number of variants caused confusion in the market, and a nasty GPS bug affected the phone’s ability to quickly locate users. Despite these shortcomings, the S made its way to the market and set the standard for Android flagships.

Samsung’s success later led to another world-defining smartphone, the Galaxy Note.

cap tip

Phones wouldn’t be where they are without Samsung, and Samsung wouldn’t be where it is without the Galaxy S. The latest entry in the Galaxy S line, the S21, is a world-leading piece of hardware that phone makers around the world are trying to beat.

so we android authorization Happy 11th birthday to the Samsung Galaxy S and a tip from our collective hats.

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