While Samsung’s mobile boss TM Roh has telegraphed plans to bring stylus support to more phones in its lineup, there could still be a new Galaxy Note in 2021. An anonymous Samsung official says Yonhap that the company “is preparing to release the Galaxy Note series next year” and that “Roh’s message does not mean the Galaxy Note series will be discontinued.”
Samsung declined to comment on the specifics of Yonhapreport of when contacted by The edge, but provided the following statement:
Samsung confirms its intention to bring some of the most beloved features of the Galaxy Note to more categories of devices in 2021. We remain committed to providing the best mobile experience for our consumers and will continue to actively listen to and consider consumer feedback in all of our product innovations. We cannot share more details at this time.
The obvious question, if YonhapSamsung’s report is accurate, this is how Samsung will set the Note series apart. This year’s model already felt like you were paying only for S Pen support, considering how the Galaxy S20 FE outperformed it in terms of specs and price.
The Note 20 Ultra was a more compelling – albeit an expensive – proposition, but it’s hard to see how it would fit into an allegedly full complement of stylus-compatible Galaxy S21 devices with comparable screen sizes. And the Galaxy Z Fold 2 shows that foldable phones may soon be a more broadly viable option at Samsung’s high end.
Samsung is expected to unveil its next Galaxy S flagship phones in January, a little earlier than usual. We’ll have to wait and see if this range leaves any gaps for a potential Note 21 to be fulfilled.