Samsung’s cutting-edge technology through the years

January 22, 2013, 12:02 PM UTC
Fortune

2001: Uproar

2001: Uproar

The dual-purpose device was one of the first phones that could play MP3s.

The dual-purpose device was one of the first phones that could play MP3s.

2003: T500

2003: T500

Geared at women, this early phone's internal screen could be used as a makeup mirror.

Geared at women, this early phone's internal screen could be used as a makeup mirror.

2006: BlackJack

2006: BlackJack

At launch, it was the thinnest QWERTY smartphone on the market.

At launch, it was the thinnest QWERTY smartphone on the market.

2007: UpStage

2007: UpStage

The so-called mullet phone had a keypad on the front and an MP3 player on the back.

The so-called mullet phone had a keypad on the front and an MP3 player on the back.

2007: Armani Phone

2007: Armani Phone

Samsung's response to LG's Prada phone came with an Armani-branded cleaning cloth and pouch.

Samsung's response to LG's Prada phone came with an Armani-branded cleaning cloth and pouch.

2009: Impression

2009: Impression

The 3G "messaging" phone featured a touchscreen and pull-out physical keyboard.

The 3G "messaging" phone featured a touchscreen and pull-out physical keyboard.

2010: Zeal

2010: Zeal

The dual-hinge form factor featured a traditional keypad when opened vertically and a full QWERTY option when opened in landscape mode.

The dual-hinge form factor featured a traditional keypad when opened vertically and a full QWERTY option when opened in landscape mode.

2011: Galaxy S II

2011: Galaxy S II

Powered by Google's operating system, the slim device was called the "best Android smartphone" on the market.

Powered by Google's operating system, the slim device was called the "best Android smartphone" on the market.

2011: Galaxy Note

2011: Galaxy Note

The 5.3-inch "phablet" came with a stylus for drawing and taking notes.

The 5.3-inch "phablet" came with a stylus for drawing and taking notes.

2013: Ativ Odyssey

2013: Ativ Odyssey

Samsung's Windows 8 phone is due out later this year and will be one of the first devices running on Microsoft's updated operating system.

Samsung's Windows 8 phone is due out later this year and will be one of the first devices running on Microsoft's updated operating system.