Android Headliner: Why the Galaxy Note Line is Now Samsung’s “Flagship” Line

October 23, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

We’ve noticed last year and this in particular that it seems like Samsung works more on the Galaxy Note devices than the Galaxy S and even Galaxy Tab. For the purpose of this editorial, I’ll be considering the Galaxy Tab line as part of the Galaxy S, since they launched around the same time. The Galaxy S line launched in 2010, and at the time there were a ton of variants. In fact, the Galaxy S2 had about 3 different variants on AT&T alone. While the Galaxy Note line started in 2011, it was only a year after the Galaxy S line, but after the second Galaxy S device, the Galaxy S2. When the Galaxy Note launched in late 2011, many people criticized it for having a large 5.3-inch display. But it still sold like crazy, and that was before it made it’s way to the US.


Looking at the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3, you can really see that the Galaxy Note 2 is the true flagship. Better processor and specs, better build (sort of), better battery life, better features, etc. Same thing happened this year with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4. For example, this year the Galaxy S4 launched with the Snapdragon 600 and 2GB of RAM. Now I know that the Snapdragon 800 wasn’t available when the Galaxy S4 was announced. But when you compare the specs of both the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 3 really trumps the Galaxy S4. Additionally, the Galaxy S4 had quite a few bugs and even some lag at launch. Those were all fixed with a quick OTA, but it still existed. However with the Galaxy Note 3 at launch, no lag or really any bugs. At least on the Snapdragon 800 version. I’m sure there’s some lag on the Exynos 5 Octa version (since there’s lag on the Exynos 5 Octa Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition).


Of course, a lot of the Galaxy Note 3 features will make their way to the Galaxy S5 come next year, as well as the Galaxy S4 probably with the Android 4.3 update. But it’s quite noticeable that Samsung spends more time on the Galaxy Note devices than the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab devices. As far as the Galaxy Tab line goes, they seem to be the “low-end” tablets as the 7-inch version is priced at $179, then its also got some pretty low-end specs.

What do all of you think? Is the Galaxy Note line now Samsung’s true Flagship devices? Or are they just two different lines of devices for different use cases? Let us know in the comments down below.