Recent weeks have brought plenty of speculation that Samsung may not release Galaxy Note phones in 2021. Now we have the strongest indication yet the range is on the outs.
A new report from Reuters, the most credible news organisation yet, brings word from sources claiming Samsung may discontinue the range due to the fall in demand for the company’s high-end smartphones.
The large-screened device has been a fixture of Samsung’s annual release schedule for over a decade, but the sources say there are no plans to release a handset brandishing the name in 2021. Another Reuters source says Samsung has now reassigned development resources into the next-generation foldable phones, expected to be new versions of the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold in 2021.
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With larger screened phones now the norm, the Galaxy Note range has had less to distinguish it from the pack in recent years. However, its most identifiable feature, the S Pen stylus will live on according to the report.
The sources say Samsung the next-generation Galaxy Z Fold handset will be compatible with an S Pen, as will the next-gen Galaxy S21 expected early next year. Whether there’ll be a holster for the stylus within the phone, or whether it would sit within a case remains to be seen.
Samsung declined an invitation to comment on the report, but the tide of speculation would now suggest it’d be a surprise if we saw the Galaxy Note 21 at this point. Especially given the Galaxy Note 20 was somewhat of a flop.
While there are sure to be sections of the smartphone buying public who will miss this phone, it’s no surprise to see Samsung move its foldable phones into this bi-annual flagship release spot.
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