Oh, yea Samsung Galaxy Note series lovers, can we have a moment of silence for the “fallen” Note series?
This is probably the most disheartening story about a smartphone lineup- being shut down for good.
There have been numerous claims that Samsung may be shutting down the Galaxy Note lineup for good and while that may not sound well with those of us that fell in love with the “first big smartphone”, it may be time to let it go.
When Samsung failed to release a new Galaxy Note 21 series this year, many had wondered if it’s just due to the chip shortages or whether there is more to the story from the South Korean tech giant’s business point of view.
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When the first Galaxy Note was introduced back in Oct. 2011, the device was really polarizing due to its size at that time. It was the biggest smartphone at that time with a big 5.4-inch display.
The Galaxy Note series was supposed to be the prime of all Galaxy smartphones every year and it included a stylus pen that is well integrated into the hardware.
However, the unique differences between the Galaxy Note series and the Galaxy S series started blurring back in 2017, 2018 and then 2019happened.
Yeah! That was the time Samsung announced the first Galaxy Fold which would be the replacement for the Galaxy Note lineup.
If you consider the incredible love that foldable smartphones have been getting from consumers even though they’re much more expensive, the introduction of the current Galaxy Z Fold 3 with a drop in its price tag shows that the future of premium smartphones may be foldable.
And then Samsung gave both the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the current Galaxy S21 Ultra support for its S-Pen stylus which to me was the final nail on the coffin of the Galaxy Note series.
Now to make matters worst, there have been rumors that the next-gen Galaxy S22 Ultra will be like a Galaxy S-Note hybrid in many ways such as the design as well as its support for the S-Pen.
But we wouldn’t really know whether the device will offer a pocket to store the S-Pen like it used to be on the Galaxy Note lineup or it’s just going to be a third-party accessory that will be optional like we have it on the current Galaxy S21 Ultra.
In fact, Samsung is reportedly shutting down the production of its Galaxy nOTE 20 lineup and focusing its resources on the production of its foldable smartphones as well as the future Galaxy S22 series.
Even though many people love the Galaxy Note lineup, its relevance has been dwindling since the Galaxy S series has become a match for its prowess. Oftentimes, the only thing that sets the Galaxy Note series aside from the others is the inclusion of the S-Pen which shouldn’t be so.
But when you consider the current state of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 as an example, it’s a true business and multi-tasking device with a larger display that can be folded into half as well as offering support for the S-Pen.
Also, big screens aren’t just a thing of the Galaxy Note series. Huawei Mate 20 X took the screen size to a whole new level with its humongous 7.2-inch panel.
And there are smartphones within the 7.0-inch display range nowadays so screen size shouldn’t be the only reason why Samsung will continue to make the Galaxy Note series if it has other devices that can take its place – especially those that are currently being favored by consumers hence the foldable lineup.