What started as a humble trading company in 1938 is now one of the biggest conglomerates on the planet. Samsung is best known for its smartphones, tablets and consumer electronics devices yet the conglomerate is very diversified. It entered the electronics market back in the 1960s and has achieved great success since.
It wasn’t until 2009 that Samsung started competing in the mobile market. The humble Samsung Galaxy was the first smartphone that it released back in 2009. Little did the world know that it would be the start of a revolution in the market. Samsung kept releasing new models in subsequent years and eventually introduced the first Samsung Galaxy Note in 2011. It was an unusual device for the time as many felt that its 5.3-inch display was too big and that the S Pen stylus wasn’t necessary.
The Galaxy Note series proved the critics wrong. It’s one of Samsung’s most valuable smartphone lineups with tens of millions of dedicated customers. Samsung can also be credited with pushing the market to adopt larger displays as it was a major reason why customers bought Galaxy Note handsets.
Its rivals took notice and the display size has gradually increased since. It’s hard to imagine a flagship smartphone now with a display of under 6-inches. The Galaxy Note series is still going strong, a testament to Samsung’s innovative spirit.
Samsung has considerably expanded its smartphone lineups since then. It caters to all segments of the market. The new Galaxy M series is sold online-only and is very competitively priced while the Galaxy A series has become Samsung’s testing ground for new technologies.
Ten years later, Samsung is looking to break new ground in 2019 with its first foldable smartphone. The Galaxy Fold might just define the next decade of smartphone design and Samsung will certainly be at the forefront of it.
Samsung has also released countless tablets, wearable devices and smart home devices, rounding out a complete ecosystem which also includes consumer electronics products like smart TVs.
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Samsung’s core smartphone lineup is primarily divided into four core series. It launches flagship smartphones as part of its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lineups. Premium mid-range and mid-range devices are launched as part of the Galaxy A series. The Galaxy M lineup of entry-level devices has largely been limited to India. All of Samsung’s recent handsets in these series are listed below. It also includes the Galaxy Xcover series of rugged smartphones that Samsung refreshes annually.
Galaxy S series
- Galaxy S8
- Galaxy S8+
- Galaxy S9
- Galaxy S9+
- Galaxy S10
- Galaxy S10e
- Galaxy S10+
- Galaxy S10 Lite
- Galaxy S20
- Galaxy S20+
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
Galaxy Note series
Galaxy A series
- Galaxy A01
- Galaxy A10
- Galaxy A10s
- Galaxy A20
- Galaxy A20e
- Galaxy A30
- Galaxy A30s
- Galaxy A40
- Galaxy A40s
- Galaxy A50
- Galaxy A50s
- Galaxy A51
- Galaxy A60
- Galaxy A70
- Galaxy A71
- Galaxy A80
- Galaxy A90 5G
Galaxy M series
Galaxy Xcover series
The Galaxy Fold was Samsung’s first foldable smartphone and it was released in 2019. Samsung followed it up with the Galaxy Z Flip in 2020. That’s also when it brought the Galaxy Fold under the Galaxy Z series, thereby highlighting the fact that future foldable smartphones may also be released as part of this series. Samsung has only released two foldable smartphones so far but it’s going to launch many more in the future.
Galaxy Z series
Samsung is one of the few Android OEMs still competing in the Android tablet market. The company normally releases one flagship tablet every year in addition to a handful of mid-range tablets, even some with S Pen support.
Galaxy Tab series
Samsung has been launching at least one new smartwatch every year for several years now. The company most recently shook up the design for its smartwatch lineup by ditching the physical rotating bezel for a digital one. The most recent smartwatches from Samsung are listed below.
Galaxy Watch Active
Samsung improved its wireless audio game in 2019 with the launch of the Galaxy Buds, it’s new wireless earbuds. The company later released an improved version of the earbuds called the Galaxy Buds+ in 2020.
In addition to its smartwatches that provide a robust suite of health and fitness tracking features, Samsung also offers dedicated fitness trackers under its Galaxy Fit lineup. These are more affordable options for customers who don’t necessarily need a smartwatch but are willing to purchase a fitness tracker.
Samsung has built a serious smart home ecosystem over the past decade as the market as moved towards widespread adoption of connected devices. The company really amped up its efforts in this space with the 2014 acquisition of SmartThings for $200 million. That acquisition was seen by the industry as Samsung making a long-term commitment to the Internet of Things space.
The SmartThings Hub acts as the brain of the connected home, allowing users to control their smart locks, thermostats, speakers, outlets, TVs and even appliances like refrigerators and washing machines. It works with 100s of compatible devices from third-party manufacturers like Philips, Ring, Honeywell, Yale, Kwikset, Schlage as well as the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants. Samsung also sells a mesh Wi-fi system, a smart camera and a tracker under the SmartThings umbrella.
Samsung also entered the smart speaker race with the Galaxy Home back in 2018. However, despite it being almost two years since this product was unveiled, it’s yet to be launched to the public. The company has since unveiled the Galaxy Home mini but that’s only seen a limited release in South Korea so far.
Samsung has been the world’s largest manufacturer of televisions for more than a decade. The company continues to innovate in this space and dominates the premium segment of the market in particular. It was also among the very first TV manufacturers to release 8K TVs to the public. The Samsung Q950TS 8K QLED TV series was unveiled in 2020 with a next-generation Quantum Processor 8K that can use AI to upscale any content to 8K.
Micro LED is just one of the advanced technologies that Samsung is working on to further enhance the TV experience. It already launched the micro LED-based The Wall in 2018. It’s a modular TV which can be scaled in size significantly. A 292-inch 8K version of The Wall was also released by Samsung, in addition to offering the model in 88-inch, 93-inch, 110-inch, and 150-inch sizes.
Samsung also has a Lifestyle TV lineup which while offering an unrivaled viewing experience, also has unconventional designs that really transform these TVs into decorative objects. The series includes two primary models.