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Infographic: The Evolution in Packaging of Samsung’s Galaxy S range of Handsets

July 4, 2014 - Written By Peter Holden

By now, everyone is familiar with Samsung’s Galaxy S range of phones, judging by the record sales that are racked up with each new release, it would seem that many of us have owned at least one of them. And while the phones themselves have come a long way in terms of level of specifications and abilities, it’s easy to forget the container that the handset arrives in. After the initial moment of marvel when first glimpsing the pristine packaging, the box is quickly discarded in our efforts to get our grubby hands on the treasure within. We have an infographic below (courtesy of SamsungTomorrow) depicting how each Galaxy S model’s packaging changed down the years.

The controversial (in the eyes of Apple) Galaxy S GT-I9000 was released in 2010 and began what would become an absolute deluge of Samsung devices. The GT-I9000 arrived in what was at the time a fairly classy, understated compact black or white box, with the ‘Galaxy S’ moniker imprinted on the fop of the box which was made of ‘Lux Fabric’.  The box itself had dimensions of 156 x 96 x 56mm.

2011 saw the subsequent release of the Galaxy S2, whose packaging was very similar to its predecessor, but this time the box was branded as a Samsung Galaxy SII. Samsung also saw fit to include 1.2GHz in order to boast about the SII’s processing power. It was big news at the time, the S2 was one of the first dual-core phones to hit the market, with LG’s Optimus 2X being the very first. The box matched the handsets colour of either black or white with contrasting lettering. The box had been trimmed down, coming in with dimensions of 140 x 81 x 53mm, and made out of an ‘Eco-Soft’ material.

This brings us neatly to the Galaxy S3 in 2012, which came in white, blue, pink and black, with the boxes matching the handset. This time the box material was called ‘Black Onyx’, seeing a slight increase in dimensions to 148 x 81 x 53mm, mostly due to the S3 itself being larger than the S2. The box gave the impression of being two halves with a contrasting segment with they joined, a feature that would be included in subsequent model’s packaging. In essence it made it easier to open the box itself.

Last year the Galaxy S4 was released, and this brought us a new material, called ‘Eco Paper’ with an imprinted faux-wooden effect. The ‘Eco Paper’ is produced entirely from recycled paper, and because it’s printed with ‘Soy-Ink’, its also completely recyclable and thus environmentally friendly. Box dimensions stayed mostly the same as the S3, with just a .5mm increase in height.

And finally, the Galaxy S5 was launched just a few short months ago, with the actual handset being on the receiving end of comments from disappointed fans such as ‘same old, same old’. The packaging itself was consistent with the S4’s, with the main differences coming with ‘Samsung Galaxy S5’ printed in on top of a large figure ‘5’ in the background, as well as the boxes dimensions increasing to 148 x 82 x 55mm. With the hype machine having started regarding Samsung’s Premium Galaxy F handset, it will be interesting to see which material Samsung uses to package it. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or at our Google Plus page.

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