Rumours suggest that Samsung may discontinue its Galaxy Note phone line in 2021. This comes after the tech giant contends with declining demand for its premium smartphones owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Galaxy Note 20, which launched in August this year, could be the last handset in this series
When the Galaxy Note was first launched in the year 2011, it made a groundbreaking record in the market by getting 10 million units sold. It overtook Apple to become the world’s largest smartphone maker for the first time in 2011.
In 2011, a 5.3-inch display was considered massive. Therefore, a huge screen with a stylus for note-taking gained the customers’ attention. Samsung does not have any further plans to develop a new flagship of the Galaxy Note for 2021. Instead, the company is looking forward on its Galaxy S flagship lineup of phones.
A tweet by tipster Max Weinbach reveals Samsung’s upcoming flagship for 2021. The list included premium phones like Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3, and Galaxy Z Fold FE, there is no mention of the Note series. There is also a mention that among the list of the lineup, 3 devices to come with S Pen, but not clarified which three devices specifically.
The Galaxy S series’ top model, the S21, will have a stylus and the next version of Samsung’s foldable phone will be compatible with a stylus, which will be sold separately, one of the sources said.
Rumours suggest that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 would have a dedicated slot for the stylus. However, rumours also suggest that Galaxy S21 will not have a dedicate slot for the S Pen, and instead it might come with a case to carry the S pen with the device.
It is being expected that Samsung’s foldable phones – Z Fold and Z Flip, which are more experimental premium devices, will take the place of the Galaxy Note. The foldable phones are also expected to come with an optional stylus accessory. Samsung’s development effort would now be directed towards channelling into its foldable phone series.
One of the reasons for the discontinuation could be that Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are competing against each other for the same audience, having similar specification, functionality and screen size.
Tom Kang, an analyst at research firm Counterpoint, said sales of Samsung’s Note series are expected to fall by a fifth to 8 million this year while sales of the S series are likely to drop by 5 million to less than 30 million. “Premium demand has decreased this year and many people are not looking for new products,” he said.
Even though Galaxy Note popularized the edge display and featured larger swappable batteries, the removal of the microSD card slot, an IR blaster, and several generations of influential Galaxy hardware design – the trends have changed now.
With Samsung’s foldable phones like Galaxy Z Fold, the company’s futuristic test platform has been wholly usurped. These foldable phones are promises to align with bigger screens and bold new hardware than the Note.