Samsung's Galaxy Note series will continue next year: Report
S21 stylus support might not end the series.
While Samsung's head TM Roh has telegraphed plans to bring stylus support to more phones in its line, in 2021, there might be a new Galaxy Note. An anonymous Samsung official tells Yonhap that the company is "preparing to release the Galaxy Note series next year" and that "Roh's message does not mean that the Galaxy Note series will be discontinued."
When contacted by The Verge, Samsung chose not to comment on the details of Yonhap's report, but gave the following statement:
Samsung confirms plans to bring some of the most beloved features of the Galaxy Note to more device categories in 2021. We remain committed to providing the best mobile experience to our consumers and will continue to actively listen and consider consumer feedback in all our product innovations. We cannot share any further details at this time.
Now the question arises, if Yonhap's report is accurate, is how Samsung will differentiate the Note series. This year's model already looked like it was paying just for the S Pen support, considering how the Galaxy S20 FE out-specs and downgraded it in price.
The Note 20 Ultra was a more compelling, albeit pricey proposition. Still, it's hard to see how it would fit alongside an alleged full complement of stylus-compatible Galaxy S21 devices with comparable screen sizes. And the Galaxy Z Fold 2 shows that folding phones may soon be a more viable option at the higher end of Samsung's range.
Samsung is expected to unveil its upcoming Galaxy S flagship phones, which were widely leaked, in January a little earlier than usual. We'll need to wait and see if that lineup leaves any gaps for a possible Note 21 to fill.